Awkward Wedding Moments and How to Handle Them

Awkward Wedding Moments and How to Handle Them

Awkward or disruptive moments are more than likely going to happen during a wedding. Nothing is 100% preventable, but when they no happen it is important to be prepared with how to handle it. Here are some awkward moments that could (and have) happened and how to deal with them during your big day.

You’re Called by the Wrong Name

During your wedding, it is likely that a number of people, who don’t necessarily know you, have to call your name. Ceremony officiant, DJ etc. If this happens it isn’t the end of the world but it’s not ideal.

How to Handle It

As with most things, prevention is the best option. In order to help people that are employed for your wedding get to know your name, you should send the vendors a wedding-day timeline, both before the wedding in the form of an email and at the wedding in hard copy. The timeline should include all the information about the running of your big day, as well as you and your spouse’s names (and correct pronunciation if required).

As long as it’s not your other half saying the wrong name, then there’s no real issue here.

An Uninvited Guest Shows Up

This happens more often than people think. Not in movie style where a disgruntled ex-shows up, but more often than not a cousin bringing their kid, an old friend bringing their boyfriend, or people who don’t understand the meaning of RSVP.

How to Handle It

When this happens, there’s not an awful lot that you can do about it. The best thing to do is to stay calm and let someone in your wedding entourage deal with it. You can try and accommodate the guest, and maybe have a word in private after.


The Flower Girl/Page Boy Refuses to Walk Down the Aisle

One of the number one rules is “do not work with children” but weddings seem to throw all logic out the window. If your flower girl or page boy is throwing a tantrum and not calming down, then don’t panic.

How to Handle It

The best way to handle this is to not force them to walk the aisle. If they don’t want to do it they aren’t going to even attempt to do it willingly. Instead, ensure that they are with an adult until they are ready to come in (if they are that is.)


Guests Walk in Late to the Ceremony

When you’re standing at the altar, saying your vows, the last thing you want is for people to be rustling as they come in late through the door. Everyone turns around and the ceremony is briefly disrupted.

How to Handle It

Ask a few friends or family members to be ushers and stand next to the door in case there are any late comers. They will be able to show the late guests to their seats at an appropriate time which won’t disturb the wedding.