100 Song Wedding Playlist

On your special day, yet another thing to sort out is your wedding playlist. You’ll need music before and after the ceremony, perhaps during the post-ceremony reception, during the meal, and the evening party. Even if you’re having a DJ, giving them suggestions of what to play means that you’ll not get any unwelcome surprises. Don’t be afraid to let them know songs you don’t want to hear as well (the birdie song perhaps). If you have a large CD collection or an expansive iTunes library, you probably already have a few ideas of what to choose, but since you’ll need many hours of music for your whole day, here are 100 of our suggestions…

  1. This Love – Taylor Swift
  2. Kiss Me – Sixpence None The Richer (We Prefer The Upbeat New Found Glory Cover)
  3. You’re Beautiful – James Blunt
  4. If You Like Pina Coladas – Jimmy Buffett
  5. Set The Fire To The Third Bar – Snow Patrol
  6. Crazy In Love – Beyoncé
  7. Hello – Lionel Richie
  8. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis – Same Love
  9. The Power Of Love – Frankie Goes To Hollywood (We also recommend the Gabrielle Aplin cover)
  10. Ain’t Nobody – Rufus & Chaka Khan
  11. Your Song – Elton John (Or Ellie Goulding’s modern cover)
  12. Love Song – Sara Bareilles
  13. Love Story – Taylor Swift
  14. I Want To Know What Love Is – Foreigner
  15. What’s Love Got To Do With It – Tina Turner
  16. Love Rollercoaster – Ohio Player (But we LOVE the Red Hot Chilli Pepper version!)
  17. Crazy Little Thing Called Love – Queen
  18. Bleeding Love – Leona Lewis
  19. We Found Love – Rihanna ft Calvin Harris
  20. Boom Clap – Lennon & Maisy
  21. We Found Love – Ed Sheeran
  22. Hallelujah – Paramore
  23. Make You Feel My Love – Paramore
  24. All You Need Is Love – The Beatles
  25. You’ve Got The Love – Florence And The Machine
  26. Marry You – Bruno Mars
  27. You Raise Me Up – Josh Groban
  28. Hey There Delilah – Plain White Tees
  29. Wonderwall – Oasis
  30. Somewhere Over The Rainbow – Judy Garland
  31. The Best – Tina Turner
  32. (Everything I Do) I Do It For You – Bryan Adams
  33. I’ll Make Love To You – Boyz II Men
  34. My Heart Will Go On – Celine Dion
  35. Make This Go On Forever – Snow Patrol
  36. Ring Of Fire – Johnny Cash
  37. Maggie May – Rod Stewart
  38. I’m Yours – Jason Mraz
  39. Just The Way You Are – Bruno Mars
  40. I Luv U – Ordinary Boys
  41. I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles) – The Proclaimers
  42. I Will Always Love You – Whitney Houston
  43. I Don’t Want To Miss A Thing – Aerosmith
  44. When A Man Loves A Woman – Percy Sledge
  45. Time After Time – Cyndi Lauper
  46. Higher and Higher – Jackie Wilson
  47. True Love – P!nk
  48. Chasing Cars – Snow Patrol
  49. And I Love Her – The Beatles
  50. Just The Way You Are – Billy Joel
  51. Ain’t No Mountain High Enough – Diana Ross
  52. All Night Long – Lionel Ritchie
  53. Enrique Iglesias – Hero
  54. As Long As You Love Me – The Backstreet Boys
  55. Candle In The Wind – Elton John
  56. Every Breath You Take – Police
  57. Genie in A Bottle – Christina Aguilera
  58. Hopelessly Devoted To You – Olivia Newton John
  59. I’m Too Sexy – Right Said Fred
  60. I’ve Had the Time of My Life – Bill Medley and Jennifer Warnes
  61. Lady – Kenny Rogers
  62. Love Me Tender – Elvis Presley
  63. No Woman No Cry – Bob Marley
  64. Sugar – Maroon 5
  65. I’m A Mess – Ed Sheeran
  66. November Rain – Guns N Roses
  67. Red, Red Wine – UB40
  68. Love Me Do – The Beatles
  69. Total Eclipse of the Heart – Bonnie Tyler
  70. What a Wonderful World – Louis Armstrong
  71. Who Wants To Live Forever – Queen
  72. Wind Beneath My Wings – Bette Midler
  73. Stay – Taylor Swift
  74. Better Together – Jack Johnson
  75. When You Were Young – The Killers
  76. No One Else – Weezer
  77. At last – Etta James
  78. Everything – Michael Buble
  79. It Had To Be You – Frank Sinatra
  80. Love Song – The Cure
  81. David Bowie – Heroes
  82. Just Give Me A Reason – P!nk v Nate Ruess
  83. Read My Mind –The Killers
  84. Can You Feel the Love Tonight? – Elton John
  85. I Got You Babe – Sonny & Cher
  86. The Wind Beneath My Wings – Bette Midler
  87. Time After Time – Cyndi Lauper
  88. Your Love Is My Drug – K$sha
  89. She Will Be Loved – Maroon 5
  90. We Found Love – Ed Sheeran
  91. Every Little Thing She Does is Magic – The Police
  92. Open Your Eyes – Snow Patrol
  93. Everything Has Changed – Taylor Swift ft Ed Sheeran
  94. Marry Me – Jason Derulo
  95. Heart Attack – Demi Lovato
  96. Still Into You – Paramore
  97. Justin Timberlake – Mirrors
  98. Treasure – Bruno Mars
  99. Animals – Maroon 5
  100. Moon River – Audrey Hepburn

If you feel these top 100 aren’t quite enough, make sure to check with your venue. As well as probably having plenty of suggestions, they might be able to make the whole process easier by using a playlist they had already created. They might also have the CDs available, meaning you get to save money!

If you’re not an owner of many records/CDs, we always find that iTunes or Spotify works a treat. Of course, don’t forget the wonders of second-hand CDs – you’ll be able to find all you need on bidding sites such as eBay.

You might want your music selection to be classy, but in the end, it’s always best to choose songs which the bride and groom like. Not every song has to be soppy, a classic, or about love. As long as it’s not full of expletives, you should be alright. Even if it leads to embarrassing karaoke sessions late at night, we’re sure no-one would blame you for having a good time. It’s meant to be a party after all.

And of course, make sure to end on a high. Twist and Shout always goes down well.

Keep an eye out for our upcoming articles about wedding music, which will include karaoke suggestions and more of our favourite playlists.

Top 50 Wedding Photography Tips

Whether you decide to hire a professional wedding photographer, or get a close friend to do it for a smaller fee, it’s always best to know how to make your wedding photos look as good as possible. These are photos you shall treasure for a long time, and hopefully be seen by generations to come. Follow our top 50 tips for success!

Facial Tips

  1. Focus on the eyes. They are the ‘windows into the soul’, and a great way to create intensity… or show off your killer make-up skills.
  2. Press your tongue to the roof of your mouth. Sounds weird, but it can help prevent double chins.
  3. Tilt your head slightly if photos are being taken from the side – it increases shadow coverage, making the contours of your face more defined.
  4. Don’t obscure your face too much – we recommend pinning fringes back.
  5. If you’ve had your hair done nicely, try and position it properly – such as laying it on your shoulder, rather than simply letting it hang.
  6. Do not show off the whites of the eyes – they will often end up bloodshot or just looking creepy. The coloured parts look more beautiful, anyway.
  7. Smile naturally. A fake smile can be spotted from a mile away. And besides, it’s a wedding day and everyone is meant to be having fun!
  8. Close your eyes before taking photos, and open them on command – this should stop you from blinking!

Posing Tips

  1. Tilt your body slightly sideways – it’s usually more flattering than face-on.
  2. Angle your feet comfortably, make it look natural.
  3. Walk around while taking photos. If you often find your poses being too stiff in photographs, then it’ll help you look more natural.
  4. A straight back and overall good posture is a must! Don’t worry, you can go back to slouching as soon as your special day is over.
  5. Keep relaxed, natural poses, as they don’t seem as forced and are more welcoming.
  6. Remember to work your assets. Have nice hands? Put them in front of you. Show off that manicure. Have a massive zit on your wedding day? No close ups. Or, take close-ups and Photoshop it out later.
  7. Try leaning in to the camera – it looks more fun, welcoming, and maintains a good body proportion.
  8. If you want to look slim and fashionable, put your weight on your back foot (makes a flattering alignment), and place a hand on your waist, keeping your elbows out.
  9. If you sit on the ground, make sure it doesn’t dirty your dress.
  10. Don’t get photographed from below – it usually makes the nostrils stand out, and you don’t really want that.
  11. Create a foot circle photo – great idea for the bride to do with her bridesmaids.
  12. Cross your ankles slightly, as it supposedly makes you look more elegant.
  13. Make sure all the people in the group pose slightly differently. Nothing extravagant, but this isn’t a school photo-shoot.
  14. Don’t pose too unnaturally. The last thing you need is people asking if you were constipated on your wedding day!
  15. Over-shoulder shots make you look playful and flirty.
  16. Placing your hands softly on hips is a comfortable position for many, but just try to make sure you don’t look bossy.
  17. Lift arms slightly to make them look slimmer.
  18. If you have broad shoulders, turn them slightly.
  19. Do not take any fully side-on photos, as they often make the nose seem too large.
  20. Push the chest forward to make the waist look slimmer.
  21. This is one of our favourite pose suggestions for women – check it out!

General Tips

  1. No selfies – maybe a single self-stick photo, or just something quick to put on Facebook, but we wouldn’t recommend it.
  2. Try and take a panorama shot to save the memories of the beautiful setting – you can easily download apps for your phone to allow you to do this.
  3. Avoid a busy background – the lucky couple should be the focus of the day!
  4. Take photos both inside and outside, so you can figure out what lighting suits you best, and include varied scenery.
  5. Have a spray-tan a few days before the wedding – they usually make women look slimmer!
  6. Direct sunlight is often quite unflattering – early evening light is a photographer’s best friend.
  7. Don’t feel the need to yell ‘CHEESE’, it’s better to smile naturally.
  8. Take photos from varied distances – not every photo has to show off the bride’s shoes.
  9. The bride and groom do not have to be together in every photo, remember that!
  10. Take photos throughout the day. Every part of the special event must be remembered.
  11. Take all photos in colour, so you can adjust them later on.
  12. Make sure your camera settings do not put date numbers on photos – they’re inconvenient to edit out later on, especially for professional looking photos.
  13. Make sure there are photos showing every part of you, from all different angles.
  14. Take lots of photos with your friends – it’s always hard to find one in which everyone looks good in.
  15. Don’t let the photographer interrupt the important parts – don’t pause during the vows to give them a smile.
  16. If you’re hiring a stranger to be a photographer, you don’t need to feel obliged to talk to them during the ceremony.
  17. Be spontaneous – want to pull a funny face? DO IT!
  18. Get family and friends to take photos – this means you’ll get photos before yours are processed, and your loved ones will have their own mementos of the special day.
  19. Don’t upload photos to Facebook before you receive all of them – what a way to spoil the surprise!
  20. Print out the photos you take – it shouldn’t be too expensive, and photo albums are much nicer to look at than digital files.
  21. Have both portrait and landscape shots – some people find they are more flattering in different dimensions. On top of that, this makes it easy to fit photos in frames.
  22. A cheeky 51 – have a plan! If there are certain shots you want to get, plan for them in advance and make sure to speak to your photographer about them. You’ll regret it later if you then realise there was something you wanted and you didn’t get it.

Photo by Ray Dumas.

Wedding Gift Ideas

With great weddings come great expectations for the guests to deliver wonderful gifts. The problem? Not everyone knows what the bride and groom want. Wedding registries and popular department stores can solve this problem, but it doesn’t show much imagination to just pick something from a list and leave it at that. Imagination isn’t something we’re all blessed with though, so here’s some wedding gift ideas that will hopefully inspire you.

Experiences/trips

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  • Visit a castle. Bride and groom, or prince and princess? Have nowhere particular in mind? Check this out for some ideas.
  • Visit a zoo. There’s plenty to do at zoos – you can even stay over! Of course, you don’t share an enclosure with the animals, but if nature is your passion then this is certainly a good idea. This is especially good for those newlyweds who already have kids, as it’s fun for the entire family. The Marwell Hotel offers great family and couple rooms, for reasonable prices.
  • Theme-parks. If the pair are adrenaline seekers, where better to stay? Go for a day-trip or overnight, there are plenty of things to do. Thorpe Park and Alton Towers both offer fantastic trips away, though Alton Towers does have slightly more to do.
  • Are your friends the outdoor type? How about camping or hiking gear.
  • Tipi adventures. Camping not quite their thing? Try staying in a traditional Tipi.
  • B&B stay-over. Pick somewhere nice, and breakfast should be included!
  • Theatre trip.
  • Photoshoots. Try and aim for one with photos included, or they’ll cost a fortune
  • Vineyard visits. Wine tasting? Hell yeah.
  • Scuba-diving.
  • Dining with big cats. This one is a bit hard to explain, so just check it out here.
  • Cooking experiences.
  • Cocktail experiences . Excellent skills for parties.
  • Spa day.
  • Chocolate Making.
  • Candle-making.
  • Golf, for the sporty couples.
  • Sport stadium visits. Whether it’s for a match or a guided tour, check these out with the couple’s favourite team.
  • Go-Karting.
  • Paintballing. What shows love more than shooting pellets?
  • Driving days, lots of places offer the chance to race sports cars around a track.
  • Ever fancied climbing a dangerous ice cavern? Yeah, me either, but maybe that’s exactly what the happy couple want.
  • Flying Lessons. Or Sky-diving. Depending on whether they want to fly the plane or jump out of it.
  • Horse racing. Just spectating, of course.
  • Go-Ape.
  • The London Eye.
  • Circus visit.
  • Zombie-survival training. For those of you who aren’t scared of the dark… You can also visit attractions such as this and shoot the zombie actors.
  • Sea-fishing.
  • Comedy-nights.
  • Tank driving.
  • Helicopter experience. Learn to fly a helicopter!
  • Pigeon-shooting. Clay, of course.
  • River-boating.
  • Speed-boating. If being fast is more your thing.
  • 4×4 Off-road driving. Like fearing for your life in a metal box? Of course you do.

Kitchen items

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The nice thing about kitchen items is that you can buy as many as you want to fit the budget you want to spend.

  • Cutlery.
  • Casserole dishes. Everybody loves casserole.
  • Glasses. Try and get something personal.
  • Jugs.
  • Plate sets. If there’s more than one? Oh well, more to smash!
  • Pots and pans. A gift that is guaranteed to be well-used.
  • Knives.
  • Wooden bowls/items. Wooden bowls are often raved about at craft-fairs. And why not? They’re often hand-carved, and are not only useful, but highly decorative.
  • Cookbook sets. Why have one cookbook when you can have 5?
  • Alcohol carafes. Of course, they can also be for non-alcohol beverages.
  • Bottle-stoppers. To fit in your carafes.
  • Liquid dispensers. Cocktails, anyone? Perfect for parties. Get one a little less tacky than the one at your office.
  • Salt and pepper shakers. Spice up their lives with some matching shakers.
  • Milkshake makers.
  • Blenders. For those of you looking for a little more than milkshakes.
  • Ice cream makers. EVERYONE LOVES ICE-CREAM!
  • Candy-floss makers. What better gift to give than tooth decay?
  • Popcorn makers. Yum, fresh popcorn is much better than the ones made in the bag.
  • Coffee-makers . To perk up their morning, every morning.
  • Kettle to match their kitchen decor. For those who prefer a cup of tea.
  • Funky wine storage. Fancy something a little different? Check out these animal-shaped wine holders.
  • Shot-glasses. Perfect for tequila.
  • Tea sets. A little more refined than doing shots.

Plants

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  • Fruit trees. For a fruitful marriage.
  • Cacti. Or a single cactus, whatever you’d prefer. Best for busy people – beautiful, yet not very time consuming.
  • Fake-flowers. Make these gifts last a little longer.
  • Dried flowers. Something to remember their special day by.

Ornaments

  • Vases. Something to put beautiful flowers in.
  • Clocks. A popular gift – just make sure they actually have room for it.
  • Chalk-boards. Whether it be for shopping lists or daily messages, each newlywed couple should have a beautiful corkboard in their house. Look around Etsy for ones which can be customised to the couple.
  • Bird-feeders. For bird-watching enthusiasts.
  • Candle-holders. Best thing about these? They last. Buy something beautiful – maybe some stained glass?

Vouchers

  • Clothing vouchers. Then they can go buy matching outfits.
  • Furniture vouchers. When you just can’t choose the right house-warming gift.
  • Gaming voucher. Maybe you can renew that subscription for that geeky couple?
  • Monthly subscriptions. For many different objects, but mainly food.
  • Choose your own experience – buy them vouchers, and let them choose something they really want to do.

Food

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Again, you can mix and match these items, perhaps into a hamper of their favourite items.

  • Cupcakes.
  • Coffees and teas. Try something a little more exotic than PG Tips and Nescafe though.
  • Chocolates. Even better if they’re handmade. If not, check out Hotel Chocolat, or a local chocolatier.
  • Candies. Who doesn’t love candies? Try and get something a little more complex than just the average pick-and-mix…
  • Wine boxes for multiple years. Try getting 10 wines for 10 anniversaries. Maybe 11, so they can drink that one immediately.
  • Aging whiskey sets. Again, excellent for anniversaries. And if they don’t like whiskey? They can be quite profitable.

Furniture

  • Photo-frames. To fill up with memories.
  • Mirrors. To make their favourite room look a little bigger.
  • Canvases. Best for photos, or paintings.
  • Sun-dials. Strangely, these are coming back into fashion.
  • Small tables. Ever seen those nesting coffee tables? You’d be amazed at how handy they are. Also perfect for house-warming gifts.
  • Chairs. For sitting down after a long day…

Phew!

Wedding games to keep your guests entertained

The problem with weddings is that everyone wants the attention of the bride and groom, but yet it’s impossible for them to be everywhere at once – especially at larger weddings. There’s also lots of times when the couple have to go away and do something, like family photographs, leaving the rest of the guests wondering what to do. That’s where wedding games come in. They act not only a good thing for people to do that keep the flow of the day going, but they’re also a good ice-breaker, allowing different sides of the family to come together and meet for the first time.

Pre-Wedding Bonding

Okay, so this is best done a week or two before the wedding, which can help some of the younger guests (like bridesmaids and best men) bond. It’s so common for a huge percentage of the guests at a wedding not to know each other, so a wedding game like this can really help you change that.

  • Tug of war
  • Miniature sports day
  • Paintballing
  • Burlap Sack Racing
  • Zip-wiring
  • Scavenger Hunt
  • Mini-Golf

Outdoor Games

Some of these things you might find that you can rent for your reception party, and they make a great talking point if you’re having your wedding in a place that has a large outdoor area. Summer weddings probably recommended.

  • Ring toss
  • Space-hoppers
  • Giant-Jenga
  • Horse-shoe toss
  • Giant Checkers
  • Giant Chess
  • Giant Connect-Four
  • Giant Scrabble
  • Giant Snakes and Ladders
  • Tic-Tac-Toe
  • Corn-Hole
  • Lawn-Twister

Darts

Everybody loves darts, don’t they? Well, not everyone. Great for pub venues, before everyone gets too tipsy. If you’d like to have a lawn party, then what better than lawn darts? Often, there are retro versions available on internet sites such as eBay. Foam versions can also be found, which are especially handy for younger guests.

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Dinner Table Games

These are designed for the table either during or after the dinner. Some of them could also be used in a quiet area away from the dance floor, for those groups that need a quiet break from the loud dancing frenzy.

  • Booklets – great for suggestions for dates, holidays, baby-names and secrets to happy marriages
  • Anniversary Cards – a card written per table/per person, to be opened for future events and anniversaries
  • Board Games – be they retro or new, these are great little ways to pass time. Things like Monopoly are often too long. Portable versions of games are often available, and are very handy for storage when you need to pack everything away.
  • Cards Against Humanity. The crude, lewd and plain crazy game. This is wonderful fun for people of all ages… as long as they’re over 16. Probably not the best thing to play with your grandmother, but it shall still make you laugh. The great thing about this game is that is can be played with very large groups of people, especially if you have the expansion packs.

Icebreaker Jars

Create your own icebreakers for each table, which creates a sense of teamwork between each of the people you’ve sat there. Create different tasks per table, so that people can trade if they would like, and of course, laugh at the other tables.

Photo-game

Ask guests to bring photos of themselves as a baby, put them on photo holders, and place them mixed around on the tables where those people are then going to sit. It’s a good way to get everyone chatting right away as they all try and guess who is whom.

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Wedding ‘I-Spy’

As you can see from the photo below, there’s certainly a lot of things to see at a loved one’s wedding. You can use one like this, or create something more personal. For instance, ‘See John’s lucky socks’ or ‘Stacey shows off her diamond-ring’. Of course, try not to be too offensive, and keep it light. PLUS, whoever fills it in first can get a goody-bag of sweets, or something.

Wedding iSpy

Late Night Drinking Games

These are especially good for small parties, or late night at the larger ones when most people have left. Undoubtedly, some people will not be drinking. In that case, you can make other forfeits, such as buying the next round or sucking on a lime. Obviously, they aren’t the greatest things to be played around children, so these are for the late night wedding parties only. You can check out a few of the ideas here.

  • Drunga (drunk Jenga)
  • Never Have I Ever
  • Would You Rather?
  • Pennies
  • Fuzzy Duck
  • Twenty One
  • Drink While You Think
  • Beer Pong
  • Paranoia

As you can see, a lot of these drinking games have been adapted from somewhat harmless childish fun into things far more likely to make you vomit. Drink responsibly, and if you are sick, try and not do it in the direction of the bride.

Best Man Duties

What the best man should do at the wedding

Being your best mate’s best man is a big deal. It’s a really big deal. However, that doesn’t mean you should worry about it – not excessively, at least. Here’s our tips for how to survive your friend’s nuptials.

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  • Make sure you have the rings. Sounds like a simple thing, right? You’d think so, but too many people mess this one up. Don’t want to annoy the groom AND the bride? Bring the rings. Don’t lose them. Don’t pawn them off and try getting one you think looks better. Don’t pawn it off in an attempt to make a profit. That can only end badly. Substitutes will not work. They WILL know, and you WILL pay.
  • Don’t hire strippers for the bachelor party, unless you’ve already checked with the bride and groom. Those kind of ‘surprises’ are not well received.
  • Don’t lose the groom – we’ve all seen ‘The Hangover’, and we know that doesn’t turn out well.
  • No convincing the groom to get drunken tattoos. That didn’t work too well in ‘The Hangover – Part II’, either.
  • What else from ‘The Hangover’ series? Oh yeah, don’t get gun-crazy mafia-millionaires involved. Unless they’re already invited to the wedding – then go straight ahead and make sure they have the best time ever.
  • Make sure the groom is aware you’ll be making a speech, just in case he’s never been to a wedding before.
  • Check over some of the more controversial ideas for the speech – you don’t want to upset anyone on such a special day. It’s especially a good idea to run any totally wild ideas past the bride.
  • Wake up early.
  • Don’t get completely hammered the night before.
  • Try not to hook up for a one-night-stand with one of the bridesmaids, as that could get a little awkward.
  • Don’t complain about how much time and money the groom is spending on the wedding. They probably know this already, and don’t want you pointing it out.
  • Buy a gift! Something from the local convenience store will not work. Unless it’s a substantial amount, money will not work either.

How should you dress?

You’re a grown-man. You should know how to dress. If you don’t know how to dress, you’re going to have problems with some of the more complicated parts of being the best man. However, if you’re really that clueless, get your mother to dress you. Or follow our simple guide…

  • Is the groom wearing a suit? Wear a suit.
  • Is the groom wearing a tie? Wear a tie. Or, you could wear a bow-tie. Check with the groom. Regardless, spinning/light-up ties are never acceptable, unless you’re a clown at parties for children. Even if you are, keep your job away from the wedding.
  • What are the other men wearing? There can only be one best man, but that doesn’t mean you have to stand out.
  • Black suit, white shirt and a black tie always works well.
  • No flip-flops. Even for beach weddings, if the groom manages to wear proper shoes, your feet must also sweat and suffer. Follow the man-code, don’t let him walk alone.
  • Socks? Always. Multi-coloured socks? Never.
  • Should you wear a kilt? Tough one. Are you Scottish? Is the groom Scottish, and wearing a kilt? If the answer to these two questions is yes, then go ahead. If not? Best be on the safe side and say no. Regardless, no flashing at weddings – no-one wants to find out if the rumours are true.

photo credit: Sean O’Shaughnessy via photopin (license)