How To Save Your Dream Wedding From Wedding Crashers?
Wedding crashers could ruin the most important day of your life. By taking a few simple precautions, you may avoid having your wedding ruined by an unwanted guest (an ex, a plus one, or a stranger).
The Wedding Crashers are...
Guests who weren't invited to the wedding but showed up nonetheless may be friends or family members. They could also be the friends, partners, or children of your invited guests who were left out of the invitation process. Even if they didn't come to cause trouble, there was a good reason they weren't invited, and the party was organized around the invited attendees.
A few guests at a wedding are just looking for an easy score. When they consider your big day, they picture an open bar and free meals. Others engage in it while being aware of its immorality. They can't wait to spoil someone else's special day. In any case, they're taking advantage of your kindness and making things difficult for the guests you had planned to have.
However, others choose to crash a wedding to take advantage of the happy atmosphere and steal money or gifts from the attendees. If there are any presents, especially monetary ones, ensure they are hidden away safely and out of sight once the celebration begins. The other type of wedding crasher is someone who has a grudge against you and has come to your wedding to exact revenge or otherwise spoil your big day.
Wedding crashers and how to stop them?
If you adhere to these guidelines, you may relax and enjoy your special day without worrying about wedding crashers.
Reserve the venue exclusively for your wedding reception
- Make sure there are no other activities scheduled for the time of your wedding reception by contacting the booking manager. Your guests might wander from one party to another if there are simultaneous events such as weddings, birthday parties, or business gatherings in the same building as yours.
- Do not have your reception at a location that serves as a public restaurant, bar, or motel. Guests may be tempted to crash your party if they see how much fun you're having.
- Except in the case of huge venues, however, most reputable establishments only host one major event at a time.
- If your event is held in a shared venue, ask the staff to assist you in monitoring the entrance to your section of the venue, or you can provide your guests with wristbands or other forms of identification to ensure that they are the only ones with access to the complimentary refreshments you've provided.
Restrict online sharing of details
- You want everyone to participate in your joy over your upcoming wedding, but you shouldn't announce the location or time of the ceremony on any public platform. You shouldn't tell anyone where the party is until after everyone has had a chance to enjoy themselves and the details can be shared.
- If you upload something online, remember that it can go viral for reasons beyond our control. It can be challenging to prevent others from seeing or sharing a private group or event listing, even if you build one.
- Private communications or a secure mailing for a wedding guest list are the best ways to avoid the worst kind of wedding crashers from accessing important information you need to send over the internet.
Email invites to your guests
Instead of sending out physical invites, you could opt to mail invitation cards to your guests. There are several upsides to taking this action.
- First, instead of the usual pile of bills and trash mail, who wouldn't instead discover a beautifully designed, customized card? Each of your guests will leave your wedding with a special memento they can hold in their hands and remember your special day by.
- Second, physical card transmission eliminates potential security problems, unlike when sharing information online. Let's be honest: sending a handwritten note is more complex than sending a tweet.
- At last, you can request that only guests attend the wedding by having them bring the invitation card they were given. Include a ticket or separate "entry card" if you don't want guests to have to get the actual card.
- You'll need some imagination if you're having a public wedding. Consider eliminating a few locations with public eateries and a high foot traffic count.
Prepare Place Cards and Name Tags for Every Guest.
- Be sure that every one of your guests has a name card at their designated table. Everyone who isn't seated and hasn't been given a name card isn't on the guest list and has no business being there.
- Guests can use their name cards to get drinks at the bar if they opt for a more casual seating arrangement, and this will help deter someone who wasn't invited from running up your tab. Name cards, like invitation cards, can be customized to make attendees feel special and provide them with a memorable keepsake of the event.
Ask your close friends and family to look out for unfamiliar faces.
You might assume it would be simple to identify a stranger who wasn't invited to your wedding. Remember, these people matter most to you and your future spouse. On the other hand, this is your big day, so you've got other, more pressing concerns on your mind. That's in addition to the dozens of distant cousins and friends our parents insisted on bringing.
- Have your closest friends and family members strike up conversations with strangers. This allows them to discreetly determine if the person is authorized to be there. If you suspect a wedding crasher, you should probe them with questions regarding the event.
- If they are a genuine visitor (and if you've taken all the necessary precautions, they probably are!), this is a wonderful opportunity to make them feel at home. We don't want our friends and family going overboard in their efforts to help us identify potential crashers, so be careful not to instill them with too much enthusiasm!
Some extra measures to avoid wedding gatecrashers
Hire some muscle power
Hire a doorman or hostess if money is no object. They can welcome your guests and prevent trespassers from entering. There's a chance you already know someone who'd be thrilled to fill this role for you.
The key is to keep things manageable
Another option for preventing unwanted guests is to host a small, invitation-only ceremony. Anyone who doesn't belong stands out more in a close-knit group of people you already know well.
Have a dress code
If you're planning a wedding and are worried about unwanted guests, you can show off your eccentric side by establishing a theme or a dress code that no one is expected to follow. At the very least, this will make it simpler to identify and exclude any would-be "party crashers."
Learn the telltale signs of a gatecrasher at your wedding
- Identifying a potential wedding crasher during a huge celebration can be challenging, but there are several telltale signals to keep in mind.
- The uninvited guest will likely be standing around the food and drink stations or the dance floor, as they will not be seated. They might slip away during the meal and the speeches to use the restroom or do something else.
- Always watch the bar area since here is where many wedding crashers will assemble to take advantage of the open bar.
- When talking to the bride and her family, they could pose as a friend of the groom or vice versa. One way to identify a wedding crasher is to have the bride and groom speak to them jointly.
- Similarly, if someone claims to be a distant cousin, aunt, or uncle, confronting them with family members from both sides of the family at the same time can expose their falsehood.
- Ask them anything about the bride or groom that only a close friend or relative would know, including their full names, where they grew up, and when they got married.
How to deal with a wedding crasher?
You might take a few steps if you have reason to believe an unwanted guest is present at your wedding.
- First, tell a close friend or relative about your worries and have them talk to the guest in question. If the visitor is there without an invitation, they might recognize them. A guest is not likely to be invited if neither the bride nor the groom knows who they are, and neither set of parents recognizes them.
- Tell the venue employees if you suspect a wedding crasher, and they can discreetly remove them from the premises. They need to be sensitive to the issue and have expertise in dealing with uninvited event attendees. You may want to ask the venue you're considering if they have a plan to discreetly and efficiently deal with a wedding crasher before making your final decision.
We're confident that you won't allow wedding crashers to dampen your big day if you follow the advice on BridalFusion.com. More helpful information and ideas for brides and wedding planners can be found in our blog.