I thought I’d share some helpful information with you (for free) in hopes that I may spare you some embarrassment the next time you are traveling back home from a wedding weekend.
It was the morning after the wedding. I had slept maybe 8 hours over the course of 72, so you could say I was tired. Fortunately, thanks to 97 bobby-pins and 2 cans of AquaNet hairspray, my hair had maintained it’s wedding-day-do with sheer perfection. Now typically, I dress up when I travel (because you never know who you’ll meet) but considering I had sported a bridesmaids dress and horrible heels for hours the night before, I decided to sport sweats for the four hour drive to Washington DC where I could catch my first of two, three hour flights. Needless to say… I looked awesome. (*I really hope you picked up the sarcasm)
Now I did not catch the bridal bouquet at the reception, but I still had my bridesmaids’ bouquet in tow. It was a beautiful arrangement and I thought perhaps I would take it home, dry it out, and …. do something with it. I really hated the idea of wasting such beautiful expensive flowers and I didn’t want to ruin them by shoving them in my carry-on.
Needless to say, I think I made quite the scene as I traipsed through Reagan International Airport. Hair done like I was going to prom, sweats on like I had come from the gym, and flowers in hand like I had come straight from the presidential garden. Looking back, I realize that this particular fashion decision screamed just one thing: DESPERATE.
How do I know this? Well, all the head-turning gave me the initial impression that I was making an unintentional scene. But I really felt like I stood out when all the flight attendants asked if I had just gotten married. Now, this is an offensive and odd question for two, very obvious reasons: (1) I did not have a rock ring on my finger, and (2) I was not being followed by a man. I would have been traveling to my honeymoon destination… alone. Bummer.
But the more common question was (painfully), “So, were you in a wedding?” (*asked only by men… just saying.)
“No, I’m coming from a floral arrangement course taught by Martha Stuart.”
So, do yourself a favor, when traveling home from a wedding, don’t make it obvious that you are (a) coming from a wedding and (b) still single after coming from a wedding.
A little helpful hint from yours truly.