Your wedding is one of the most important times of your life, so you naturally want your family members and friends to celebrate it with you. However, not all wedding guests are on their best behavior during the entire event. Some may have too much to drink and become too rowdy. Here are several ways you can deal with unruly wedding guests:
Be Wise About Seating Arrangements
Coming up with an appropriate seating arrangement is one of the most important aspects of planning a wedding. Who you sit next to each other can have a big effect on how the enter day pans out. For example, if you know that your brother doesn’t get along with one of your future spouse’s friends, it probably isn’t a good idea to sit them at the same table. If the two of them have a few drinks, they may get into a major argument and cause a scene at your wedding. Try to sit guests with people they get along with.
In addition, if one of your friends or family members tends to drink too much, you may consider seating that person farther away from the bar so that getting drinks is less convenient.
Don’t Offer an Open Bar All Night
While having an open bar at your wedding is a nice gesture, you might want to end it at a certain point. When alcoholic beverages are free, people are more likely to drink more than they should. The more alcohol they consume, the more unruly they are likely to be. If you only offer an open bar for two to three hours, you can reduce the risk of your guests getting too drunk.
Change the Music
Some wedding guests get very rowdy on the dance floor, especially if they’ve had a few drinks and there is an upbeat song playing. If you notice one of your guests wildly moving his or her arms up in the air and getting in other people’s way, ask the DJ to change the music for a little while. Switching to a slower tempo may help calm the guest down.
Ask a Trusted Friend or Family Member to Watch Out for Unruly Guests
It’s your special day, so you probably won’t have time to keep track of every unruly guest at your wedding. That’s why it is a wise idea to ask a good friend or family member to keep a lookout on overly rowdy guests and intervene as soon as possible. For example, if your friend or family member sees a guest falling down constantly from having too much to drink, he or she should arrange for the guest to be driven home safely home.
If you follow these tips, you can keep your guests under control at your wedding. If you still have a feeling some of your guests may get rowdy, you may want to let employees at the venue know as soon as possible.