(Closed) friend behaving badly at reception – how to deal?

posted 9 years ago in Etiquette
Post # 3
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

I would flat out tell her you (and the rest of the world) has heard enough!  Tell her you were embarrassed.  Tell her people were disgusted.  Give her time to be mad at you for being honest.  Maybe it will help her in the long run.  May sound harsh, but she needs to grow up. (or see a psychologist).

 

Post # 4
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

Goodness! What drama! I’m sorry you had to go through with this. Talk about Klassy with a capital K. I would leave it alone for now, but perhaps distance yourself from her. If she brings it up again (which it sounds like she will), I would state that you did not appreciate her behavior at your wedding and thought her announcements were crass. It sounds like she needs a swift kick in the head to wake her up to how people see her.

Post # 5
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2009

yesh…well, the most high road thing to do would probably be to just drop it since the wedding was a month ago and most people have probably moved on. I, however, would tell her to shut the blankety blank up the next time she even started to tell the story.  then i would counter that from now on, the only stories you want to hear from her are how beautiful you looked.  or you could totally guilt her into closing that trap of hers…my granny heard you going on and on and was so offended.  could you please stop recounting this story to others.  instead of a laugh, you are making people uncomfortable…

Post # 6
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

I’m so sorry about this but why are you even friends with this person?  I had a friend like this and she thought the whole world revolved around her and wanted attention all the time.  I found her so annoying and couldn’t stand it anymore so I had to drop her.  My advice is don’t say anything to her.  She’s always going to be like that and its not like she’s going to change. 

Post # 7
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2018

Ok, you have more than one friend who thinks it’s cute to have sex at public events? Really? Yuck. I would just skip the conversation with her, but I also wouldn’t invite her to your children’s birthday parties. 

Post # 9
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Newbee
  • Wedding: October 2009

It does matter if a friend hurts you, intentionally or not. If I hurt a friend without meaning to, I want to know about it so that I can apologize and explain and avoid hurting them in the future if I can.

Post # 10
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2009

lambchop – I’m with MsJoe. I know you say you gave context, but I don’t see one good quality that this friend has. I have been friendly with someone like this, and believe me, they are telling the same stories over and over again because they believe people like them – in their heads, they are so funny and hilarious and wonderful and such good storytellers how could anyone not want to hear it a million times?!? And how dare you try to take the spotlight away from her at your own wedding, celebrating your love – she’s so crazy and fun and spontaneous and in love she’s going to have sex in the bathroom and tell everyone!

If I had met this girl on the night of your wedding I would have told her to shut up and get over herself. She is only ever thinking about herself. That kind of person cannot be a good friend.

Post # 11
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

1) she’s probably secretly SUPER insecure. Regardless, not OK behavior.

2) Next time she brings it up, roll your eyes and go, "Sarah, we get it, but we’re tired of hearing about your risque romps with your boyfriend. Not everyone cares as much as you do sweetie". Sarcasm usually works for me. 

3) I have a friend who is so religious and old fashioned that she is incredibly offensive to everyone around her. She will say things like, "well, *MY* Boyfriend or Best Friend doesn’t want to sleep with me because he loves me" in a room full of the rest of us girls. I don’t want to offend anyone out there in Weddingbee land who is religious like my friend. But, she can be offensive and says she doesn’t care because God says it’s ok to push her views on others, despite them not being solicited and despite the fact it bristles EVERYONE’S feathers. It took me awhile to get over her comments  but I just shrug and chalk it up to her immaturity and her own insecurities. It still matters that she’s being offensive, but I also know her intentions are good and not malicious. I have tried mentioning it to her that she comes across poorly sometimes, but she doesn’t *get* it, so I’ve given up, and your friend may not "get it" either or may not care. I, too, have distanced myself from her. I’m just waiting for her to mature and maybe you need to take the high road a little bit with your friend. 

4) i’d shrug off comments from other people and say something, like,"wel, that’s Sarah for ya, not sure what to tell you!" If you act upset by it, people will start having discussions with you about it, enabling MORE converstion. 

Post # 12
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2009

does she know that this is an issue? i think she needs a bit of a rude awakening. (incidentally, i also have a friend who is *completely* oblivious to how she is perceived, but she’s never done anything this egregious, so i try to subtly point out to her when she’s being perceived as a jerk.)

i think next time she brings it up (which it sounds like she will), you should make it very clear that you’re having an issue: not that she had sex at your wedding, but that she made a public spectacle of herself at your wedding which distracted others from celebrating your marriage, and that she’s continuing to do so by spreading this story around. a couple sneaking off is, i think, only "cute" to people who are *in* that couple.

does it seem like she cares about you as a friend in other respects? it sounds like she’s not very good about thinking about what you want and need… i can’t believe she wanted to talk with you about this at your wedding!

Post # 13
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Sugar bee

I agree with a lot that has been said.  It sounds like this isn’t her first incident of trying to be the center of attention and not knowing how she comes across.  I think the issue is this general behavior and how it’s annoying you.  I think it’s wise to wait until the next opportunity, then address it as appropriate.  I would also let her know in general how she is coming across.  And how it is creating the opposite affect from what she wants (which is probably to have people like her.)  If you’ve really considered her a friend, I think you should think about what might be in her best interest.  To me that means letting her know how badly her actions affect her relationships.  She could get really angry at you and strom off.  But that doesn’t mean that it wasn’t necessary to say.  And if she doesn’t change nor wants to remain friends with ou because of it… it doesn’t sound like it’s that big of a loss.

Post # 15
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

I think we all have a friend like this….(namely my friend I mentioned above, too, so you aren’t alone). you don’t want to lose her because she can still be a good friend, but the tact is lacking, and it may or may not be your place to bring it up. I see where you are going with that. Do you care enough about her not to lose her friendship? She just may be one of your fair weathered friends, or, when she brings up certain things, maybe you just have to find a phrase that truncates and ends her discussion.

When she does something that is offensive and inappropriate in mixed company, for example the eating issue, just say something like, "well not everyone gets to stuff their face all day so just count your blessings" and see what works in regards to hushing her.  Or, when she talks about all the junk she can eat, you can say how bad all that is for her anyways and it’ll give her a heart attack in the end….SOMETHING to indicate the conversation is stopping there.

She probably likes to be the center of attention and starting up a discussion is probably the only thing she knows how to do. 

Post # 16
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

Wow i think at some point in life we all run into the pesky kind of person. In all honesty you need to tell her to shut up or every time she brings the subjet up ruffle around in your purse, get a drink of water ect cut her off right in her track and busy yourself other wise. She will eventually get the hint that every time she brings the subject up that you are not interested. If she asks you why you are acting like that then right there you let her know that the story is over done. Tell her you are so pround of her doing it in a germ infested bathroom..lol oh wait she might think that is a comment. Good Luck with you friend and congrats on your marriage.

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