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We’ve been planning our dream weddings since we were five years old. So it’s no surprise that we can’t get enough of Lover.ly, a wedding inspiration site that lets you search through pics of swoon-worthy gowns, bouquets, and everything else you need for the big day. Once a week, the ladies behind Lover.ly will be sharing their best tips for getting through the craziness of the season—whether you’re standing at the altar or enjoying a view of it from the audience.
So you’ve been invited to a wedding as a guest, but you’re not close to the marrying couple. What to do? As a plus one, there are a few things you need to know. First things first: Now is not the time to stand out from the crowd in your favorite white dress (or by showing off your awesome twerking skills). Read on to find out how to be a perfect date.
If you RSVP yes, show up. This may seem like a no-brainer, but thanks to our laid-back culture, plenty of guests RSVP to weddings without any intention of showing up. Don't be the person the couple forever remembers as the "unknown" plus one who couldn't be bothered to attend.
Know the dress code and stick to it. Attending a formal wedding in Sonoma? Don't wear the same cocktail dress you wore to the bar last night. Ask your date about the dress code well in advance of the big day and pick out something stylish yet appropriate.
Congratulate the newlyweds. If the couple has a receiving line, participate with your date. Offer your congratulations and thank the couple for having you at their wedding. If they skip that tradition, make a point of meeting them during the reception, shaking hands, and offering good wishes. They’ll appreciate the gesture!
Stay until the cake has been cut. You don't have to dance the night away, but plan on staying at the reception until the wedding cake has been cut (who'd want to skip that anyway?) and remember to say goodbye to the newlyweds before heading out the door.
Dance, mingle and have fun! Just because you're a plus one, doesn't mean you can't have fun at the wedding. In fact, getting out on the dance floor and enjoying the festivities is the best way to be a good wedding guest. As long as you don't get too sloshed, the marrying couple will appreciate your energy.
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