Oh, that time of year is upon us. The smell of buttercream and flowers are in the air. The words to the chicken dance (or at least the melody) is stuck in your head. Your mailbox is filled with save the dates, and invitations to showers, engagement parties and weddings. It's a wonderful time of the year. So, let's just take a few minutes to refresh ourselves on how to be a good guest.
#1 - Return your RSVP card.
Honestly, there is nothing more irritating than people who do not return their RSVPs. It takes 2 minutes and it is already stamped. For the happy couple it is very frustrating trying to figure out how many people to plan for when you have 20 RSVP floating around. I understand, I slipped on one last week and heard it from my mom. I did return the it with a note to the Bride apologizing for being late. One final note on this, if you return your RSVP that you are coming at the last minute you can't make (I know it happens) - call the Bride (or her Mom or the Groom or his Mom) and tell them please.
#2 - Attend the Ceremony
I know the reception is the fun part, but there has been alot of planning and time spent on the ceremony as well. Go and Enjoy. Hold your partners hand while the Bride and Groom say their vows, it will remind you of yours.
#3 - Dress Appropriately
No Shorts, no flip flops, no jeans, no t-shirts, and no gym shoes.
#4 - Watch your fluid intake
The open bar is tempting. It's like going to a buffet, it's like they want you to stuff yourself and feel awful later (or in the morning). This will cause you to say things that you don't mean, for example "When did your wife start dressing like Michael Jackson?" -- yes I did overhear that at a wedding. A couple of drinks will get you loosened up for the 'Electric Slide' - just don't get too loose, if you know what I mean.
#5 - Thank the Bride and Groom
It's important that you get alittle face time with them. Thank them for the lovely dinner, and sharing their special day with you. The best way to excuse yourself? "Well, I know you have alot of other people to see, I can't wait to catch up with you after your honeymoon."
#6 - Don't Forget the Gift
Get a card, write a check.
#7 - Enjoy Yourself
Eat, drink, dance. Catch up with family and old friends, make some new ones!
#8 - Put your Phone Down
Turn it off before the ceremony. Only use for pictures and important calls (or texts) and I am talking babysitter important, calls and texts during the reception. Do not post any pictures until the reception. Be engaged in the event. Sit back and have an actually conversation. Dance with your date.
PS - So now you know what how to act, find out What to get the Bride and Groom.