Mr. International Tips

With the 2018 pageant fast approaching, I wanted to share a few tips on who’s really important… the future Mr. International 2018! If your detailed, organized, and a planner, like myself, you may already be wondering some questions that these few tips may help answer. Please keep in mind everyone’s family’s needs and budgets are different, so always do what’s best for you and your family. Also remember things may change too so always be flexible. 

A few husband tips for pageant weekend:

*Husbands should arrive Thursday night. They can arrive Friday morning as long as they are there early because they do attend rehearsal Friday late morning. Keep in mind Charleston, WV is a commute! Most flights require a connection and there’s always the chance of delays. So, to be safe and to avoid him arriving in stress, I recommend him casually getting there the evening before.

*Rehearsal is business casual for your husband. You will see everything from suits to jeans. Let your husband be comfortable, but also remember he represents your image as well.

*Your husband does not need a ticket for the pageant.

*He will sit with the other husbands and escort you in evening gown on both days. If your children are planning to come, it’s a great idea to bring grandma, a relative, or friend to sit with them during the show.

*Your husband does not need a ticket for the coronation ball.

*When escorting you on stage, a handsome tux, suit, or military uniform. He can either wear the same for prelims and finals or different options. You will be wearing the same gown, so I suggest keeping your evening gown consistent and keeping it the same look.

*Husband transportation is provided to the theatres for rehearsal and competition days. If he has his own vehicle there he can also drive.

*To room or not to room with your husband once he arrives? That’s completely up to you. My boys were coming and I knew I would have early make up calls, late nights, and need some down time for a clear mind so I chose not to. Some contestants did the entire time, some did when he arrived, and some did not at all. Just make sure to coordinate with the pageant staff and your roommate.

Last and most importantly, your husband is your biggest fan, your greatest supporter, your rock! Please don’t forget to show him that during the months or preparation and during competition week. Just as stressful it is for you, it is for him. You can always tell if he feels that way come competition… his reaction when he watches you in evening gown on stage truly says it all… priceless!

Turning Broken Into Brave,

Your Mrs. International 2017

Melissa Pocza


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