PROBLEM: Raunchy Family Members at Weddings – Isolate, Contain, Evacuate


We all have them¬†-ūüėí- raunchy family members who can be offensive and embarrassing at formal events. This bride-to-be (who sent her problem to Dan Ariely‘s Wall Street Journal column) wants to know how to run defense on her raunchy family at her wedding to keep them from ruining her big day.¬†Charlie offers suggestions on how to manage those few¬†asshole¬†family members at weddings¬†(short of killing them and burying their bodies in a ditch).


My fianc√© and I are realizing that we’re going to have to invite some awful people to our wedding. These are close relative whom we love despite everything, but they often say or do crummy things at parties. We estimate that they’ll make up about 4% of our guests at a 150-person wedding.

So how should we arrange the table seating for maximum guest happiness? Should we put all of the troublemakers together, spread them among guests who don’t know them well or put them with family members who are more or less used to their behavior?” — Susanna


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