The season is upon us. There are a few moves that will help you as well as a few that will hurt you. Check it out…
The summer wedding is something that every guy encounters, especially in his late 20’s and early 30’s (so many weddings!). Attending weddings can be extremely fun or extremely boring, depending on factors such as who’s wedding you’re attending, who else will be there and where the wedding is located. These are also factors that should be taken into consideration when planning your attire for said weddings. We want to share with you some of our do’s and don’ts. Let’s start with the don’ts as they’re more important.
Peacock: If you’re going to a good friend’s wedding, it’s completely inappropriate to wear something attention grabbing. Stick to the basics by wearing a darker shaded suit. If it’s a outdoor wedding, lighter colors are fine, but keep the bold moves to a minimum. If your clothes fit properly, you’re going to look good. Let that be enough. Also, if you wear that one suit that’s very tight but looks great, you’re going to be uncomfortable by the end of the night and you won’t be able to properly dance.
Make Assumptions: Sure, the wedding is happening on the beach, but are you absolutely positive that they’re going to be cool with you rolling up your pant legs and not wearing a jacket? It’s easy to travel with at least one option of an appropriate jacket and shoes. Bring them for safety and find out once you arrive whether it’s cool to leave them in the room or not.
Over-consume: Weddings are a great time to let loose and have a few drinks. Yet just because there’s an open bar doesn’t mean you need to drink like prohibition starts tomorrow. Let yourself have fun with a few drinks, but once you pass the point of buzzed and enter the point of drunk, switch to sparkling water. The bubbles will quench your thirst like beer but you’ll actually be avoiding a terrible hangover.
Hook Up: No matter how many Jack & Cokes you’ve had, it’s never a good idea to hook up with someone you meet at a wedding. I know Owen Wilson and Vince Vaughn made it look like a blast, but it’s only going to lead to awkwardness and hurt feelings. (Unless of course you really like the person, then it’s not just a hook up.)
Bring Options: It’s easy to pack a certain outfit and bank on it for each day of your trip. This becomes difficult once you find out that your buddy brought the exact same shirt and tie combo. Throw an extra shirt and tie in your bag just to be safe. Also, bring a couple of different pairs of slacks. If you don’t, it’ll suck when you find out that you’re dressed exactly like the groomsmen…except you’re not a groomsman.
Be Subtle: It’s a rewarding feeling when someone notices a minor touch in your outfit. Feel free to accessorize, just be sure to stick within the confines of the classics. For example, wear a subtle pocket square or a tie bar. Throw a bracelet on the wrist opposite from your watch. Small moves like this will take an otherwise basic outfit to the next level without stealing attention from the people getting married.
Be Social: If it’s a group of people you don’t know or rarely see, step outside of your comfort zone and be extra social. Ask people about their lives. Find out something about family members that you didn’t already know. They’ll appreciate your extra effort and it’ll make you feel good. It’ll also help to pass the time.
Dance: It doesn’t matter if you’re the world’s worst dancer. Weddings are a perfect opportunity for anyone and everyone to strut their stuff on the dance floor. Blame it on the alcohol, whatever makes you most comfortable to get out there and bust a move. Letting loose will make everything more fun.
Overall, weddings should be fun. People go wrong when they make it too much about themselves getting wasted or being the center of attention. Celebrate the newlyweds, have a few drinks and dance your face off. That’s the formula for wedding success.