How to Handle Unruly Wedding Guests

Champagne bottles in a bucketMost weddings go off flawlessly, with the guests all behaving themselves and having a magnificent time. But, every once in a while, a situation arises where a wedding guest must be forcibly removed or restrained. Here are some tips for handling this scenario, so nothing prevents the execution of your ideal, dream wedding.

1) Identify Potential Problem Guests Beforehand

If you know that your aunt hates your fiancé or his cousin has a reputation for drinking too much and getting belligerent, it is important to let the planner be aware. You don’t have to withdraw the person’s invitation or put a muzzle on them, but you can have a trusted family member keep a close eye on him or her.

2) Speak to Anyone with Objections

If someone has a serious objection to your union, don’t wait until you are at the altar to address it. Speak to the individual privately or send one of your parents. Talking through the problem could help clear up the misunderstanding.

3) Remember: It is YOUR Day

When speaking with the objectionable person, find out what the issue is. If it involves something that cannot be resolved, such as the race or religion of the fiancé, then it may be in your best interest to take away the invitation. This is harsh, but you should not be worrying about Uncle Mortimer making an offensive statement on your big day.

4) Monitor Alcohol Consumption

Open bars can lead to open mouths, and people’s true opinions will start to come out. They may also start acting foolish, rude, or inappropriate. This does not mean you should have a dry wedding; it means that you need to make sure your bartender does not over serve anyone.

5) Act Swiftly

Don’t let bad situations get further out of control. Have an usher quickly remove the inconsiderate individual so that the ceremony and reception can proceed.

Best of luck on your coming nuptials!