Just because the election has come to an end, it doesn't mean you're in the clear when it comes to have your wedding guests' blabber on about politics, the results of the 2016 presidential election, or the future of the country. So if you're wondering how to put a stop to politics taking over the dinner table talk at your wedding reception, cocktail hour, or even as your guests take a seat for your ceremony, here are four ways to make sure those topics aren't discussed.
1. Make a Joke About It
Instead of asking guests to hush-hush about politics for the night, you can make the topic a bit of a joke, like "the only people you want to win this night are you, the person you're marrying and the guests" or something similar. Make a joke about it during the rehearsal dinner or even to your wedding party, so they can spread the word.
2. Ask the Officiant to Say Something
Perhaps ask the person who will be officiating your ceremony to spread the word for you. He or she can make a quick announcement to your guests before the ceremony, or even make a lighthearted mention of the whole thing during the ceremony to be topical — if you'd like.
3. Post a Sign at the Entrance
If you'd rather leave your sentiments unsaid, ask guests via a sweet ceremony sign to leave their political talk at the door and make this celebration about something more than just who won or lost and what that means for our country.
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4. Game-ify The Request
Set up a game that requires guests to donate a $1 to the charity of your choice every time they say something about the election. You could put jars around the venue with signs on them so that guests know where to pay up throughout the night — we have a feeling other guests will keep them honest.
Jen Glantz is a "Professional Bridesmaid" and the founder of Bridesmaid for Hire. She's the author of All My Friends Are Engaged and frequently wears old bridesmaid dresses to the grocery store and on first dates.