Thursday, April 19, 2012

Love: Wedding Etiquette

Wedding season is finally here! Just hours before I board a plane for Detroit (yes, I should be sleeping) it dawned on me that attending a wedding with a significant other and his/her family does come with a few etiquette rules.

As a member of a gigantic family with one family wedding after another, I've seen boyfriends and girlfriends come and go. And the ones who stay? They impress the parents and master the rules.

Since it's my first time in that situation, I thought...what is the etiquette for attending a wedding of your significant other's family?

After careful thought and deliberation, here are the set of rules I plan to follow this weekend. Enjoy!

1. Don't fuss over getting ready or obsess about what you look like. While you definitely want to look nice, you don't want to come off as being high maintenance. And besides, the most important person in the room is the bride, anyways!
2. Be sure to comment on how beautiful the bride and the ceremony are. 
3. While you're at it, compliment your boyfriend's mother's dress - everyone loves a compliment!
4. Meeting family members you haven't met previously? Introduce yourself! Nothing says 'great first impression' like a confident girl.
5. Ask your boyfriend's parents about their love story - how they met, their engagement and their wedding. They'll love to reminisce and you'll be able to learn more about their family.
6. Don't drink too much! Remember, class is key.
7. Mind the PDA. While subtle kissing and hand holding are obviously accepted (hello, it's a wedding!) keep it classy in front of his family.
8. No complaining! If there's something you don't like or aren't impressed with, keep it to yourself. Remember, you're a guest!
9. Don't be afraid to dance! Bring your boyfriend out on the dance floor too - if you took the time to come to the wedding as his date, he'll happily oblige when you ask him to dance!
10. Have fun! Everybody loves a happy girl.

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