Summer is upon us, and with the increasingly warm weather comes beach volleyball, Frisbee golf, barbeques, and making excuses to lie in front of an oscillating fan all day instead of participating in outdoor activities. It’s the season for being outside, picnics at the park, chillaxing, and keeping your toenails trimmed.
It’s also the season for weddings. Indoor, outdoor, church, destination — they come in all shapes and sizes, and range in levels of formality and degrees of tolerated raucousness. Some weddings kick off with Chris Brown and end only when the reception venue finally gives the boot to all the drunk straggler guests. Others require floor length dresses, tuxedos, and decorum.
Regardless of what kind of wedding you’re attending this summer, there are a few things you must do, a few niceties you must attend to. Here’s how to be an exceptional guest this wedding season:
Before you do anything else, you need to RSVP, which means you must REMEMBER to RSVP. RSVP-ing isn’t hard. Usually, all you have to do is go to the wedding’s custom website and follow a few simple prompts.
No problem, right? Here’s the thing — you’ll forget to do it. You’ll get the invitation in the mail, stick it on your fridge, mark the date on your calendar, then forget to inform the happy couple that you intend to show up. The RSVP date will come and go, and you’ll not even think about it until weeks later when you see the bride-to-be at a function (possibly her bridal shower) and she awkwardly reminds you that you’ve neglected to confirm your attendance at her wedding. Don’t ask her if she can take your verbal assertion as an RSVP. Go home, go to the website, and do it properly. No excuses. You’re a grownup after all. Continue Reading →