There are amazing things that you learn about yourself during your single years that you might not ever get a chance to learn otherwise. You might find a hidden talent. You might realize your personality is a lot quirkier than you thought. You might learn how to do something completely out of your realm.
Or, even better, you might learn how to conquer a summer full of weddings, solo.
Bringing a date to a wedding as a single lady can be a total bore to begin with. You can’t gossip and have inappropriate conversations with your girls, and you have to worry about making sure they don’t feel awkward when you leave him to go hit the dance floor. I, personally, suggest putting on your party panties and going to the next wedding on your own.
Here are a few tips to accomplish Single Lady Wedding Reception Success:
Look hot. The more confident you feel, the easier it will be to open up in a setting that may be outside of your comfort zone. And don’t be that girl that wears a dress and shoes that you can’t dance in and don’t wear white… or red.
Go ahead and put the phone away. Being glued to your phone means missing out on conversations and opportunities to meet new people. And being glued to your phone in social settings can be tacky. Ugh… I just said tacky.
Arrive early. Not just because it’s the right thing to do, but this will give you time to find familiar faces and someone to sit with during the nuptials.
Find a seat. Seating during the reception can be awkward. It’s awkward if there is assigned seating; it’s awkward if there isn’t. If you’re like me, you’ll either end up at the kids table or the retirement table. Remember, you’re on your own. Find an empty seat next to someone you know… or that hot friend of the groom!
Participate! The bride and groom want to make sure everyone is having fun. Finish your second (or third) cocktail and get on the dance floor. Who cares if you suck at dancing (hi). Who cares if everyone at the table is watching you (they’ll probably admire you). Grab friends and the bride and break in the dance floor for everyone else.
If you really want to rock a reception dance floor, you may want to learn these few dances:
Cha Cha Slide
And because every guy in Texas needs to learn the basics to country two stepping.
At this point of the night, you should be ready to catch the bouquet. After all, your dance solo to Single Ladies should have everyone cheering for you to catch the bouquet. So, you may want to practice catching too…
Now, the rest of the night… that’s up to you.