Here comes the bride, all dressed in white, or pink, or blue, or — you get the idea. Weddings, these days, are far from the cookie-cutter functions of the past. They can be hard to navigate, and no one really knows what to expect. From what to wear to what to buy as a gift to where to hold your reception, something as universally common as a wedding day can be pretty confusing.
Even for the brides and grooms, this crazy road will be nothing short of a stressful experience. People may highlight how awesome it is to go cake-tasting, but the headache of planning seating arrangements definitely gets less attention.
For the guests, sometimes celebrating someone else’s relationship milestone can be a journey in and of itself. Some couples will whisk you off to a remote island to say their “I dos,” while others prefer an intimate City Hall affair. Both are special in their own right, but they also involve different kinds of planning for guests.
A great testament to true friendship is being invited to a loved one’s wedding, but that feeling of butterflies after opening your save-the-date may dissipate somewhat as you consider the expensive road ahead of you. If money is tight, finding something suitable on that registry (not to mention an appropriate, affordable, and fashion-forward ensemble) can be difficult.
Throw in the sought-after role of being in the wedding party, and a full-on panic attack can ensue. If planning both the bachelorette party and the bridal shower are on your to-do list, along with writing the Maid of Honor speech and keeping track of the couple's rings, it’s amazing that you aren’t breaking out in hives every day leading up to the event. But, remember, this is your best friend or cherished family member’s wedding. You were chosen to share this crazy ride with them and to stand up there in support for a reason. So, while you’ve got their backs, here at Refinery29, we’ve got yours.
Before you show up to someone's (or your own!) special day, you may still have a few questions, like what is modern wedding etiquette, or where can you buy that unique engagement ring? Don’t worry. We’re here to help. Once the question’s been popped, just head here for all your wedding-day needs.