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Event Crashers: Do They Really Exist?

We have all seen or heard of the movie Wedding Crashers, where two friends played by Owen Wilson and Vince Vaughn come up with cover stories and crash various weddings, all in the name of picking up women. So the question is, does this really happen? The answer is “YES,” and it is a lot easier to do than you may think.

People are more likely to crash your event if your event is being held at the same time as another event within your venue. With so many people milling around, it is easy to walk into another event “by accident.”

People scope out venues to see what event or events may be happening, get dressed up, and then just walk into your event because usually, people are not checking against a list of attendees.

So how do you handle a crasher?

Don’t create a scene. If you spot any crashers, simply have someone other than yourself politely ask them to leave.

If they won’t leave after being asked politely, then notify your banquet manager of the intrusion and allow him or her to handle the situation from that point on.

If you are at the point in the evening when all of your guests have been served dinner, you can make the call whether the crashers stay or go. If they are not causing any problems, there is nothing wrong with allowing them to stay and enjoy your party.

The most important thing to keep in mind is not to allow the crashers to become the centre of attention for your event. That honour should always belong to you.

Until next time, happy planning!
Amalia Ward
Talen Events