Wedding Guest Etiquette Advice

There is quite a bit of etiquette and tradition surrounding weddings, and it is not only meant for the bride and groom. The wedding guests also have their part to play, and if they abide by the rules governing good taste and decorum, the wedding will end up being a more pleasant event for everyone present. These are a few simple things to keep in mind when you are invited to a wedding.

The number one thing that a guest should remember is that it is in fact an honor to be invited to a wedding, not a chore. Nor should a wedding invitation be seen as an attempt at bribery. It is actually an invitation to participate in a very momentous event, no matter what the cynics see. Because of this, wedding invitations should be accepted, unless you have a pressing conflict, such as another wedding on that date, or if you can not afford to travel to a far-flung destination wedding. Dinner at the White House would be a good reason to decline a wedding invitation; an interesting movie being released on the wedding date would not. Either way, do your hosts the courtesy of accepting or declaring the invitation as soon as is practical.

Assuming that you have accepted the invitation, the next thoughts on your mind are likely to be your wedding attire and the wedding gift. Etiquette does hold that a guest has up to a year after the wedding to send a gift, but it is really much better to send it before the wedding while the excitation of the event is at its highest. Contrary to what many people believe, you should not bring a gift to a wedding as you would to a birthday party. The only exception would be if you are bringing a check, which you could discreetly slip to the groom at the reception with a handshake and a heartfelt "Congratulations!".

The dress codes for weddings have relaxed just as they have for everything else, but there are still a few basic principles that it would be wise to obey. The number one rule is that only the bride should wear white. A female guest who wears an all-white ensemble will certainly be the recipient of the shocked stares of people who think she is trying to upstage the bride, even if that is not her intention. An all-black outfit used to be equally taboo, although you do see a quite a bit of black worn at weddings these days. Just save the solid black dress for an evening wedding, please. In general, the female guests should wear pretty dresses with exquisite jewelry to an afternoon wedding, and can break out their fancy cocktail dresses and more elaborate wedding jewelry after 6pm. The men will wear suits during the day (or a blazer and trousers to a semi-formal wedding), and tuxedos or suits in the evening.

Many of the other rules of wedding guest etiquette are the same as …

Self-Defense For Women

Self defense is quite important nowdays with the increasing crime levels. Women are more likely to become victims of abuse and for that reason self defense for women is something anyone should learn.

May women thing self defense include complicated martial arts techniques that require many years of training and practice. In fact there martial arts really help when defense is needed however there are more simpler techniques that can be applied.

Joining a self defense for women class will teach you how to act and react in dangerous situations. You will learn which are the weak points of the attacker and how take advantage of them. Moreover you will learn some specific moves hat can help you push back the attacker and let you escape.

Self defense classes are a great thing. On the other hand there are more things that every woman has to remember. The first thing is to try to avoid potentially dangerous situations and how to react if something bad happens.

Many women put themselves at risk without even realizing it. For example passing to dark areas, being at places where there are no other people are potentially dangerous. Any woman should carefully choose her route and pickup routes that are well lit, open, and in possible, where there are a lot of people. Moreover looking confident all the time can save you as the attackers would rather attack someone who looks scared and unconfident.

If you feel someone is watching you than be alert. Rely on your instinct as it can save you. Attackers usually watch or follow the victim for certain period of time and than attack. If you feel you are watched or followed immediately try to go to a place where many people are.

If you are being attacked try to keep calm. Panic will only make things worse. Moreover if you are attacked fighting back is not always the best choice. Do not forget that the one who attacks is prepared to be attacked too. Always try to escape first.

If you see that the escape is not possible try to turn the situation in your favor. For example if you are being robbed give your money to the robber and than escape. Of course agreeing with the attacker is not always working so in this case you will have to be prepared to fight back.

Being self confident, not losing your temper and knowing some basic self defense techniques are vital. Take action and join a self defense for women class as soon as possible. …