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A SINGLE’S GUIDE TO KEEPING YOUR SANITY AT ALL THOSE SUMMER WEDDINGS

Who says you need a plus one to have fun? Here's how to enjoy weddings while single.

And just like that, it’s here again—the dreaded wedding season. Weddings are a great way to let loose, spend time with those you rarely see, and celebrate love. But sometimes, that last part can get exhausting, especially when you’re single (and maybe a little bitter).

Wedding after wedding, weekend after weekend, here are some tips on how to have fun without a plus one:

STAY POSITIVE ABOUT THE SINGLES TABLE

If you’re not usually the embodiment of “single and ready to mingle,” now’s the time to really try! Chances are you were invited to this wedding because you’re friends with the couple, so remind yourself their single friends are probably just as awesome as they are. You never know who you’re gonna meet.

MAKE YOUR OWN FUN

If you’re in the bridal party, come up with activities that not only you but everyone can look forward to during the reception. For example, suggest the bridesmaids break it down on the dance floor in a choreographed routine for the couple. Or throw out ideas like having a photo booth or yard games.

ENJOY THE FREE FOOD AND DRINK

Long gone are the days of nasty, pre-selected banquet hall food. When it comes to tying the knot, people keep getting trendier and trendier. Now, many weddings have food trucks or local chefs cater the event. Take advantage because who doesn’t love a delicious, free meal?

ATTEND THE AFTER PARTY

Yeah, maybe the reception feels like a cute couple competition, but the after party sure won’t. Many times couples, especially those with children, opt out after the initial celebration is over. The after party is a chance to meet other singles, drink and dance a little longer, and most importantly, fully appreciate that you have no one to answer to.

TURN IT INTO A TRIP

If the event is out of town, take the opportunity to treat yo’ self. Consider renting a hotel room for an extra night and setting up a spa service or exploring the destination in those additional 24 hours. This weekend might not be about you, but that doesn’t mean you can’t squeeze in a little me time.

All the single ladies, how do you survive summer weddings? Let us know in the comments. 

(Featured image via zestitup.com)

Californian stuck in the Midwest for undergrad. Editorial Intern for VINA. Hiker. Writer. Eater. Nothing beats a well-made sandwich or a well-crafted sentence. You can reach me at annamarie.higley@gmail.com.

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