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I'm going to a friend's wedding, any wedding basic 101?

So I'm never one of those girls obsessed with weddings nor have I ever attended one. But, I will be this time. The schedule is 4:30- guest arriving, 5:00 - wedding, 6:00 - dinner. I've got a flight (booked before I knew about the wedding) where I will arrive at 3:00, and it's 1hr 50min drive to the wedding location. I've managed to figure out what I will wear, and they have a registry so I'll contribute to that.


Are there anything I should do pre-wedding? any wedding ettiquette I should observe? any post wedding whatever? tips?


I dunno, I thought I'd just buy a gift, drop it off and eat, and done...except it seems to be more fancy/complicated than that and I'm friends with both person so I don't wanna end up doing something stupid/awkward.

Re: I'm going to a friend's wedding, any wedding basic 101?

Oooooo....I love this dress!  You can't go wrong with this one or the polka dot one.  If you are worried about cleavage, wear a silk camisole underneath. It is okay to show a little cleavage at a wedding, just don't show it ALL!!!!


I do agree that a wedding gift is for both, even though guys don't get real excited about towels or kitchen utensils, but girls can use tool sets   I love the clutch idea for the bride especially for her honeymoon.  Let her know she needs to open it to take it with her or she might not get it until she gets back.


A butterfly garden sounds so cool, but it will probably be humid.  Grab your blotting papers and wear whatever makeup is "normal" for you.  Bright metallic shadows covering the whole lid might be a little much. But if that's your norm, go ahead.  Have fun!

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I think @wingatprsct and I are about the same age and level of thinking Smiley Happy. That black and white dress is beautiful and if you like it, go for it. The other dress definitely doesn't show too much cleavage unless your fit is really different. 


I agree, make sure you tell the bride to open her gift before she goes. You might even add more practical things. A nail file, bandaids, moleskin for blisters, inexpensive, short bladed scissors, mini clear nail polish if you have some around, a small thing of mints, a mini antibacterial hand gel or some wipes, etc. If I thought more I'd have more ideas, so send a note if you want more thoughts. But I'll say with all of my travels, scissors that you don't care about and can afford to ruin or lose are one of the best things to pack. Oh,vans those bandaids and maybe a small thing of pain killers. 


Sorry, I got off track here. I think whatever makeup you wear will be fine and so will that gorgeous black and white dress or the polkadot one. It sounds low key and I hope you have fun.

Re: I'm going to a friend's wedding, any wedding basic 101?

Well, it seems I've gained a bit weight since last time I wore the polka dot so it fills out and is not as revealing *cough*. I won't have a problem pairing things with the b/w dress. However! I just discovered my polka dot dress have pockets! which means I won't need a bag when I'm walking/standing/dancing around!


So, I'm gonna go with polka dot dress, gold/clear bangle, those bronze sandals (maybe a white shrug). As for makeup, aside from mascara and some mattifying products, I'm thinking of Dior Addict lipstick in Lucky and this vanilla/green eyeshadow set. Does it look like it will go with the dress?


If the green is too much I can always go with a more neutral eye (shimmer brown shadow + black eyeliner) like this (not my pic):


Re: I'm going to a friend's wedding, any wedding basic 101?

I think green shadow and Lucky lips would be very pretty since the dress is fairly neutral in color.  It will add some color.   I love a dress with pockets!  They're even making wedding gowns with pockets now....who'dathunkit!

Re: I'm going to a friend's wedding, any wedding basic 101?

I have to agree with wingatprsct.  The shadow & lips would be great with that dress.  And you gotta love a cute dress with pockets! Smiley Very Happy

Re: I'm going to a friend's wedding, any wedding basic 101?

I know! It's hard to find dresses with cute pockets. I don't understand the design of formal/evening wears. If it's summer, then the guys must be sweating to death under all that layers. If it's winter, then us ladies are frozen solid. I understand that purses are kind of implied, but if you don't want to carry one then you are reduced to....come with a guy and stuff all your things in his pockets?


Anyways, ok, everything all set. If anyone's interested, the travel kit I prepared for my bride friend is a multi-compartment clutch. You have the primping pocket (hair elastics, hair clip, eyeglasses clothe wipe, compact mirror, mini of: perfume rollerball, mascara, eyeliner, tinted lip balm), and fresh&clean pocket (foamy hand sanitizer, stain remover, hand lotion, floss, mini one use tooth brush, band-aid, flashlight/bottle opener keychain, 2 sample packet of face/body SPF, Dragon Tiger Balm). I'm not sure how TSA feels about sharp metal things so no scissor, clip or needles. So, that's that.


Ok, I'm done. Thank you ladies!

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