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7/2: Tying the Knot: Bridal Showers, Crashers, & Memorable Moments


7/2: Tying the Knot: Bridal Showers, Crashers, & Memorable Moments

The next time you’re among friends or family, ask if they have ever crashed a wedding.  If so, they’re not alone.  According to a recent Marist poll, at least one in twelve Americans have snuck their way into a reception to which they were not invited.  And, from the food, the music, the location, the décor, oh, and, of course, the open-bar, there are many aspects of a wedding that distinguish one from the next.


The Bridal Shower: Who’s Invited?

But, before the wedding, there’s usually a bridal shower, and for many women figuring out which bridal showers they’ll attend, is a tough feat. After all, should they really be expected to participate in a shower for a bride they hardly know?  While a plurality — 49% — of Americans feels that friends, family, and acquaintances of the bride and groom should be invited to a shower, 39% say this event is reserved for only extremely close friends and family.  Only about one in ten — 11% — report all women invited to the wedding, regardless of their relationship to the bride or groom, should receive a bridal shower invite.

Table: Guests at Bridal Shower

Wedding Crashers

8% of Americans admit to wedding crashing (14% of Midwest residents compared to only 4% of Southerners). But, what is the most important aspect of a wedding reception to make it memorable and fun for both invited and uninvited guests?  Apparently, it all comes down to Location, Location, Location.  One-third of Americans cites the setting as making a lasting impression followed by the food — 23% — and music — 20%.  This is especially true for Americans in the West (38% say the location is most important) while good music is essential for 29% of Northeasterners.

Table: Crashed a Wedding
Table: Most Memorable Aspect of Wedding Reception

Marist Poll Methodology

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Just for Fun:

“No Excuses.  Play Like a Champion.” — Rule #76 from New Line Cinema’s 2005 Movie, Wedding Crashers.  Check out the complete list of wedding crashers rules!

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  1. Jessica

    August 21, 2012 at 6:42 PM

    It happens all the time at the hotel weddings put on in the city centres. Never have your wedding reception go into a Saturday night if the reception is in a British city centre. You’re going to get the drunks looking for free food and late drinks. (They think they can get away with it because they are ‘suited-up’ for the night clubs).

  2. Edward Otto

    April 10, 2012 at 11:40 PM

    In my own research with brides in regard to their wedding cakes, brides have told me they can tell who the wedding crashers are according to the so-called guests who get a piece of wedding cake and continue to walk out of the reception area.

  3. Wedding Anniversary Gifts By Year

    July 8, 2011 at 11:54 AM

    >>8% of Americans admit to wedding crashing
    My God that is a huge number. I never thought it would be so much.

  4. One24

    July 5, 2011 at 9:06 PM

    I agree, I couldn’t imagine crashing a wedding. How horrible to do that!

  5. 124 Online

    April 6, 2011 at 4:37 PM

    As I started to read the post, I couldn’t believe the high numbers of people admitting to crashing weddings. I just couldn’t fathom doing it at all. Then I saw that it is much less prevalent in the region I am from…so I guess that explains it 😉

  6. Kāzu foto Valters

    March 12, 2011 at 4:41 PM

    Thank You for the post. Great wedding article. Picture are beautifully.

  7. Guitar Teacher

    October 24, 2010 at 10:05 AM

    Wouldn’t it make sense and just make things simpler to invite the female guests from your wedding? The closer friends and family to be exact…

  8. Autumn Washington

    September 30, 2010 at 2:34 PM

    my sister always like to attend bridal showers and she enjoys it a lot:,~

  9. Wedding Budgets|Real Wedding Solutions

    June 27, 2010 at 1:36 PM

    Hi I am Veronica and I would like to say that how on earth can people crash a wedding reception? For me its unfathomable. Not only is it rude but from a practical point of view how do they make it? Are the hosts blind? Unless the wedding guests are thousands of unknown people the hosts should know everyone they invited to the reception.

  10. Andrew Murray

    September 28, 2009 at 6:19 PM

    This is an interesting post. I agree that a bridal shower should only be attended by close friends and relatives. A wedding is a very intimate occasion. I believe that it would be memorable with all our loved ones present.

  11. Power Chords

    September 24, 2009 at 1:29 AM

    Thank You for the post. I love to read interesting post that has knowledge to impart. I hope to read more articles from you and in return I will post also my articles in the forum so that others can benefit from it. Keep up the good work!

  12. Wedding Catering

    August 14, 2009 at 3:31 AM

    I think your right. I agree

  13. CarleetoRamirez

    July 19, 2009 at 6:02 AM

    I guess this is going to become less actual because of the world financial depression, what do you think?

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