13 Things You Should Never Do at a Wedding

When two people pledge their eternal devotion to each other before God and swarms of invited guests, it’s naturally cause for celebration.

When we consider the many tedious details that miraculously come together to create this special day (costing $27,021 on average), it’s terrifying to think a wedding day is only as safe as its drunkest guest.

Leave it to the bride’s attention-whore sorority sister or the groom’s lit bandmate to make a perfectly lovely day one to remember for all the wrong reasons.

In honor of the wedding month of June, we’ve rounded up 13 things you should never do at a wedding.

  • Make it all about you 1 of 13
    Make it all about you
    Don't even think about proposing to your girlfriend, announcing a pregnancy, or coming out of the closet on the couple's special day. Thunder-stealing is expressly prohibited.
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  • Change your seat 2 of 13
    Change your seat
    Uh oh, you got seated at the loser table. If you only knew the amount of time and stress the happy couple endured as a result of this carefully calculated seating arrangement. You best suck it up and stay put.
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  • Not RSVP and show up 3 of 13
    Not RSVP and show up
    If your dog ate your RSVP card, you're out of luck, my friend. If you can't bear to miss the blessed union, arrive for the ceremony and leave prior to the reception. It's a seating chart thing, surely you understand.
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  • RSVP and not show up 4 of 13
    RSVP and not show up
    Ooo, nothing burns a bride more than paying for a head that never showed up. Unless you've been kidnapped or are lying in a hospital somewhere, you have a lot of explaining to do.
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  • Arrive too late or too early 5 of 13
    Arrive too late or too early
    It doesn't matter that weddings usually start late, be there on time. Arriving ridiculously early is just as rude, so kill time in a coffee shop if you need to.
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  • Interrupt a wedding 6 of 13
    Interrupt a wedding
    Sure, they do it in the movies all the time, but if you need to tell one of the betrothed that you're still in love with them, a little advance planning goes a long way.
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  • Dress inappropriately 7 of 13
    Dress inappropriately
    We've always heard it's poor etiquette to wear white to a wedding. Equally inappropriate is hoochie attire for women and tennis shoes for men. Dress appropriately for the occasion with special consideration made if the ceremony is in a house of worship.
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  • Take pictures during the ceremony 8 of 13
    Take pictures during the ceremony
    It's tempting to be the first among your friends to post a wedding pic on Facebook, but the extra flashes and camera noises are an unnecessary distraction. Leave the photography to the professionals.
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  • Leave your cell phone on 9 of 13
    Leave your cell phone on
    No one wants to hear Jay-Z's "That's My Bitch" ringtone in the middle of the I-Do's. Silence your phone, or better yet, leave it in the car.
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  • Invite the uninvited 10 of 13
    Invite the uninvited
    Maybe you were invited with a +1, maybe you weren't. Pay careful attention to whom the invitation is addressed and if you're unsure whether you're permitted to bring a guest or children, contact the happy couple.
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  • Get hammered 11 of 13
    Get hammered
    Sure, there's an open bar, but that doesn't make this frat party. Have a good time, drink responsibly, and refrain from dancing on tables or making out with the wait staff.
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  • Make a drunk and/or offensive toast 12 of 13
    Make a drunk and/or offensive toast
    Leave the toasts to the wedding party and close family, particularly if you're intoxicated or planning to tell an embarrassing story. While the groom might someday find it in his heart to forgive you, the bride never will.
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  • Sing with the wedding band 13 of 13
    Sing with the wedding band
    We know, you're totally the next American Idol, but save your natural talent for karaoke night, not the wedding reception.
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