When you’re making your guest list, it’s tempting to want to invite everyone you’ve ever met. But before you send your kindergarten teacher that save the date, consider that maybe not everyone needs to make the cut. And some people just definitely shouldn’t be invited. Here are the ten worst wedding guests out there; people you should totally take off your list ASAP.
1. The recently-engaged friend of the family who is already making your weddings a competition. You know, the one who can be overheard at the block party telling everyone that your ring is “so cute,” and that she’s sure you’ll be able to throw a great wedding on your budget.
2. The friend who lives for the spotlight. Unless you want a cringe-worthy serenade or an embarrassing dance solo at your wedding, that is.
3. The uncle who insists on talking politics in mixed company. Your guests don’t want to get into arguments over gun laws and global warming during cocktail hour with the guy who is the living embodiment of the YouTube comments section.
4. The belligerent bro. That guy who somehow always ends up breaking something (furniture, noses) when drunk? Yeah…you don’t want anyone who might require extra security near an open bar and a bunch of strangers.
5. The childhood friend you’re already thinking of breaking up with. Yes, you pinky-promised you’d be in each other’s weddings, but you’re not required to honor a contract you made when you were 10 years old and planning your wedding to Jonathan Taylor Thomas. Do yourselves both a favor and end it already.
6. That girl who lived in your dorm freshman year who “likes” everything wedding-related you post on Facebook and sent you a message saying she’s so excited to see your dress. She’s clearly hoping to score an invite but…you don’t actually remember ever talking to her in real life. It’s okay to apprecite the flattering compliments, but that doesn’t mean she has to be there for the biggest day of you life.
7. The couple you don’t know well who invited you to their wedding. Wedding invitations aren’t tit for tat, so don’t feel obliged to make room for them just because they invited you to theirs.
8. The college friend who always cries when she gets drunk. Don’t give her a perfect opportunity for another one of her “why am I still single?” meltdowns.
9. Your dead-set-on-destruction niece and nephew who treat all formal settings like playgrounds. If your sister and her husband really wanted their children there, they wouldn’t ignore the kiddos, giving them free range to destroy everything in their path.
10. Your ex. Because there’s no prize for still being friends with all of your exes.
–By Rachel W. Miller