- 5 years ago
- Wedding: October 2012
I’ve been seeing a lot of posts regarding what is considered appropriate (or not appropriate), what is commonplace, what to expect, etc in social circles where weddings are concerned. It got me thinking about things that are different to me, just in living on the opposite side of the country from where I grew up. (I was born in Michigan and lived there until I was 21; I currently live in Las Vegas, NV) This doesn’t necessarily have to be wedding related, either.
So I’m curious, Bees… for those of you who don’t live in the same state of your birth, and/or lived in a specific state throughout your teenage and beginning-adulthood years, what do you see differently than you were “used to”?
1) Foods: When I moved to NV and we were preparing for Thanksgiving, people looked at me like I had three heads when I mentioned green bean casserole. So many people had never heard of it.
2) Centerpieces: It was widely accepted/traditional that centerpieces (weddings, baby showers, etc) were either “raffled” off, or they were open-season and people would take them home. One of the last weddings I attended back in MI, there were small glass bowls with a single goldfish in them, and white/blue river rocks. Guests were encouraged to take them home. Most families with little ones did just that. 🙂
3) Gifting: We were raised to never go to anyone’s function empty handed – whether something small like a birthday party at someone’s home, or big like a wedding. If I ever went to a gifting-type occasion WITHOUT something for the honored guest or host; I would be embarassed as all get out.
This is not to say that anyone is wrong in their thought processes, or right either. I just find it interesting what people were raised with. Feel free to expand on the thought process as well and add other situations or items. I’d love to read others thoughts on this!