How to Decide Which Weddings Make the Cut This Season

Etiquette, Planning Tips
How to Decide Which Weddings Make the Cut This Season

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Raquel Kelley, E! Fashion Police producer and the creative force behind the wedding blog, I Guess I Do, reveals how to decide which nuptials you should RSVP "yes" to this wedding season.

Is your fridge plastered with magnets, love soliloquies, andsave-the-dates yet? It is summer, so my guess is that it is most likely reaching its maximum capacity.

Every other day it seems like there is another invite for a baby shower, bachelorette party, or wedding to attend. But all of these shindigs may lead to issues with prior commitments, cost, and awkwardly conjuring up excuses on how to back out.

So, with all of these upcoming events, who makes the cut?

Prioritizing Gets the Prize
First things first, take a look at all of your invites. You can even spread them out on your kitchen table a la NCAA Bracket style. Hey, you're buying them a blender; you can at least have a little fun with it!

Ask yourself the question, "Will I be talking to this person in 10 years?" Anyone who gets a "Yes," should go to the top of the list and the rest are filtered below. You will now have a visual of how the upcoming events rank in matter of importance to you. Then comes a little thing called cost...

Who to Go the Distance With
If your best friend is getting married in Anguilla, then this pricey trip may mean you have to back out of other weddings that require travel as well this year. You aren't going to be able to make everything, and that is completely okay. It's great to celebrate other's happiness, but you shouldn't have to go bankrupt in order to do so.

Be honest with yourself and more importantly with your bank account. If you splurge on attending a destination wedding, then you may not be able to make the trip out for the bachelorette party or the shower. And if this person is truly your friend, they will understand. Lastly, what if you are forced to choose?

Ain't Nobody Got Time to be Double-Booked
Uh, oh — Your friend's wedding falls on the same day as your family reunion. If you are in it then that makes your choice a little easier. Maybe you can swing both if they are in the same city. If not, whatever you decide, make sure to decide it early.

Nothing is more infuriating than a late RSVP or none at all. Hell hath no fury like a bride scorned. Whatever your decision may be, make sure all parties involved know sooner rather than later.

It's actually a lot like the show The Bachelorette. Only a couple events will get roses, and your ultimate prize is a hot date with some wedding cake. Coming from the girl who ate two cupcakes and seven spice cake pops at a wedding last weekend, I'm obviously not complaining!

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