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25 Worst Things to Say to a Bride on Her Wedding Day

by Wedding Shoppe Blogger: Molly S. August 5, 2015 @ 1:22 pm

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There are just some things you do not want to hear on your big day. Emotions are running high. A whole lot of planning, time, money, sweat, tears, and happiness went into this event. You are a guest at this event. Act kindly, wisely, and politely. Don’t blow it.

I’m not a bride-to-be, but I am an opinionated person with a functioning keyboard and a little bit of sass. This advice is geared for weddings, but can really be used for any big social event. So, let’s get to it!


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25 Worst Things to Say to a Bride on Her Wedding Day:

1. “I’m invited, right?” The pre-wedding/event question of our nightmares. Unfortunately, not everyone we’ve ever met can be invited to the big day (unless you’re Kimye…). I don’t want to feel this pressure from everyone who congratulates me on the big news. The internet is a beautiful thing (I mean you get to read this after all!) But it has also expanded social circles in ways that our great-grandparents could’ve never dreamed. Just because we’re FB friends, doesn’t necessarily mean you’re going to be invited to the biggest day of my life. So, please…don’t ask.

2. “How much did all of this cost?” Just no. Money is a taboo topic to begin with, so why even bother bringing it up at a wedding? If I want to share the price tag, I’ll find a way to bring it up. Odds are the only time price will be willingly brought up is if I got some stellar deal that I want to shout about from the mountaintops. Unless that happens, don’t talk about it.

3. “So, when are you having kids now?” Easy, tiger. I basically just said, “I do,” five minutes ago, give me a second to catch my breath. Babies are super cute and precious, but they aren’t everyone’s thing. And there shouldn’t be pressure to rush it. You might just say this while you’re joking around, but maybe just steer clear of baby talk all together and enjoy the present. In fact, here’s a pre-baby bucket list that can’t be ignored >>

4. “It’s O.K…” Um, what? Do you understand how much energy was expended on this occasion? I want to hear that everything was absolutely fantastic or I want to hear nothing at all (but mostly I want to hear that it’s fantastic). Even if you don’t personally love it, don’t tell me you think my choices are mediocre.

5. “I can’t believe you got him/her to settle.” Hi. You’re talking about my new Mr. here. I just promised forever to this dude, don’t try to freak me out by bringing up his past. People go through wilder phases, it doesn’t mean that they are incapable of settling down.


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6. “I’m not wearing this.” You’ve heard the term Bridezilla, but have you ever heard of a Bridesmaidzilla? It’s a thing (or maybe I just made it up.) Don’t be that girl who tells me she refuses to wear the dress I pick out. Trust my vision. You will have your own day where you can call the shots, so just nod your head and smile for this one.

7. “You look kind of tired.” I despise when people say this to me, on any occasion. You might as well just slap concealer on my face and keep your words to yourself. I think I would be less offended.

8. “We lost the groom.” Ha. Probably one of the worst things to say to a bride who’s already stressed. Unless this is not a joke, and we actually have an emergency on our hands, do not scare me like this.

9. “I hope it’s cool if I brought some friends with me!” About that… if I had wanted to invite your friends, I would have asked for their addresses. I have to pause here. I can’t lie to you, dear reader. I did indeed semi-crash a reception once. But here’s the thing: I had permission to do so. I got the thumbs up to tag along with a few friends to a friend’s cousin’s wedding dance (super close connection, right?) If you get the A-OK to invite a friend to the dance, that’s one thing. But do not throw a curveball and bring your whole crew.

10. “My food wasn’t very good.” The average cost per guest is $136 in Minnesota. You think that’s spendy? You don’t even want to know how expensive New York is (Okay, yes you do. It’s $630 PER PERSON!) Throwing a wedding doesn’t happen with pocket change. Be considerate of this when you share your opinions.


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11. “This isn’t really my style.” Oh, I’m sorry. Is it supposed to be your style? Couples have inside jokes, joint interests, and unique characteristics. Just because it isn’t something you would pick for yourself, doesn’t mean it doesn’t have special meaning to the person who selected it.

12. “I hate this song.” Well, guess what? Odds are someone here does like it. Let them have their one dance or sing-a-long song, and you can request the next one. Or, if it is a more important song like the first dance, father-daughter dance, or the mother-son dance, please just bite your tongue. This tune is special to us in some way or another, don’t diminish that.

13. “Has anyone seen the photographer/DJ/caterer/officiant?” This corresponds with number 8. Unless we have a serious emergency, please do not add to my anxiety.

14. “Where do I pick up my party favor?” Don’t jump to conclusions. While many couples do cute little take-aways, not all do. Like we discussed earlier, nuptials are not cheap. Everyone has priorities, and party favors might get trumped by a lot of other wedding expenses. Doesn’t mean we don’t love and appreciate you though!

15. “The flowers are looking a little wilted.” Time to recall what mother used to say, “If you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all.” Flowers, while beautiful, are just a minor detail in the grand scheme of life. They might not look garden-fresh over the entire span of the union; that’s just life—no need to point it out now.


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16. “Are you sure you want to eat that?” This is a question I never want to be asked. Ever. I love food. It makes me happy. If I want to eat a large Dairy Queen Blizzard hours before I squeeze into my dream dress, let me indulge. I’m a firm believer in the idea of moderation, so unless I am going absolutely crazy and eating three loaves of bread daily, please do not comment on my eating habits.

17. “I totally hope you guys beat the divorce statistics!” You know that 50% rate that gets tossed around? It’s not even accurate. Regardless, I don’t want to hear about the potential end of my happily-ever-after minutes after it begins. Educate yourself first, and even if you don’t think the union will last, don’t talk about it.

18. “…whatever makes you happy!” This one is all about tone. If you say this with a smile and really mean it, then you are in the clear. If you are rolling your eyes and saying this through clenched teeth, we have a problem. It is my big day! It should be about whatever makes me happy. Happiness is what this whole event is about anyway, isn’t it?

19. “Where is the open bar?” I love the idea of an open bar. Let your guests have a great time without worrying about the bill. Downside to this? A hefty invoice for whoever gets to take on the cost. Having an open bar is far from cheap, so again, don’t make assumptions and respect budget restrictions before you speak.

20. “You’re going there/doing that for your honeymoon?” Again, this one is about tone. Everybody has their own taste for adventure. Whether it’s an Italian excursion or a simple camping weekend, just because it isn’t your idea of fun doesn’t mean it isn’t perfect for someone else.


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21. “I spent a lot of money to get here.” An invitation isn’t a subpoena. I wanted your presence on this happy occasion, but I didn’t force you to attend anything. I sincerely appreciate the time, effort, and resources you put into attending the biggest day of my life, but please don’t make me feel like I guilted you into the occasion.

22. “Can I make a song request to liven things up a bit?” First rule of attending a party: Never tell the host that his or her party sucks—no matter how passive-aggressively you are able to phrase it.

23. “I don’t love where I’m sitting. Can I move?” If I assigned you seating, odds are I put some serious intention behind the arrangement. If you are concerned about who you may be seated with, or would like to sit with someone specifically, please mention this to me well in advance and I will accommodate you the best I can. Pretty please, don’t be switching place cards when I’m not looking.

24. “Your dress is so pretty! Not my style, but you look great!” Let’s edit this phrase to something that IS acceptable. “Your dress is so pretty! You look great!” Just leave it at that.

25. “Did you hear about the drama between so and so?” Eh, nope! And I don’t really care to! Unless I need to be forewarned about a groomsman with a black eye or a bridesmaid with wrangled hair, I don’t even want to know. Everyone should be on his and her best behavior during this happy time. Let’s all be friends!

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Always remember wedding guest etiquette.

This list could be written a hundred different ways. Some of the above phrases won’t even phase some of you brides and grooms—but let’s play it on the safe side. Weddings are happy times, not a day to complain. Certainly there is a time and place for opinions (this blog, for example). But when it comes to someone else’s dream day, wait until you are home behind closed doors to start analyzing every detail. Recall the age-old adage, “Treat others as you would like to be treated.” Do you want to be asked questions like this in the future? I know I don’t!

It may not be your ideal day, but that’s just it… it’s not yours. Embrace the things you like about the wedding and take the things you don’t like to be a learning experience. I don’t know if there is such thing as too many compliments and kind phrases during a wedding. Err on the side of sweetness. Now, go put on your polite-pants and a smile, and have a good time!

What do you think should be added to this list of the worst things to say to a bride? Share them below—I can’t wait to read!

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  • Comments

  • Donna

    Words of wisdom , my daughter is planning her wedding right now . Think it would be ok to put a copy of these “don’t say it” in the invitations ? Just kidding lol . I’m sure I
    will be hearing lots of things from pushy people with already married children , they are the worst. Thanks again your a great writer.

  • Amanda

    Hi. I think this article is pretty on point!! As I am getting married in one week I have a few thing I feel could be added to this list! I’m very excited about my wedding but we’ve definitely had some unnecessary stress caused by friends, family, and the wedding party. So I’d like to share and maybe this will be a little bit of a way to vent! lol
    1. “Where’s the after party? Midnight is too early to go home!” (From my fiancé’s father.. And some of the family who are now figuring out a bar to go to or getting a party bus afterwards)
    Really? The reception IS the after party and a very expensive one at that! Also, this day is supposed be about celebrating our marriage and the joining of our families.. It’s not a drunk-fest. If you’d like to continue on.. More power to you but we will have a long day, it’s our wedding night, and though we are not jetting off the next morning for the honeymoon, most couples do. We don’t want to feel exhausted and miserable the next day.
    2. “You mean, you didn’t sort out our transportation? At least the best man should have.” (Another one from the father in law to be)
    Are you Kidding? Since when do the bride and groom have to sort out guest transportation? It’s not a destination wedding but even then if you agree to come you need to be responsible enough to get yourself there and back. Don’t we have enough to worry about that day without have to sort out transportation for family or friends? We’ll worry about our own transportation, you worry about yours!
    3. “I don’t want to drive myself that day, can you pick me up?” Honey, I’m not chauffeuring anyone around on my big day. I’m not even driving myself. (This was a question from my 20 year old bridesmaid/soon to be sister-in-law)
    4. “I’m not staying for dinner because a your maid of honor is annoying me. Also I’m not going out dancing because it’s not really something I’m in for and won’t have a good time.” (From my Matron of Honor at the bachelorette party)
    You’re my matron of honor.. You hold the biggest role of all bridesmaids and your supposed to be my best friend and you can’t be there and put aside you own personal issues for one night, for me? I don’t think it’s asking much.
    5. “I can’t be there when you want me to be because my 4 year old has a soccer game the day of the wedding” (another one from the matron of honor!)
    Again? You’ve known about this day for nearly 3 years, and this is one game which her father will be coaching so it’s not like she’d be there alone or w/o a parent. Also, who it even be so bad if you 4 year old misses one game? She is the flower girl after all and I will have a photographer there taking photos of us getting hair done and getting ready. Now the 2 of them won’t be a part of that.
    6. “I’m not coming to the Bachelorette party because I don’t like driving in that area.”
    (From a bridesmaid)
    7. “Im not coming to the bachelorette party because I don’t have money. Also, I can’t buy you a wedding gift” (20 years old bridesmaids sister in law to be, again)
    3 years you known about this wedding.. Save up! I’d understand if she had a legitimate reason for being broke but that was not the case at all plus she’s had no other expenses for this wedding so far. We bought her dress and shoes and are paying to get her hair done. But she has no problem saving the money to get her nails done the day before the wedding. I don’t care about the gift but I’d expect you to take part in festivities as you are in the wedding.

    Okay, now I got that off my chest! lol these are just a few of the most irritating and stressful thing that my fiancé and I have felt with along the way!

  • Emily D

    Oh my wow! The article is very much on point.

    When I got engaged I called my mom overseas and told her the great news. She was happy but called back 3 days later and asked is the “wedding was still a go.” Granted she’s met him and we’ve been living together for 3 years.

    We chose to tell closest family and friends about our happy day about 3 months before the our wedding. Why did they all have to assume it’s too quick?

    We’ve been together for 5 years what makes you think we never discussed it, planned for it and saved for it. Do we owe you an explanation for every decision and should we waive a flag for every activity on our lives?

    There are 2 young adults on my finances side and I am so nervous to have them at the wedding. They are disrespectful, can’t hold a conversation with an adult, only interact with snap chat and their cell phones. Our event is only 40 people and I feel we could invite grown respectful adults who appreciate us and appreciate our festivities. These two will no doubt find a way to stress is both out by complaining about something.

    8/20/16 here we come!

  • Diane

    I think it would be a great idea to put a link to this on the couple’s website. Then the curious can read and share with others.

  • Tina

    When you greet the bride after the ceremony, don’t say “I thought only virgin’s wear white?” Then get to the reception n complain cause there’s no open bar, when you show up with no gift at all!! Then you eat your free meal n leave 😤

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