The stack of save-the-dates and wedding invitations that covered a corner of my desk at home has begun to turn into the inevitable: actual weddings. Last night, I watched while a friend of 13 years exchanged vows with the man who became her husband. I walked afterward to the hall where we would celebrate.
But — unlike most of the rest of the guests — I walked alone into the hall. Where couples would dance and dream of or remember their own weddings. Where husbands would return to the buffet for seconds for their wives. And where I, regardless of having no date with whom to enjoy it, would have the best time.
It is natural as a single adult to be bummed about being alone at a wedding (particularly if you’re a single adult who intends someday to get married). But it’s entirely possible to have fun flyin’ solo at a reception. Here are a few ways to do it:
1. Live tweet it.
I’ve said hello to at least one stranger and I got deodorant on my clutch, so going dateless to this wedding is going well so far.
— Arleen Spenceley (@ArleenSpenceley) August 31, 2014
Wish I had a designated driver so I could dance.
— Arleen Spenceley (@ArleenSpenceley) September 1, 2014
2. Enjoy the food.
Really enjoy it. Buffet? Pile it on. Still hungry? Opt for seconds. Eaters who are timid about it on dates don’t have to be when there isn’t a date. (Though they also don’t have to be when there is.) Somebody paid a lot of money for — let’s face it — more food than all the people at the wedding could eat in a night. Dig in. Take a breather. Repeat.
3. Find the cutest boy at the wedding; dance with him.
But ask his parents first.
How else can one have fun flyin’ solo at a wedding?