One of the many joys of being invited as a guest to a wedding is having the luxury of fêting the newlyweds without stressing all of the itty-bitty details that went into planning the big day.
That being said, if you are going to be a guest to a wedding, than you are not quite off the hook so listen closely.
Plan Your Time/Day
You know that beautiful card or piece of paper you received in the mail 3 months ago? The one you stuck on your fridge? Well, that little gem holds all of the answers to where you are expected to be and when- so use it! Making an entrance after the bride is not acceptable so plan to be in your seat at least 15 minutes before the ceremony is expected to start.
That means making sure you take the time to Google Map the directions in order to know how long the drive will take to get there and accounting for potential traffic mishaps. And should you arrive late, wait until the I do’s are done before you join in on the celebration.
Dress For The Occasion
Weddings come in all different shapes and sizes so the outfit you wore to your cousin’s casual summer wedding may not be appropriate to wear to your brother-in-law’s black tie ceremony.
Again, referring to the invitation will clear up these uncertainties and save you from feeling uncomfortably under dressed at a wedding or from ruining your expensive stiletto heels because they spent the day three inches below grass level.
Pack The Essentials
Remember, you’re going to an all day or night affair so hope for the best but plan for the worst! Ladies, we are talking to you for a minute, here are some things you should always keep in your purse at a wedding: A small string of floss for after dinner, a compact mirror, deodorant, extra cash for tipping that luscious open bar and finally, Band-Aids.
Of course all of these items may not suit your needs but what’s important is that you have the items that will allow you to be comfortable and not distracted by silly little mishaps.
This one is pretty self explanatory, if you are bringing a cash gift don’t forget it on your counter. If you are ordering something off of the registry than make sure you have it sent to the couple in advance so you don’t forget to do it afterwards.
Contribute To The Memories
When all is said and done, the couple will not remember what you wore or if you had steak in your teeth, but they will remember how you made them feel on their special day. Therefore, make an effort to dance when the music is on, participate in the bouquet toss or the garter toss and eat, drink and be merry!
Weddings are a time to celebrate people you care about so go find the newlyweds and make sure you save a little dance for them!