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Wedding Guest Essentials

Being a wedding guest isn’t always a cake walk. Between transportation, housing, and attire, there are a number of boxes to check off before you even arrive at the event. And what’s worse than realizing that you forgot something? To help us all get through wedding season in one piece, here’s your wedding guest checklist.

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{My favorite luggage – Longchamp Le Pliage Nylon Expandable Travel Bag}

First things first…

  • Check the dress code
  • Then check the dress code again
  • Still not convinced you know what to wear? Reach out and ask another guest or the bride/groom. They’ll appreciate it in the long run, even if they’re busy.

Rehearsal dinner outfit – Be sure to take into account the weather, venue & dress code. Always better to be on the dressier side if you’re not sure.

Toiletries – I’ve got you covered with a full toiletries packing How To here.

Downtime outfit(s) – I have a terrible habit of packing for events and forgetting that I’ll be killing time in between. Check out where you’re staying and what you’d like to do and pack accordingly. I like to workout when I can and hit the hotel pool if there is one.

Wedding outfit – Same as the rehearsal dinner, take into account the temperature, time of day, dress code, and venue. You don’t want to wear spiked heels on grass, you don’t want excessive cleavage in a church etc. Check out my MCLV How To: Wedding Attire post for some dress code decoding. 🙂

Accessories – I always bring a wrap and a cropped jacket or cardigan for Spring/Summer weddings. If there’s a temperature shift at night or if you feel under dressed, that’s a great way to cover up a bit. I also like to pack a back-up pair of shoes just in case. Plus sun glasses for daytime events!

Invitation – I’m a huge fan of bringing the invitation with me. You’ll have the times, website information, location, and dress code all in one place. Never a bad thing!

Extras – Creating a little “emergency kit” is a great idea for wedding season. These are things that it’s always good to have, even if you don’t need them, someone else might.

What do YOU make sure to pack when you’re traveling for a wedding?

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Guest Etiquette: Great Guest Tips

Guest etiquette, like most etiquette, seems to have taken a hit in recent years.

While I truly believe these suggestions are best utilized year-around, I thought that timing this post near the holidays would be a good reminder for everyone as they head into the season of cocktail soirees, tree lightings, and cooking-making parties.

Don’t Show Up Empty Handed

I don’t care if you’re going to your neighbor’s house for a quick eggnog tasting or a cocktail party – You should always bring something for your host.

It doesn’t have to be expensive or over-the-top, just a little something to say that you appreciate the invitation.

Some of my go-to’s are wine, a great wine opener, flowers or a small potted plant, homemade desserts, or something great for the kitchen like artisanal salts or speciality herbs.

Note: Don’t bring something that requires your host to stop everything that they’re doing. If you wrap a gift, leave it with them to open when they have time rather than as they’re trying to juggle a million things.

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{Uber chic Kate Spade stationary is a great way to say Thank You!}

Communicate In Advance

Do you have a food allergy? Are you bringing your child? Plan to be late? Communicate any and all deviations to your host in advance.

For someone like with me who has a complicated diet, I usually explain my allergies and immediately offer to bring something that’s Caity-friendly. A salad for dinner is no problem for me {I usually eat before parties/events for that very reason} but I’ve discovered that hosts fear I’ll starve so I offer to bring dessert or a side to share.

Say Thank you

A Thank You note is a non-negotiable. Not only does everyone LOVE receiving mail, but your host will really appreciate that you took the time to write a card after all the time & energy they spent putting the event together.

I keep pretty notes in my desk drawer at the office to send after weekend events. Some of my favorites are Crane & Co. and Kate Spade New York.

Curious about my views on other kinds of etiquette? Check out past posts on this: Work, Travel, Gym & Salon.

What’s YOUR top guest tip?

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