I fully intend on writing many blog posts detailing how I planned my own wedding, however, today I want to touch on something I experienced recently: being a wedding guest. While weeks, months and sometimes even years go into planning a wedding, when the day finally arrives, are you prepared to be a courteous and comfortable guest?
The recent nuptials I attended were absolutely fantastic, and honestly I felt honored to be included along with Mr. P². We met the couple several years ago on a Facebook group for people with similar interests (get your minds out of the gutter :-P). The bride and groom tailored the event perfectly to their tastes, and with a limited guest list of mostly couples who are all friends, it was a lovely evening.
We knew ahead of time that it was going to be a long day. The ceremony went from 15:30 to 16:00, the reception went from 17:00 to 21:00, and the after party went from 22:00 to 2:00. I also knew that there would be a ton of amazing food, so thankfully we didn’t have to plan to eat ahead of time and avoid the classic “rubber chicken.” In fact, I’m fairly certain I was one bite away from rolling out of there by the end of the night. Thankfully, I had worn an adorable dress that looked cute – and had an elastic waistband! Mr. P² was not happy about wearing a suit, but he wore his comfy dress pants and conveniently “forgot” his tie, so he wasn’t too miserable in his monkey suit.
Wardrobe & accessories play an important factor in events such as this, particularly if you’re planning on wearing heels like I did. I knew we’d be doing a lot of walking and dancing, and since the event was almost twelve hours and our car was rather far from the venue, I decided to carry some comfy flats with me for later. The bride and groom had asked everyone to take photos and videos throughout the evening, so I brought my clutch with charging abilities to keep my phone’s battery topped off. I highly recommend having some way to charge your phone if that will be your main camera – it helps so much!
Other things I had in my purse were tissues, lipstick for touching up, and my phone in its wallet case. The one drawback of the clutch I was using is its size – in keeping with the classic woman logic tradition, I couldn’t fit a whole lot in there (but that didn’t stop me from trying!). I also had a hair clip attached to it since I knew I would get warm and want to pull my hair up when dancing.
There are a few things that I wish I had with me in hindsight. I wish I had brought a bigger purse to carry my shoes and my jacket; I wish I would have had a rubber band for my hair instead of a clip; and lastly, I wish I had brought something to help boost my energy. Despite our best efforts, Mr. P² and I had to pull a Cinderella and leave at midnight as we simply couldn’t stay awake. Also, while not necessarily planning related, I wish I wouldn’t have imbibed quite as much as I did – I paid the price later :-(.
So there you have it! Wear clothes you can be comfortable in, don’t forget a charger, and be mindful of the schedule and location to accommodate accordingly. Oh, and of course – don’t forget the gift!
All the best,