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Overflowing with emotion, people, and (usually) alcohol, weddings are full of opportunities to embarrass yourself. While the ultimate objective is to have a great time celebrating the couple, there are also a few out-of-bounds behaviors we'd suggest refraining from. To guide you on your path to being the perfect wedding guest here are five ways to prevent yourself any embarrassment.
1. Double check the dress code
There's no worse feeling than showing up to an event in wildly inappropriate attire. In a time where themed and creative dress codes are increasingly popular, be sure to triple check your invite for attire guidelines, and even check in with a friend if you're not sure. No one wants to be the gal wearing pink at an "all white" wedding.
2. Turn your phone off during the reception
Somehow, some way, the silent setting just seems to fail. Don't be the person with a loudly buzzing purse during the middle of the heartfelt wedding vows.
3. Skip the last cocktail
That superfluous fourth martini just may be your one-way ticket to embarrassment. When in doubt, opt out earlier than you think you should. Otherwise, you just might find yourself taking selfies with the band on stage ... cough, hypothetically speaking.
4. Have a conversation exit strategy
Weddings are ripe with opportunities for awkward conversation. If your plan to steer clear of certain overly-chatty individuals fails, consider your exit strategy ahead of time. Arrange for a friend to bail you out after a few minutes, or simply head to the restroom for a bit. Bladders are the best, aren't they?
5. Don't do the worm
Or the splits. Or any dance move that's better suited for athletic gear. Generally speaking, if you have to get on the ground to accomplish a dance move, it's not appropriate for a wedding.