This past weekend was special for me. I was invited to attend the wedding of a dear friend of mine and was even asked to do a reading, which I was nervous for, but also very excited! It was the first wedding I had attended where I wasn't part of the bridal party, and the second I had ever attended during my adult life.
Since weddings aren't a regular occurrence for me, there were a few things I learned that I thought I would share with you incase you're not a wedding veteran either:
This one is pretty obvious in a world where camera phones are part of every day life. Take photos of the bride and groom, the guests, the band, the flowers, the food...weddings are such a special celebration, you may as well remember as much of it as you can. Photos can also be a wonderful gift to the bride or groom as a Christmas or birthday present, so be creative and capture those memories!
Don't Drink Too Much
Weddings are different to bachelorette parties, where everyone is expected to get a little rowdy and probably do some pretty embarrassing things. There's nothing worse than making a fool of yourself in front of your best friend's Nanna, or that boy you had a crush on in year 2...be smart - have fun, but don't be too silly.
I learned this one the hard way! You may have a full morning of hair/makeup appointments, but make sure you take a moment to eat something. Whether it's grabbing a banana on your way out the door, or stopping for a yummy smoothie before you put on your outfit, food is important! Your headache from not eating anything for hours on end will eventually catch up with you and will surely make celebrations less fun if you go with an empty stomach.
Weddings aren't about sitting around a table playing Pokemon Go with a friend all night until it's time to go home. Make the most of being in a room with some people you probably don't see all too often and say hi. Introduce yourself to those you don't know, and catch up with friends you do. Dance, sing, laugh and add to the overall atmosphere of the event. You don't want to look back in 20 years time and wonder why you didn't enjoy yourself more at such a special moment in a loved ones' life.
Wear Comfortable Shoes
Again, I learned this one the hard way as well (I have done this a few times, unfortunately!). Plan your outfit based on 2 things: weather and comfort. If you know it's going to rain, bring a jacket and if you know you will be dancing all night long, bring a spare pair of comfy flats! I can't tell you how many events I have gone to where I think my heels are reasonably comfy, only to be in agony 2 hours into the event without a backup! You can always take your shoes off to dance, but if your wedding is being held on grass, remember to wear block heels, or sandals to stop yourself sinking. By the end of the night, nobody will be looking at your feet, they'll be too busy dancing to care!
I'd love to know what your words of advise are for attending a wedding!
What is a moment where you've been caught out and thought 'I wish I had planned ahead for this!'?
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Published by Melissa Pisan