Well guys, it’s been a nice (if not chilly) reprieve, but here we are again. With the warmer, spring weather comes that other, lesser known season that hits up twenty- and thirty-somethings every year around this time: Wedding Season.
As we trade the blustery white winter for lavish white gowns and begin to worry about new suits, dresses and all of the cash we’re going to have to tuck away just to make it through, wedding season can be a stressful one. Especially if you’re single or just hoping you were engaged yourself.
No need to panic just yet — we’ve got you covered. Here’s how to make your way through yet another wedding season completely intact.
1. Clear room on the fridge
You’re going to want to make sure you have room for all of the Save-the-Dates, official invites and thank you cards, after all.
2. Take stock of your outfits
Weddings = pictures. And who wants to be wearing the same outfit in every picture, all summer long? So stock up on ties, dresses and shoes when they go on sale to make sure you have enough.
3. Start saving. Now. (Sorry, it still won’t be enough)
Between the shower, stag and doe, bachelor or bachelorette party and the wedding itself, you’re going to be spending lots and lots of cash. If you start putting away between $20 to $60 from each paycheque now, you’ll feel it a lot less when you’ve got to dole it out in a couple of months.
4. If you’re in the wedding party, revise your expectations
It’s an honour to be asked to be in someone’s wedding party. Just make sure you know what you’re getting yourself into.
5. If you’re single, make a pact with another single buddy that you’ll get through this together
After all, there’s power in numbers, right?
6. Sync up your calendars
Because you know, if you can’t get a date, it’s better to go with a really good pal and wingman/wingwoman. Book each other’s time now so that they can’t bail later.
7. Get really good at online shopping and finding sales
One, you save money. Two, you don’t have to brave the craziness that is The Bay, Bed Bath and Beyond or Home Outfitters to try and physically track down registry items. See how you win?
8. Learn to stop procrastinating
If you want to get a gift item, you’re going to be left with one of the crappier, more expensive items (luxe pillow cases for $60, anyone?). And when it comes to booking the wedding hotel, they never seem to put enough rooms on hold. Make sure you get yours early.
9. Start scoping out cleanses, detoxes, spa treatments, or whatever makes you feel good
Having a game plan to look good alongside the primped wedding party makes you feel better heading into the big day.
10. For the ladies: buy flip-flops or flats as soon as they go on sale
You know you’re going to want to take your high heels off at some point. And unless you’re a bottle of wine in, we’ll bet that floor still looks too gross to go barefoot. #Amirite?
11. Definitely practice drinking to make sure you know your alcohol tolerance
Because, why not. You don’t want to be “that person” at the reception, and you definitely don’t want to be the drunken mess the married couple remembers for the next decade.
12. If you want the steak, RSVP for the damn steak
Telling yourself you’re going to be healthy by ordering the dried-out fish or creamy chicken is not the way to go. When you get there and see everyone else’s delicious steak, the only person you can blame is yourself.
13. Practice keeping your opinions to yourself
Some weddings can be…shall we say over the top? But that’s not for us to say on the big day. As much as we probably really, really want to.
14. Remind yourself how to be a good conversationalist
Spare yourself the pain so you can avoid drab, dead-end questions like “So…how do you know the bride or groom?” or the dreaded “Can you believe this weather?”
15. Pack tissues. All the tissues
Even if you’re not a crying, odds are someone next to you will be. Be a hero and have some tissue in your pocket or bra. It will be so distracting when the person takes it from you that they may even stop tearing up for a bit.
16. Build a drinking strategy
After you’ve mastered number 11, you’re ready to move onto strategy. Do you have a designated driver? Checking into a hotel room? Looking to have one glass of water between every drink? Is it a (ugh) CASH BAR? Figure out how much you want to drink and how you’re going to do it. That way you won’t overindulge (a little is OK though, it is a wedding after all).
17. While you’re at it, factor in an appropriate exit strategy
If you know it’s going to be an early night, figure out the best way to slip out without everyone noticing you. And be SURE to spend a few minutes with the bride and groom first so they know you were there. (After that they’ll probably be too busy to see how much longer you stayed). #SayHelloToEveryoneAndByeToNoOne
18. Ask questions about the parents, ahead of time
Some peoples’ folks really like to indulge on special occasions, others are stone-cold sober. You might want to find out a little about the sets you’re dealing with ahead of time so that you can be sure to make a good impression.
19. Make friends with the drunk uncle. There’s always a drunk uncle
And his shenanigans always lead to the best stories/memories, don’t they?
20. If you’re single, now’s the time to scope out other singles. This is a bonus for you
Hey, you never know when you might meet “the one.” And somehow cheesy pickup lines don’t sound as cheesy when you’re at a wedding, right?
21. Try and take a yoga class that morning, if there’s time
Not only will it clear your mind so that you can be mentally fit heading into the big day, but you’ll be stretching out those dancing muscles too.
22. Take lots of selfies before the first dance
After that, being #WhiteGirlWasted is on the table, and your selfies might look…not so nice.
23. Above all, remember that you’re here for your loved one, and this is their special day. They’d do the same for you.
Happy wedding season!