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How Much Do You Know About Wedding Etiquette? Test Yourself with This Quiz
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Let’s be real for a moment, shall we? Summer is barreling toward us faster than a Kathy Griffin apology. In your late teens and early twenties, summer is the time to plan Instagrammable vacations, shop for clothes that make you feel (keyword: feel) like Rihanna, and dabble in a fling or two.
Cut to your mid to late twenties and early thirties, and you may still do all of the above with one addition: participation in wedding season.
For those wondering What the hell is wedding season?, congratulations, you’ve managed to make it this far without having to awkwardly decline multiple invitations. I’ll provide the Cliffs Notes: According to wedding experts, June through October are the most popular months for getting hitched. Given that information and where we are in the year, you likely have at least one wedding on your calendar, or one invite making its way to your mailbox (shout out to the procrastinators who scoff at Save the Date cards).
Although weddings can be a joyous occasion, they can also be an expensive undertaking for both the happy couple and for guests. According to The Knot, the average cost of a wedding in 2016 was $35,329. That’s actually an eight percent increase from 2015. Perhaps it’s just me, but when someone invites you to a party that costs as much as a food truck, you feel inclined to bring your wardrobe and gift-giving A-game. Factor in travel costs, and there's a lot of potential to blow your budget. So sometimes it pays to know when to decline a wedding invite (here's some great advice on how to know when that's a good idea).
Needless to say, there are a lot of details when it comes to wedding season. How well do you know them? Test your knowledge with this quiz: