Thursday, December 31, 2015

7 Tips for Meeting Your Future In-Laws

It doesn’t matter if you’ve met your boyfriend’s/girlfriend’s family a thousand times, this time you’re engaged! It’s a whole different ball game! And trust me, no one wants what occurred in the movie Meet the Parents to happen to them. So score big with your future-in-laws by following these 7 tips.

Dress to Impress

Gentlemen, please don’t show up with tattered, torn jeans, concert t-shirts, etc. Ladies, no miniskirts, sweat pants, or skin-tight articles of clothing. This is the time you really want to impress each other’s family members. And ladies, be sure your nails are looking great. Get yourself a manicure to really show off that sparkly ring. Trust me, you’ll be happy you did when everybody asks to see the rock your man picked out for you.

Be Nice and Polite

This is the time your manners and all of your mama’s teachings need to shine. Don’t reply back to questions with “yup” or “yeah”. This time is all about saying “yes”, “please”, and “thank you.”  And if you’re from the South, it can’t hurt to add in a ma’am or a sir after an answer! Your future in-laws might not remember everything you said throughout the night but they will remember how polite you were, so make it count!

Remember the Little Stuff

Don’t walk into your future in-laws house unprepared! You need to do some homework and really take the time to learn what each family member likes to talk about, their pet peeves, and something you might have in common with them. Also, ask your significant other what your parents didn’t like about your ex. It will help prepare you so you don’t feel like you’re walking into a lion’s den.

The Name Issue

One of the toughest obstacles to overcome after you get engaged is what you should call your in-laws. The best way to beat it is to simply ask what they would prefer to be called. Although this might feel awkward, it’s one of the surest ways you can prevent a grimace from crossing their face.

Show Interest and Enthusiasm

Everyone loves when someone is attentive and enthusiastic, so be sure to be just that when you’re talking to your future in-laws. Nothing shows greater disrespect then looking uninterested, tapping your foot, looking around the room, etc. So sit up, make eye contact, lean forward, and nod when it’s appropriate.

Be Nice

It doesn’t matter who they are, how you meet them, what they do, or where they live, be nice to everyone you may encounter. How you act towards other people (even animals) is how your future in-laws will perceive you to really be “behind the scenes.”

Don’t be Fake

Although we suggested you be nice and use your manners, one of the most important things to remember is to not be fake. People can spot fakers from a mile away, and you, my friend, do not want to be labeled as one. Be yourself and be friendly. Besides, people love when a person gives a warm, genuine smile.

And last but certainly not least, breathe. The more uptight and anxious you become, the more tense the situation will be. You’ll do just fine, we promise! For more helpful tips and tricks, be sure to keep up with Inspherio. We’re your headquarters for all things wedding!  

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