PW Guide Article: The 5 Most Common Wedding Guest Complaints

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The 5 Most Common Wedding Guest Complaints

Find out what most irks guests at a wedding and learn how to avoid these common planning pitfalls

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Posted on January 10, 2009 at 9:12 am
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anyone heard of any more guest gripes??


 

Posted on January 10, 2009 at 9:12 am
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The biggest one I've heard is "table full of strangers." Seems like a lot of guests gripe about not being able to spend any time with the bride and groom (but I'm like, "HELLO, they have 200 people to spend time with today!!")... Also, the meal is always a big hot button, as is the bar (or lack thereof). Oh, and I HATE not being able to hear the ceremony, especially the vows.

Posted on January 10, 2009 at 9:19 am
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I agree with not being able to hear the ceremony. The point of being a guest is to celebrate with the bride and groom which is hard to do if you dont know whats going on.

Posted on February 1, 2009 at 3:42 pm
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Having an outdoor reception that goes into the evening without providing heaters may be very uncomfortable for guests.  I remember attending a June wedding in Southern California where this was the case and the only thing that I remember about the wedding is being cold

Posted on February 1, 2009 at 3:56 pm
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Baaaad DJ!

Posted on February 1, 2009 at 3:58 pm
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Yup...DJ keeps the party moving...I hate when there's a bad DJ

Posted on February 1, 2009 at 4:09 pm
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When things run really late, and dinner is not served until much after a normal dinner time would be one I've heard and experienced a couple of times.

Posted on August 25, 2009 at 3:35 pm
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Or exactly the opposite of MommyLynda...being too hot! 3pm outside weddings in July in Memphis...ugh! All you can think about is how sweaty you feel!

Posted on August 25, 2009 at 3:39 pm
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I totally agree with the speech that never ends!!! I hate that! 


What can I do to make sure it doesn't happen at my wedding though?

Posted on August 25, 2009 at 4:45 pm
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I am getting married in Mexico, I won't be having any of these problems.  Plus our guests aren't big on speaches :)

Posted on November 19, 2009 at 12:31 pm
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Errr I meant speeches

Posted on November 19, 2009 at 12:33 pm
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I completely agree with the long speeches!! they should be SHORT AND SWEET!!!

Posted on November 19, 2009 at 12:37 pm
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#1 Guest Gripe I hear (among family AND friends) is being hungry after the meal. My 65 year old father is not interested in "cute" looking entrees aka. a slice of beef w/ one potato and an asparagus...he just wants something filling! ESP. at an all day event.


No one likes feeling hungry...esp when you are "stuck" somewhere and can't go and grab a snack. I honestly feel food makes or breaks an event based on personal experience.

Posted on November 19, 2009 at 12:38 pm
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Yep - the food. Either not enough food, bad food, cold food, no late lunch, not enough late lunch, dinner too late, that is pretty much the biggest complaint I have had, and hear about.

Posted on December 30, 2009 at 8:16 pm
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I attended an evening outdoor wedding and had to leave early because the mosquitoes were having a feast.  All you saw were guests trying to swat the mosquitoes away.  

Posted on December 31, 2009 at 12:45 am
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The one I've heard most recently - a speech that is all an inside joke between the person giving the speech and the bride and/or groom.  Although I'm not sure that would really bother me - the speech isn't about the guests, its about the couple, so who cares if I don't get it as long as the couple does?

Posted on December 31, 2009 at 12:51 am
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Hmmm - I would be a bit irritated at a speech that was an inside joke. The same goes for anything that is said in poor taste.

Posted on December 31, 2009 at 1:46 pm
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same here Mexico wedding at gourmet all inclusive resort...i hope the food wouldn' be the gripe!!

Posted on January 1, 2010 at 12:27 pm
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Music that isn't crowd friendly... only the bridal party or bride and groom 'get it'.

Posted on January 1, 2010 at 12:33 pm
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A long wait between ceremony and reception. When you are out of town and have to find something to do or some place to eat between because you are starving and can't wait for the reception.


Or having to wait for a ceremony that starts late.

Posted on January 1, 2010 at 12:33 pm
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