Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Follow the Bride: How to Really Enjoy a Wedding

I’m not the only girl I know getting married. A lot of my friends are settling down, and planning some pretty great parties to celebrate. I’ve been to my share of weddings—last summer I attended six! Each bride did a great job planning a memorable day—from playing some of the best party songs to arranging transportation for wedding guests—but there are a few things you can do to make your experience even more enjoyable. Try out these tips at the next wedding you attend:

1. Arrive early. Being prompt for a wedding goes without saying. If you’re late you’ll miss the bride’s grand entrance and will risk looking foolish in front of a lot of people. Even if you show up before the ceremony begins, you may not get a great seat. I always end up on the outside, behind the bride’s tallest uncle and can’t see anything. Arrive 15 to 20 minutes early and you’ll most likely have a great view and be able to capture some good images of the bride and groom.

2. Introduce yourself to at least one new person. It’s easy to spend the entire cocktail hour huddled around one table, especially since balancing a drink and a plate of hors d'oeuvres is tricky. Have a bite to eat and then step away from your friends. Introduce yourself to the person standing next to you at the bar or the woman behind you in line for the bathroom. You may hear some funny stories about the groom if you spend a few minutes chatting with his uncle or old college roommate.

3. Be the most exciting person at your table. When “Billy Jean” starts pumping from the speakers, make a move for the dance floor. So what if your dance moves are a little rusty! This day is about the newlyweds—no one is looking at you. Grab your date, grab your friend's date or grab the tuxedoed ring bearer and boogie all night. Just remember to take a quick break for cake.

4. Bring a pair of flat sandals to change into. I hate taking my shoes off at a wedding. The thought of walking around barefoot makes me cringe, and I feel more put together when I’m in my heels. I usually dance the night away with my shoes on and spend the whole ride home complaining about my feet. Well last weekend I dug into the bin full of flip flops the bride had left in the bathroom and could not have been happier about my decision. I think I’ll remember to bring my own to the next wedding I attend.

So, how many weddings do you have this summer? What tips do you have for making a great party even better?

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