It’s here… wedding season in Utah (and other places I would imagine) has crept up and shown itself in all its glory through countless invitations to bridal showers, bachelorette parties, and weddings to fill our weekends for the next three months. I know a lot of people dread this time of year, but it doesn’t have to be bad! I want to share with you guys the buzz on some great gift ides, shops for your dresses and ties, and conversation starters to ease some of that small talk tension.
I don’t know how many times I can express this, but I LOVE to shop. So wedding season is always great for me because it’s a great excuse for a new outfit. Whether you want something chic and sophisticated, floral and fun, or anything in between, here are some of my favorite dresses for all your wedding guest needs:
Okay I know what you’re thinking- “that’s why people have registries!”- but there’s a lot more that can go into gifts this time of year than grabbing something from the couple’s registry.
Sometimes a couple’s registry items are pricey! I’m a college student so sometimes spending over $100 on one wedding gift can be a stretch. So here’s my advice- get a group of friends and go in on it together. If you know two of your other girl friends are going to the same wedding or shower, pick your favorite thing on the registry and work that venmo magic! That way the lucky couple gets something they wanted rather than each of you getting a cheaper gift that wasn’t on the registry, AND you get to save a little money.
And the same goes for bridal shower and bachelorette party gifts! Yay for giving great gifts!
Another quick tip for gifting- if you’re in the wedding party or a family member of the bride or groom, getting a non-traditional gift can be super fun! My boyfriend and I were both in a wedding recently and paid for a wedding videographer as our gift and it so great, and something the bride and groom didn’t even plan on having originally. So if you’re super close with the bride and groom, maybe think outside the box and go in with a friend on a special gift.
I mean, honestly, how many times can you say, “How are you?!” in one day?! Here’s some conversation alternatives…
- “Have you started anything new recently?”–I’m a fan of this one because it opens the conversation to a lot of possibilities like jobs, hobbies, a new home or trip they’ve been on.
- If it’s someone you’re meeting for the first time, try asking “What keeps you busy?” instead of “What do you do for work?” Sometimes people aren’t working or they’re a student or countless other things that can make the fairly specific job question a little uncomfortable, so sticking with what keeps them busy might give them more room to answer.
- Seeing someone you didn’t want to? Yeah, been there! If you’re getting stuck standing next to your ex or someone you had a falling out with, keep it brief. For me, the easiest way to keep the conversation pleasant and comfortable is staying on a topic you know you have in common- the wedding you’re at!! “How beautiful was that ceremony?” or “Did you try the cake yet? It looks great!” Yes, it seems so lame, but it can be better than “Hey how have you been (since we got in that fight and haven’t talked in 4 months) ?” And also, a quick small talk question can give you a chance to wrap things up quickly and not hear about how their cat died or something awful.
Now get out there, grab a date (and a drink!) and have a good time at all this spring’s weddings!