What do guests hate the most about weddings?

08 Nov 2017

While it may be the best day ever for the bride and groom, wedding guests can become easily disgruntled - here are their top pet hates...

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From the ceremony to traditions, a recent survey by Candyking Parties has revealed the top pet hates of wedding guests.

Collating the views of 500 British respondents, the research revealed that a crying baby was the biggest annoyance during the wedding ceremony (45%), followed by 'not being able to hear the bride and groom' (19%), phones going off (16%), cold churches (9%) and a very late bride (8%). 

And the complaints don't stop there, with the wait between the ceremony and wedding breakfast without food stated as the largest general annoyance about being a wedding guest (26%). Other irritations included:

  • The overall cost of attendance (18%)
  • Remote locations (14%)
  • Being seated next to strangers (12%)
  • Unclear dress codes (9%)
  • Bad food (8%)
  • A bad DJ (3%)
  • Cheap favours (3%)
  • Children (2%)
  • Cash only gifting (2%)


Specific wedding traditions also proved a sore subject, with the guests revealing those that they most dislike. A 'top table' was stated as the most disliked tradition (23%), followed by being 'given away' (22%), the bouquet toss (18%), the Wedding March song (17%), wedding toasts (2%) and the white dress (2%). 

Yet even more modern approaches to weddings failed to impress guests, with the most annoying trends including wedding hashtags (30%), giant light-up letters (29%), alternative wedding cakes that aren't cake (19%), flower crowns (11%) and food trucks (6%). 


Chris Hobbs, marketing and services director at Candyking Parties, comments: "The survey reveals exactly what wedding guests dislike about attending their loved one's big day. It seems that although happy smiles may be present on guests' faces, deep down they may not be all too happy about attending the wedding. If the happy couple wants happy guests, then they may need to take note of what to avoid."


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