Over the years, the majority of us will be asked to attend a whole host of weddings. People tie the knot on a regular basis and as we reach a certain age, more and more of our friends, colleagues and other acquaintances will begin to say their vows. But attending a wedding can feel pretty daunting when you don’t know what to do and you don’t know what’s expected of you. But not to worry. Here are some pieces of information that should help you along this journey, making the most of each event you attend.
Know Your Role
First, you need to consider your role in the wedding. Sometimes, if someone close to you is getting married, you will need to know your role in their wedding. You may be a bridesmaid. You may be there as a witness to sign papers. You may be asked to help with different elements of organisation. If you’re ever confused about what your role entails, don’t hesitate to ask the bride or groom who has asked you to fill certain positions what you need to do as part of that.
Have you been given the option of bringing a plus one to the wedding? Usually this information will be provided on your invitation. Only ever bring a plus one to the wedding if you have been given permission to do so, otherwise you could mess up numbers and cause issues with things like dining or catering, seating arrangements and more.
Keep the Date Free
Make sure to keep the date free for the wedding - which may involve booking annual leave and making arrangements for childcare or petsitting. You should make sure to highlight it in your calendar or diary to avoid making other plans on this day too.
You’re going to need clothes for the big day. Make sure you have an outfit ready and ensure that it meets the dress code asked of you. Some weddings will require specific colours or types of clothes to be worn. Whether that’s dresses, wedding ties, pocket squares, types of shoes or anything else. Getting your outfit well in advance makes this a lot less stressful in the lead up to the big day.
Is the wedding far from home? You may need to book accommodation to be able to stay close to the venue either / or the night before and the night after. This can help make sure that you arrive at the wedding on time and don’t have to worry about getting home straight after. This may require saving or budgeting to ensure that you’re able to get the room you need. You should also book well in advance to avoid a situation where you may be unable to find accommodation closer to the time.
These are just a few steps on your to-do list as a wedding attendee. Hopefully, some of the information provided above will help to get the ball rolling in the right direction and see you become the best wedding guest out there!
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