Your wedding day is going to be one of the most memorable days of your life. You’ll be looking your absolute best, you’ll proclaim your love for your partner, and then you’ll dance the night away. It’s going to be awesome. Provided, of course, you avoid a few traps that can turn that awesome day into a cringe-worthy event. Here are four awkward moments that can happen during a wedding and how to avoid them.
In the Year of Our Lord Two Thousand and Fifteen, isn’t it mystifying that we still do the whole garter thing? It’s a tradition that started back when people would rush the bride and rip off her dress, leaving her in tears and barely dressed. I guess we’ve made some progress since then, but here we are: every wedding, the groom goes up the bride’s dress, pulls off a garter, and tosses it to the crowd.
Avoid it by: Just don’t do the garter toss. If you absolutely must do it, have the groom remove the garter in a little private couple time before the toss. If you absolutely must have the groom remove the garter in company, at least don’t make him use his teeth.
Your first kiss as a married couple is a super-romantic moment that should make the whole audience swoon. But if the kiss goes on too long or is, shall we say, a little too enthusiastic, suddenly you’re playing tonsil hockey in front of your parents and grandparents. Then it goes from “awe” to “awkward.”
Avoid it by: Of course we’re not going to suggest that you skip the kiss. Just keep it sincere but brief. No tongues and no butt-grabbing.
There’s nothing wrong with a heartfelt wedding toast, or speeches from the happy couple’s parents. But when someone’s had a little too much to drink, that hilarious roast speech can turn nasty, and the heartfelt speeches get weepy and unintelligible. Most people are unaccustomed to public speaking anyway; add too much alcohol and it just gets worse.
Avoid it by: Having a dry wedding with no alcohol served. Just kidding! You can’t stop people from getting a little tipsy, but you can have the speeches before dinner, before people have had a chance to really hit the bar.
Rhythm-Challenged Guests Attempting to Dance
Let’s face it–folks over 35 or so probably aren’t hitting the club on a regular basis. You’re going to see a lot of people dancing who don’t frequently dance, and they’re not going to be very good at it. Expect a lot of awkward feet-shuffling, and then the one wacky uncle who is ironically attempting to break dance.
Avoid it by: well, you can’t really avoid it. So you might as well embrace it. As long as your guests are happy and having fun, and no one’s in immediate danger of injuring themselves, you’re doing fine. Just try not to judge the bad dancers.
Do your best to avoid these awkward moments, but definitely keep in mind that awkward moments are bound to happen during even a very well-planned wedding ceremony. A few little glitches will make the whole thing more memorable for everyone involved. So plan to avoid the awkward, but don’t be too upset if a few awkward moments sneak in anyway.