Whether it is a bow or handshake, hug or kiss, greetings can be difficult when you aren't sure of which gesture to use. Add to this the pressure associated with wanting to make a good impression, and you can be left with quite a bit of anxiety.
Now picture this. Whether at a party or family gathering, you are meeting your man’s extended family for the first time. You make eye contact. They head your direction.
Next comes the awkward moment of frantic panic whilst you weigh the options of offering a handshake or going in for a hug. You opt for the hug but halfway through pulling back it finally registers: the odd sound you just heard was a kiss being blown.
Before you have time to react, you’re being pulled back for the second side. If you have ever gone through this odd dance of negotiating different gestures of affection with new acquaintances, you may want to take a look at this helpful guide. In general, if either of you are European you should be prepared for the possibility of a cheek kiss.
But remember, the number of kisses may be different depending on where in Europe they are from.
This may make things seem really complicated, but just keep in mind, if you are meeting these people for your engagement party or wedding, they are here to celebrate with you! So let loose a little. It’s always okay to laugh at yourself!