How to Handle Wedding Guest Problems
Wedding plans are already hard to manage in the first place, and having to deal with uncooperative guests could bring you too close to your breaking point. There is no need to worry as you can handle wedding guest problems with grace just like with the other items on your wedding planning checklist. Here are some tips:
When unwanted guests get invited…
Most of the time, having unwanted guests is a result of some people inviting themselves. They’ll just announce to the bride and groom-to-be (or the couple’s family) that they’ll be attending. If this happens, what you can do is to not send them a copy of the invitation. If the said guest is persistent, you could make sure that the details of the event don’t reach them at all. Avoid posting anything on social media prior to the event. Should you have to use social media, create a private group chat. You can also assign people to serve as point-of-contact so you don’t have to have too many people on the group chat.
If in case your parents (or other invited guests) are responsible for inviting the unwanted guests, talk to them about doing the “uninviting” for you. Try to be as calm as possible but be firm that you will not allow the unwanted guests to be at your wedding.
When the uninvited guest still shows up on your wedding day, well, just ignore him or her as much as possible. Don’t let anyone ruin your big day. Deal with the uninvited guest on another day.
When family members and friends are known for their embarrassing behavior…
You probably have relatives who are known for their ill-mannered behavior. And since they are part of the family, you can’t just uninvite them to the occasion. If you’re sure they will cause a scene, you can choose to have an intimate immediate family-only ceremony. To pacify them, what you can do is to just invite them to the reception. You can make up an excuse that you’re working within a budget, or that you did that for their sake as you don’t want them to have to sit still for a long time.
Additionally, you can also just opt to have 2 separate receptions: one specifically for friends and colleagues, and another for family and relatives. Since your relatives are most likely aware of what to expect from the cheeky members anyway, they would not have as many complaints. These receptions don’t have to be full-blown events either. A simple sitdown meal for both should be enough to pacify them.
When a guest gets too involved with the decisions…
Some guests like to provide unsolicited advice. And while you can try to ignore them, there are some who like to air out their disappointment when you don’t heed their advice. If this happens and you want to take the high road, just tell them that their advice came a little too late and that the details have already been finalized.
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