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6 things not to do at a wedding

30 May 2015, 09:09 Shakila Alivitsa

Nairobi - Some things are better kept out of weddings. Here are a few.

We all know that one rule: Do not wear white!

Unless it is an all-white wedding in which case you are required to wear white. The main point usually is, do not upstage the bride in her own wedding it is her day.  But at times I can understand it can be hard not to when you already know she really has bad taste.


Attend the wedding if you were invited

One thing I never do for any event is invite myself. A lot of people will tell you they forgot or they were so busy it slipped their mind. Let me tell you a secret; if they had the time and money to invite all the other attendees; they just did not want you there. You are just putting them on the spot when you ask.

 Same applies for weddings, if someone invites you as their plus one make sure the card caters for you as the plus one as well. Nothing as embarrassing as getting to the buffet table and being turned away because you were not catered for. I saw someone being embarrassed on the Wedding Show one time.


Do not carry your brood with you

Someone’s wedding is not your family fun day. It is so bad when someone invites a party of two, but a certain madam carries her four children, the aunt that came to visit, the friend that did not have anything to do and the help that will watch over the children. Then you are the first people at the buffet table and send the help to book a table. You have just ousted some invited guests and ruined the catering budget.


Do not get drunk

Lucky are thou that are invited to weddings that have the bar sorted. I know that some of you have a budget for the local which you finished the first week of the month.

When you see a bar at the wedding or if the evening party is at some swanky joint. Hold your alcoholic self at bay and do not get drunk. Just have a bit to hold you up until the end of the month.

If you can hold your liquor, do not advertise that you are the person finishing the bar by having all the bottles at your table. Deposit each empty bottle at different tables. As you entered with dignity, leave with more dignity so that you can be invited to more weddings.


Do not upstage the bride-with your own announcements!

Birthdays, pregnancies, proposals-these have to be the worst! If you need to share that information share it tomorrow, on social media, through the phone, at your workplace. Basically, any other place other than someone else’s party.

It is simply just not done. If you have done this before, you left a bad taste in someone’s mouth.


Don't carry your own food

The Luhya’s come to mind but I am sure they are not the only ones. Even at chamas, there are those women who ask the host if there are left overs.

Let the host/bride offer. Let it be there prerogative to hand you the food-do not force their hand by offering to help them with the food that may spoil. They also have relatives and refrigerators.


Do not go empty handed

Unless you already made the contributions. But if you have just brought your presence and eaten, danced, drunk; go with something. No matter how small!

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