Owen Wilson and Vince Vaughn were no joke. How do you handle unexpected wedding crashers?
— Security Detail
Dear Security Detail,
Surprisingly enough, we actually encounter wedding crashers on a pretty regular basis. Their natural habitat: hotels. Hard to say if it’s the comfortable lobby seating or the easily accessible bar that puts their minds at ease, but when there are different groups of people who are already in the vicinity of the event, crashing is more eminent. And, unfortunately for us, not all wedding crashers are as charming as Owen and Vince.
Should you encounter a crasher, the first (and most important) step is to remain calm. Remember, crashers don’t typically wish to cause any harm. They just want to drink your champagne and eat your finger foods. Decidedly not cool, but also not the end of the world. With all eyes are on the bride, keeping your cool is a must. Deal with crashers in the same way that you deal with everything else on your checklist — delegate!
When you see someone trying to enter an event where they possibly don’t belong, politely approach them and ask for their names. Immediately apologize for not recognizing them, and let them know that you are required to check in all of the guests. If they give you the runaround, or insist that someone inside “invited” them to join, ask them for that guest’s name and what brought them to the event. If someone did in fact invite them in, you should be able to verify it, but if it sounds like a lie, it probably is. People are curious by nature and when they see a fantastic event happening in front of them, they often want to be a part of it — especially if it looks like fun! If the potential crasher isn’t on the invite list, they must be asked to leave, and if they don’t leave quietly, ask for additional security assistance. You don’t need to be a hero here.
Ali & Maya
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Alimay Events — an NYC-based event production company founded by two former glossy-vets, Ali Schajer and and Maya Katz — specializes in organizing pure chaos. So, who better to call upon with our most challenging wedding etiquette queries?