Weddings are one of the most well celebrated occasions in a person’s life. There is a different joy and smile that it puts in our faces and hearts when we received an invitation. We for one, are always feeling that way.
But, at one point or another, your invitation may only say that you are invited in the reception only and not witness the exchange of “I do’s”.
Ellen Stewart has listed some honest truth about being an evening guest in a wedding. Let us find out more.
- You seriously consider sacking it off. Alright, alright – you understand there simply wasn’t enough space in the church to accommodate little insignificant you. But buying a new frock, getting a train and spending a night in a Travel Lodge for the evening do of your boyfriend’s brother’s ex wife’s daughter’s wedding isn’t the most appealing of plans. Plus it means booking a day’s holiday off work. Urrrgggghhh! You were totally gonna use that to catch up with Game Of Thrones.
- Your social anxiety levels are at an all time high. So you decide to go, cue panic attack. Let’s face it, the most probable reason you’re a mere evening guest is because you know less than 2% of the congregation. If you knew all these people properly you’d have been an attendee at the actual day time wedding bit. Making new friends for one night only, brilliant.
- But on the plus side it’s easier to dress for the occasion. The main upside to the evening guest situ is you don’t have to worry about whether your shoes are suitable for both day and night, or if your dress is too short for church. You can wear a shitload of eyeliner, safe in the knowledge it’s not “too much”.
- You prop up the bar. The only way to deal with this scenario is to get blind drunk. Especially if the booze is free. If Deborah and Greg didn’t want to share their magical ceremony with you, that are fine… You’ll just drink them dry.
- A gift? Are you kidding me? You don’t even know the bride. You hover in the cookware section of BHS weighing up whether you should buy a wedding present or not (they were
cheekykind enough to send you a list, after all). It takes you approximately 30 seconds to make up your mind. And it’s a no.
Have you ever been invited on a wedding for the reception only? What did you think about it?