Weddings are stressful. Sure, brides have to worry about planning the wedding and looking perfect for the most documented day of their life, but no one talks about the real victims of the stress that weddings bring to the table – the guests. You think it’s easy going to a wedding every weekend? You actually believe that I enjoy going to open bars every Saturday where I’m hungover and tired all Sunday from tearing up the dance floor to a live cover band? It’s exhausting. And that’s not even the beginning of it.
As Brides Magazine reported, the stresses wedding guests encounter are real. In an industry as large as the wedding business, there’s a trickle-down effect all the way from the bride and groom the guests, whose stresses are much pettier than they probably need to be.
On the female side of things, the study shows that 44 percent of women stress themselves out over what they’re going to wear (which seems low given my experience with plus-ones changing six times over about five minutes before the ceremony). 28 percent of women get anxiety about losing weight beforehand, which is something I think we can all identify with. 28 percent are worried about spending too much money, which is probably driven by finding a new dress to wear so they don’t repeat Instagrams, flight costs, manicures, pedicures, and two nights in a hotel. A quarter of women are also concerned with finding the perfect gift, something I’d imagine most men don’t give two shits about. And finally, 27 percent stress over running into other guests that they dislike (which I assume includes any girl wearing the same dress, because after all, how dare she?).
When it comes to men, there’s still a significant amount of stress but they seem to contain a lot more chill than the fairer sex. With 31 percent worrying about seeing people they don’t like (read: ex-girlfriends or awkward hookups, I assume), 27 percent are worried about what they’re going to wear. As you can imagine, picking between your grey suit, blue suit, and tuxedo is an arduous decision that weighs heavily on our minds day in and day out leading up to the big day. 29 percent of men concern themselves with spending too much money, but that’s probably a product of wondering whether the bar will be open or not.
Of course, all of these stresses seem trivial. But if you think anyone wants to look like shit once that wedding hashtag is clicked on Instagram, you’ve got another thing coming. .