How to Be the Perfect Wedding Guest, According to Dottie
Hi Hokie Friends,
It’s your feathered friend, Dottie!
Over the summer I received several wedding invitations and without hesitation I quickly RSVP’d to all six of them. But of course, I didn’t pay too much attention to the dates in which they were occurring and recently my calendar has been blowing up with the fact that all of these weddings are occurring in October and November! Since fall weddings are all the rage, a lot of you all might be in the same boat as me.
I’ve complied a little list of some tips and advice to help you all get organized and to be the best wedding guest you possibly can be!
- RSVP ASAP
The very first thing you should do when receiving and invitation is check and make sure that you are able to go. Hopefully the happy couple will have sent out a save the date prior to give you a heads up. However, these days there’s no saying if you’ll be blessed with that old fashion formality. Once you’ve decided if you can or cannot go, it is pertinent that you send your RSVP! The earlier you RSVP, the easier it will be on the couple to plan accordingly with food, seating and spirits.
- Find the Perfect Gift
Hopefully this step will be easy and the couple will have publicly registered so you know exactly what to get! This takes the ambiguous nature of “will they like it?” away. Often times places will even offer services where you pick online from the list and will mail it straight to them. This way you can eliminate the shopping and wrapping hassle, and just enjoy attending a great wedding celebrating the marriage of friends or family.
- Plan Attire Accordingly
As the wedding date nears, it is crucial that you figure out what the theme of the wedding will be so that you can find the perfect outfit. Don’t just show up to a chapel wedding in your Nikes and blue jeans or attend a country wedding in your little black dress and suit. Hopefully the attire requested by the couple will be on the invitation. However, if you’re unsure, don’t be afraid to ask the couple. As a general rule of thumb, evening weddings are usually more formal and afternoon weddings are usually more casual in attire. Now, don’t attend an afternoon wedding wearing your pjs and flannels. However, you’d be surprised by how dark colors make your outfit formal, while lighter clothing keeps it casual. As Oscar Wilde once said, “You can never be over dressed or over educated.”
- Have Fun, But Not TOO Much
My very last piece of advice for while your attending the wedding, is don’t get too crazy at the reception. I have seen lots of heels beak, and pants split while attendees are shaking their tail feathers a little too hard.
Those are just a few of my tips and tricks for being the perfect wedding guest. Make sure to congratulate the happy couple and enjoy their special day with them. If any of you all have any suggestions that aren’t mentioned above, comment below!
Until next time!
Gobble, gobble and go Hokies