Kelli and I often sit around and debate over our favorite season. She loves Summer where I personally prefer Fall (what can I say, I love to layer). But there is a “season” that we both happen to enjoy, and that is wedding season. This ‘season’ (referenced in Wedding Crashers) is the time of year from mid-May through September where pretty much every weekend on my Choctaw Nation calendar is marked with someone’s big day. Now, I am not sure what it is about me- but I get invited to a lot of weddings. And,not only am I invited to a lot of them- I am IN a lot of them. In 2010 I was a bridesmaid 3 times in 6 months..now it’s no Katherine Heigel in 27 Dresses but it’s impressive. Since Kelli is currently out of town attending a wedding, she has asked me, the ‘professional wedding guest,’ to share my wisdom which may help lockdown some future invites:
Do your research. I mean nothing is worse than looking like a wannabe bridesmaid by showing up in a frock the exact same color. Rule of thumb, if the color is on the invite don’t wear it.
Dances to never miss: The Cha Cha Slide (if you don’t know it, look it up) or the Cupid Shuffle.
Speeches. Under no circumstances make a voluntary toast. If you are required to toast, under no circumstances try to be funny. It’s not worth the embarrassment of no one laughing.
Gift. I always mail it directly, trying to wrestle your way to gift table in a crowded reception hall... STRESSFUL.
Photos. If you are a guest, try to get in as many photos as possible so the bride and groom remember how fun you are. If you are a plus one, then by all means avoid the camera. You never want to be mistaken for a wedding crasher.