Between the mild temperatures and beautiful changing foliage, it's no wonder that the autumn months are so favored for weddings. While we all love to celebrate love with friends and family, there's no denying that a calendar booked solid with wedding commitments can feel a bit overwhelming. Making travel plans, choosing the appropriate outfit, finding a date, buying a gift - your to-do list can go on and on. But weddings are occasions for joy, not stress, so we've put together a survival guide to get you through wedding season with your sanity intact.
The number one thing you can do to avoid stress during wedding season, and in life, is to resist the temptation to push off all the little tasks that you dread doing. You may think you have plenty of time to book a hotel room or pick up a present, but before you know it the day will be here and you could be left scrambling. Do your future self a favor and knock out those chores far in advance so that you can look forward to the big day with excitement rather than panic! And be sure to do the happy couple a favor and RSVP ASAP so they can plan ahead too.
The weather can be unpredictable at this time of year. A day that began hot and sunny can turn chilly without warning. Dress in layers if you can, and keep a basic sweater or jacket that can be thrown on over any outfit handy to ensure that you don't get fooled by Mother Nature. If you're wearing heels and the wedding is an all-day event, bring along a pair of comfy flats for the reception to spare yourself from blisters and aches. Most importantly, make sure your outfit is picked out and ready to go the night before the event. There's nothing worse than arriving late because of a wardrobe malfunction. Be sure you have your Jiffy ESTEAM on hand to prep your outfit so it's fresh and wrinkle-free. You can't be the best dressed guest if you show up in crumpled clothing! Plus it's gentle on fabrics, so you can re-wear your look to multiple ceremonies without causing damage.
Save Money Where You Can
Of course celebrating your loved ones' most important day is worth the cost, but that doesn't mean that all those little expenses can't put stress on your monthly budget. If the wedding requires you to travel, consider alternatives to a hotel. Maybe you can split the cost of an Airbnb with a couple other guests. You can almost always find a place in your destination that is priced lower than the local hotels. And on the topic of cost-sharing, it may be a good idea to go in on a gift with a group. This way you'll all be able to get the couple their dream gift without anyone breaking the bank. Finally, if the wedding dress code is black-tie and you don't want to drop a bunch of money on a formal gown, try renting! Sites like Rent the Runwaymake it possible to rock a designer look at a fraction of the cost of purchasing a dress.
Enjoy the Moment
Most importantly, remember to live in the present and appreciate the moment! Sure, after a few weekends of weddings the details may start to blur together. But you can only share this special experience with each happy couple one time. So don't forget to enjoy it and appreciate the efforts that they have made to show their guests a good time. Once you arrive, leave your cares at the door and just eat, drink, and be merry. These are moments to cherish for life!
Now that you're ready to survive the entire wedding season unscathed, it's time to make sure you have the perfect gift for the new Mr. and Mrs! Once you have all these bases covered, it's finally time to relax and enjoy those free cocktails with friends and family. And, of course, don't forget to say "Congratulations" to the happy couple!