10 tips for people going to weddings alone
It will not be as bad as you think (Picture: Getty)

Just because you are attending a wedding alone, doesn’t mean that you can’t have fun.

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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.

10 tips for people going to weddings alone

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.

10 tips for people going to weddings alone
You will definitely find someone on your table to talk to (Picture: Getty)

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.

6. Smile

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.

7. Don’t get too drunk

Although drinking may seem like a good way to relax and a quick boost of confidence, in reality you will probably get loud and sloppy.

And when you wake up the next day, with no-one to tell to help fill in those memory blanks, or remember what you said that caused the bride’s aunt to get massively offended, you will regret it.

10 tips for people going to weddings alone

8. Put away the phone

Although this magic device acts like a nice comforting blanket, it is also a great way to make people avoid talking to you.

Stash it away, and only take it out to snap some pictures.

9. Explore the location

Weddings usually take place in some nice fancy spots, that you don’t go to on a regular basis, so take the time to explore the grounds.

Or do something like filling out the guest book.

10. Enjoy yourself

If you feel really down about going alone, just remember that this day isn’t about you. It is about someone you care about celebrating their love for another person.

Don’t get yourself down, and if you feel uncomfortable remember you can always skip out a little early.

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