There is nothing wrong with heading solo to a wedding, so what if you didn’t get a plus one? Or even worse, your plus one had to cancel?
Although it may be daunting, keep in mind that you are going to an event with plenty of other people, and just because you are attending alone doesn’t mean that you will stick out.
In fact, once you mingle into the general crowd of fellow wedding attendees, no-one will be able to tell.
Here are some tips to help you out.
1. Snoop around
When you arrive scan the crowd and search for a friendly face.
Chances are that you will be able to recognise at least one person that you can spend time with.
Just remind yourself that if you are close enough to be invited to the wedding, then you are close enough to know friends and family of the happy couple, even if it’s just from stories they have told you.
2. Introduce yourself to guests
Weddings are great social events, and a perfect excuse to mingle and make friends.
Go over and introduce yourself to fellow guests, and asking the classic ‘how do you know the couple?’ is always an easy ice-breaker.
3. Find fellow lone guests
If you’re lucky you will either spot, or be spotted by a fellow lone guest.
Immediately pair up with this person and secretly agree to being each other’s plus one.
4. Don’t panic
Even if you can’t find someone straight away to chat to, so what?
Don’t panic and keep your cool.
When you take a seat the table, or go to the bar to order a drink you will definitely interact with someone.
5. Get involved
If making small talk with others isn’t your thing at all, then ask the bride or groom if there is anything you can do to help out.
Like talking to caterers, helping to direct waiters or even sprinkling that shiny wedding confetti on tables.
It will give you something to do, and the happy couple will be grateful.
Sounds simple right? This is one of the easiest ways to invite people over for a chat without having to actually say anything.
You’ve already got your fanciest outfit on, so pair it with a nice relaxed smile.
Just don’t go too forced like Chandler Bing, and you will be fine.