This weekend begins my 2015 wedding season! My friend Katie from high school is getting married at The Smithville Inn in South Jersey. (Its great for me because the inn is down the street from my mom’s house. Win!) I can’t wait to be around a few of my closest girlfriends from high school and reminisce about all the silly things we used to do. Since this is my first full wedding season, I’ve decided to share what I have learned so far and how to celebrate your friends special days:
Bring Out Your Inner Nerd and Make a Check List: I’m going to three weddings, missed one bridal shower, going to two bridal showers and a bachelorette party. That’s a mouthful. All of the wedding invitations and a save the date came within one week in the mail and I knew I was in over my head. I decided to make a checklist on Google Drive with Scott so we could keep track of each wedding. I was able to check off what we bought, when we sent the invitation and write out the reception venue/where we were sleeping.
Gifts: I missed Katie’s bridal shower because it was the same weekend as Passover & Easter. Of course I sent her a text explaining my absence and of course she understood! I wanted to still be a part of the shower so I sent her these mrs studs from Kate Spade. (Which was greatly appreciated.) For my next bridal shower, I read from The Knot “There does not have to be a certain amount of money spent on a gift, but a gift should be brought to the shower.” Myself and another girlfriend traveling to the same shower opted to buy one big present for the bride and split it. Thank goodness for wedding registries because its totally acceptable to buy a bridal shower gift from what the couple has already registered for.
Outfits: Ah, what to wear. Another one of my favorite games. For bridal showers, my advice is to go with wearing a dress or pants with a blouse. Chances are the bride’s family is going to be present and you will always want to look presentable in front of family. Especially if you are meeting them for the first time. For weddings, take a look at what is specified on the invitation.
I hope this helped a little! For any of my readers who already have a few weddings under their belts, please feel free to share with me your tips!