(Closed) A smelly problem…

posted 6 years ago in Etiquette
Post # 3
1830 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: January 2013

I would suggest they shower the night before the wedding to save time the day of the wedding. 😉 This way your saying shower within 24 hours of the wedding!

Post # 6
8471 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2012

Just curious as to the reason your parents only bathe once a week? How old are they? 

Post # 7
4192 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: July 2012 - Baltimore Museum of Industry

As possibly hurtful as it is, I think you need to be direct with them. “Mom, Dad, I don’t mean for this to hurt you, but you really need to bathe more often.” Short and simple. Yes, they may be offended, but I think most people would want someone to tell them!

Post # 9
6355 posts
Bee Keeper

I have to admit I recently read an article in a trashy gossip rag that Angelina Jolie is the exact same way. She looks pretty cleaned up on the red carpet though (I mean she might still smell horrible but I doubt it because she looks like she recently bathed.) Maybe your parents are the same… know how to clean up well for the big events? Any similar past events you can think of them having attended?

Post # 10
428 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

I’m sorry but that’s pretty funny. I hope you get it figured out! You might also want to treat your parents to a spa day before the wedding where you know it will involve showers, maybe steam rooms or hot tubs, and sweet scented lotions. 

Post # 13
1855 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

Any way you can take a family bonding trip to a local YMCA or place with a swimming pool or hot tub?  That way they would at least be chlorinated…

Post # 14
25 posts
  • Wedding: June 2013

Just some suggestions:  you can buy them soaps/shower gels/perfume/cologne as holiday gifts (I was just at Bath and Body Works and they gave some great stuff out for the holidays already), or treat them to a spa treatments (some spas have saunas, steam baths, or steam showers that you can use as part of whatever spa treatment you’re getting, even if you’re getting one small treatment).

Are you/your parents staying at a hotel or anywhere else on the eve of your wedding?  Maybe they would be more apt to shower there!   


Post # 16
1021 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

I think you can be direct and still be polite. Tiptoeing around the issue might be less awkward, but if they catch on they’ll be more offended. Just lay it out: Mom and Dad, I know you prefer to not shower daily but it would mean a lot to me if you thoroughly washed up before the wedding. Then ask if they’d like to be treated to a spa day or something before the wedding. But just be honest with them. That’s the best way to show respect and get your point across.

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