Five rea­sons to go to a wed­ding alone

After do­ing so many wed­dings lately, prac­tice makes per­fect


A LIT­TLE over a year a go I used this column to il­lus­trate the num­ber of wed­dings I had at­tended over the past decade.

Some things never change. In Oc­to­ber I at­tended wed­dings three and four for the year and I have an­other one to go. Next year is look­ing a lit­tle quiet, although there’s been a couple of en­gage­ments re­cently so no doubt there will be a few in­vi­ta­tions in the mail.

An­other thing also re­mains un­changed – my mar­i­tal sta­tus. I’ve been fly­ing solo to all of th­ese wed­dings. While count­less movie plots have cen­tred around sad sin­gles at­tend­ing their friends’ nup­tials sans part­ner, I reckon it’s the most fun. And here’s why:

1. You don’t have to babysit any­one. There’s noth­ing worse than tak­ing a date to a wed­ding and hav­ing to spend your time in­tro­duc­ing them to peo­ple (par­tic­u­larly the bride and groom) and mak­ing sure they are hav­ing a good time.

2. No awk­ward couple ques­tions. I was at a wed­ding with a date once and the other guests kept ask­ing when it was go­ing to be our turn. I wanted to an­swer “never” but thought that was a bit harsh. Any­thing else would have been a lie so I smiled and let some­one else fill the awk­ward si­lence.

3. Peo­ple feel sorry for you. Those in the cou­ple­dom pity party will of­ten over­com­pen­sate in a mis­guided at­tempt to make up for your sin­gle­ness. This leads them to make sure you al­ways have a drink in hand and even swap meals if you pre­fer their of­fer­ing in the al­ter­nate drop.

4. You are free to cir­cu­late. There’s al­ways new friends to be made at a wed­ding and with your sin­gle­dom comes free­dom to move about the ta­bles and get to know as many peo­ple as pos­si­ble.

5. You can catch the last (or first) bus home. There’s noth­ing worse than hav­ing an amaz­ing time at an event and hav­ing it cut short be­cause your date wants to pike out early. Al­ter­na­tively, if the party’s not hap­pen­ing and you want to get out of there and find an­other one (you wouldn’t want to waste the hair and makeup) you can.


FUN FOR ONE: Wed­ding ready, frocked up and rar­ing to party .... with the op­tion of the first bus home.

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