The time has come when the majority of your besties are starting to say "I Do," and settle down with their new man. So, that means a jammed packed schedule filled with weddings, bridal showers and bachelorette parties. Since there is so much to juggle it's important to remember that you are there to support and celebrate with one of your lifelong friends. With the help of our top five rules, you'll have no trouble being the ideal guest for every gathering.
Be Classy with your RSVP
With the price of weddings increasing more and more, many couples have opted for to back out on the plus-ones so make sure not to assume you can invite a friend to tag along. More often than not you won't be granted a plus one, so unless the invite is addressed to two names, it's safe to assume you will be flying solo.
The bride must commit to a set number of guests, so be sure to RSVP on time. With per plate prices $100+, missed RSVPs can get very costly for a couple. Plus, by RSVPing early you demonstrate how excited you are for the big day!
Ok, so what if you've received an invitation and you really want to attend but you find yourself questioning if you can afford it? If that's the case, just let the bride know as soon as possible. You can always send a gift or card to acknowledge the big day or even suggest another way of celebrating before or after the wedding.
Dress for Elegance
No matter how jam packed our closets are or how many wedding related events we have attended, somehow we seem to have nothing to wear.
First things first - figure out the dress code of the event. Check the invitation to understand what the specific requirements are and don't forget to consider the location and season. If the wedding is outside, mid-summer opt for a dress or maxi. If the wedding is at a religious site, opt for something more conservative. When it doubt, the little black dress (LBD) is always a safe choice. The LBD is great go-to for any wedding or event and can be paired with accessories to dress it up or down depending on the theme. However, make sure to steer clear from anything white or cream and leave your jeans at home.
Now, even though you might be dying for an excuse to buy a new dress or have just fully convinced yourself nothing in your closet will do we recommend renting a dress (see Vow to Be Chic or Rent the Runway). Some gowns are as low as $40 but don't wait until the last minute! You can reserve your dress months in advance to ensure your size and delivery date are met.
Show your Love Sooner Rather than Later
Even though you might think it's best to wait and purchase your gift, always be prepared and purchase in advance. Whether that be ordering off the registry before the wedding or sending your on the registry gift within two weeks after the wedding, pre-planning is the best when it comes to wedding fits. Although the rule is one year to send the gift, two weeks is the ideal time that will show you care.
Unless the bride-to-be is one of your lifelong friends or family, consider ordering off the registry. It is a great way to get creative with your gift while still making the bride feel special!
Don't Ask the Bride Questions
With the hustle and bustle of wedding season, the bride will most likely have a lot on her plate so it's best not to send her questions upon questions about her big day. Refer to your invitation or her wedding website for all your questions and answers. If you're still having trouble finding the answer, ask someone in the wedding party or her planner.
Get Ready to Dance
Despite it all, weddings are a celebration and are meant to be fun! Every bride wants the party of a lifetime and you are there to show your support and get on the dance floor. No matter how groovy your moves are, get out there and have a good time with your friends. When in doubt, bring flip flops in your purse to change into so you're ready to go when the music starts to play and the guests hit the dance floor.