Not having a date for a wedding can be a good thing, if you know how to work it.
Step 1: Get a room Reserve a room where the bride and groom suggest you stay, likely the nearest place to the reception. You can get rides with other guests, or perhaps catch a shuttle to the festivities. This way, you can drink with abandon and freshen up at will.
Step 2: Buy a killer outfit Spring for a killer outfit.
Step 3: Take dance lessons If you’re nervous on the dance floor, invest in a few lessons so you’ll feel confident getting jiggy with other solo guests.
TIP: Do your homework—have the bride or groom give you a rundown of the other solo guests. Ask well in advance if they’ll seat you at a table with cute singles.
Step 4: Work the cocktail hour Scope out potential dance partners at the cocktail hour, in case you get stuck at a loser table.
TIP: Befriend the bartender at the start of the evening. That way, you’ll always have a friendly person to hang out with—and to smooth introductions to other singles.
Step 5: Make the first move Make the first move—whether it’s asking someone to dance or simply chatting them up.
Step 6: Talk to everyone Talk to as many new people as you can; you never know who might know someone who is perfect for you.
Step 7: Have a nightcap Have a nightcap at the hotel bar with all your new friends. It’s where everyone who doesn’t have to run home to a babysitter goes when the reception ends.
FACT: The average number of guests invited to a wedding is 164.