The clocks have gone back and the sky is blue (as I write). There’s no excuse for hibernation anymore and those dates that have been booked in the diary are in view. If you have more than a few weddings to go to, the prospect can be quite daunting. We’ve gathered a few key suggestions from our teams -seasoned professionals when it comes to weddings – to make sure you’re winning the race rather than spending your summer on the back foot.
A Guest’s Guide to the Wedding Season
Step one, don’t ignore the (helpful) instructions!
That load of information that comes along with the invitation is actually very useful. Act upon it as soon as you can. Book the accommodation early so you don’t end up sleeping on the floor of a friends room in the Travelodge. You’re better than that.
Check the dress code and your outfit a week (latest) before the date.
We’ve seen ushers and best men even, arrive to the venue without key components of their outfits. Finding a nice shirt in a town you don’t know can be stressful. If you’re a guest, make sure your suit/shirt/waistcoat is cleaned of wine spills or stained sleeves so you don’t spend your entire time sweating in your tail coat to hide the evidence. And if its a dress you need, find a few smoking hot outfits to wear that you feel great in, so you don’t feel uncomfortable throughout the day.
Make some space
You can never be too sure what sort of event you’re attending or moments you’ll want to capture. Make sure your phone or sim card has enough space on it for those great moments with your friends and family. Nothing screams disappointment when you’ve got the entire wedding party to pose and you get this message. Killer.
If buying off the gift list, buy early
Wedding gift lists are useful in so many ways. Not so useful when you’ve left it to the night before and the only things left are well beyond your budget. If giving a present at all (which is always nice) buy it before the wedding and not after. It’s much more stressful that way around and if you’re going to numerous weddings, playing catch up on wedding presents will be a mountain you won’t want to climb.
Have only three glasses of champagne before you sit down to eat. Your head will thank you for it in the morning. And no one likes a heckler before the Father of the Bride has even got up to speak.
Be sure to spend time with those that make you laugh
The best memories will be made with the people you have the most fun with. Weddings are about the whole community gathered for the special occasion. If you find yourself talking to the uncle at great lengths whilst your friends are on their 6th outfit in the photo booth, make your excuses and run. You won’t regret it. Of course if the uncle is youthful and a bit of a catch, put your phone on silent and stare deeply into his eyes and ignore those nobodies shouting at you from the dance floor.
Be well armed
If you’re on a race track of summer weddings, keeping up with the thank you letters to your wedded friends and their families is going to be tough. Especially given that they are the only times you ever put pen to actual paper. Make it less hard on yourself by having plentiful stamps and letter writing kit to pen your wittiest most charming thanks to those that matter most. Fail to do that and by September you’ll be in knots about who to send thanks for what.
Weddings are to be cherished.
We love every single one that we plan with our couples and we want to make each day as unique and memorable for them and their friends and family as possible.
What the above list suggests is be organised! And we can certainly help couples, and their friends, with that!
To learn more about our events teams and what we can create with you, please contact us at: email@example.com