A wedding is an important part of everyone’s life but sometimes you become a part of someone else’s wedding which is quite exciting but you should be prepared because if anything goes wrong, you’ll probably become the centre of attraction in a bad way. So here are 12 things every guy should be aware of before attending a wedding.
1. Know what the dress code is ahead of time
Knowing the dress code can save you from embarrassment and over- or under-dressing. Imagine showing up to a casual wedding in full-out formal gear or vice versa. The invitation will not specify what the attire should be — make sure to take heed.
2. Know how to tie a bow tie
Knowing how to tie a bow tie is a great skill regardless of whether you’re going to a wedding or not. Click the video above and pay attention.
3. Remember people’s names
Force yourself to remember names. It’s important and it makes people feel special. If you have to, turn it into a game. Get them to say it more than once, spell it out, or say it a couple times in your head so it sticks.
4. Prevent your shoes from slipping all over the place
Slippery formal shoes can also spell disaster, especially when walking down the aisle or working it on the dance floor. To fix this, grab some sandpaper ahead of the event and rub down the soles of your shoes. That should get rid of the issue and allow your toes to get some grip. One word of advice: Make sure you don’t sand too much because you don’t want to destroy the soles of your shoes.
5. Bring a handkerchief
Chances are someone in your vicinity will cry (including yourself). Offer your pocket square in true gentleman style and you’ll be thanked and remembered. It’s also a convenient way to wipe the sweat from your brow if you’re nervous or hot.
6. Know which colors go well together
This one’s pretty self-explanatory, but pay attention to which colors go with which so you’ll look your best. Also don’t be afraid of seersucker or linen during the summer seasons, because it’ll keep you cool and help you stand out from the crowd, too.
7. Know what to do when you don’t know anyone besides your date
If you end up being a plus-one and you only know your date, don’t worry. Chances are you won’t be the only person in the same situation. Get a little liquid courage and strike up a conversation with someone. By doing this you’ll either have a friend for the night or a friend for life. That’s the thing about weddings: The environment is open, full of love, and everyone is there for the same reason— to celebrate the happy couple. This isn’t the time to hug the wall or stay to yourself. Put yourself out there and you’ll end up having much better time than if you had stayed quiet.
TL;DR: Small talk is important AF at weddings. Get good at it.
8. Keep yourself dry
Keeping yourself dry is important, especially if you’re going to be boogying on the dance floor or even outside on a hot day for the actual ceremony. Stress and running into acquaintances can also be a factor when it comes to sweaty body parts. So make sure you’re prepared.
Remember that you will probably be hugging a lot of people and taking a bunch of pictures, too. So save yourself some awkwardness by taking a few extra steps:
* Definitely wear an undershirt.
* Invest in Sweatex pads, if you’re a heavy sweater and don’t want pit stains.
* Stay hydrated.
9. Get your suit tailored
If you’re wearing a suit that you already own, make sure it’s tailored specifically to fit your body. It’s cheaper than buying a new suit and can also make an inexpensive suit look like a million bucks.
10. Rent instead of buy if you’re on a budget
If you don’t want to shell out the extra cash for an actual suit or tux, then consider renting. You won’t have the luxury of tailoring, but you’ll definitely save some dough.
11. Beware of the open bar
You will be remembered if you get wasted at the wedding, and probably not in a good way. So try your best to take it easy on the alcohol and don’t booze too much.
12. And learn how to dance
Whether you want to or not, you will have to dance at a wedding. Don’t be too shy or afraid of “getting down” to miss out on a pivotal part of every wedding. If you really, really have two left feet, then check out this video and practice these five moves — you’ll be movin’ and shakin’ in no time.