Meeting your prospective in-laws and impressing them in the first meeting can be a daunting task. As they say, you don’t marry a person, you marry their entire family. And every family is weird in their own ways, particularly the in-laws. So getting to know your in-laws require a lot of patience on your part and you have to be at the top of your game to avoid disapproving looks.
These top 5 rules work like wonder to dazzle your future family in the first meeting.
1. Research well, research more
You don’t walk into a meeting at your job without knowing enough about the attendees, do you? The same rule applies to your future in-laws as well. Knowing about their hobbies and aversions, including what they thought about your partner’s ex, will help you make a great impression.
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2. Dress to impress
Leave your street-smart style at home. Don’t go for high fashion either. We are all for looking chic and fashionable, but when it comes to meeting your future family you should opt for sophisticated yet toned-down and timeless fashion. Make sure your hair is clean and you smell nice. Looking and feeling confident is the key here.
3. Wear a friendly smile
No matter how intimated you feel inside, wearing a friendly (but not too much) smile can help you come out of the meeting as a winner. Be polite and attentive, show kindness, praise whatever homemade meal they serve you and mind your manners, because after all it’s about the family of the person you love. Make sure to show them your best behaviour.
4. Bring a small, but thoughtful, gift
Bringing a small token of appreciation for your in-laws is a great way to show you care. It doesn’t have to be something extravagant. If your future father-in-law likes Cognac, bringing a bottle often does the trick. If your mother-in-law likes to read, bringing her a book is the best choice. But if you are feeling a little crafty, go for a DIY decor piece or bake your best cake recipe for them. It’s the best way to show that you care.
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Finally, remind yourself that they are not the in-laws from hell. Of course meeting them is a big deal and you have done your part to make sure everything goes fine in this department. But also remind yourself how wonderful a partner you are to their son/daughter. So take a chill, be respectful towards your new family, but don’t pretend and don’t get stressed.
Already had your first meet with the in-laws? What were your tricks? Tell us in the comments section below.