Going to a wedding as a plus one is tons of fun — unless your date is in the wedding party. Then, it can put you in a pretty awkward position. What if you don't know anyone else? What are you supposed to do while your significant other is busy with wedding party duties?
Attending a wedding as the plus one when your partner is part of the wedding party (bridesmaid or groomsman) can be intimidating, but there are ways to make the experience enjoyable.
Here are some tips on how to deal with being the plus one when your partner is in the wedding:
Get to know the other guests: Take the opportunity to meet and socialize with the other guests at the wedding. It can help you feel more included and make new friends.
Enjoy some me-time: Your date might have to arrive at the wedding early for attendant activities, but you definitely don’t! While he or she is busy, indulge in a little “me time,” whether that’s sleeping in, getting out for a run, or booking an appointment at a nearby spa.
Go exploring: In between the ceremony and reception, your S.O. may have to go take photos or help with reception set-up. No need to follow the wedding party around! If you’ve got time to kill, head to a local coffee shop, take a nice walk, or visit another attraction.
Be supportive of your partner: Your partner is likely to be busy with wedding duties, so be supportive and understanding of their obligations. Offer to help out where you can and be flexible with your plans.
Take part in the activities: Participate in the activities and events leading up to the wedding, such as the rehearsal dinner and the pre-wedding activities. It can help you feel more involved and connected to the wedding party.
Don't feel obligated to attend everything: If you're feeling overwhelmed or need some alone time, it's okay to skip some of the events leading up to the wedding. Don't feel obligated to attend everything if it's not feasible or if it makes you uncomfortable.
Dress appropriately: Dress appropriately for the wedding and follow the dress code specified on the invitation. If there is no dress code, choose attire that is appropriate for a formal occasion.
Enjoy the experience: Remember that weddings are a celebration of love and commitment. Take the opportunity to enjoy the experience and celebrate the couple's special day.
Attending a wedding as a plus one can be a fun and memorable experience. By following these tips, you can make the most of the occasion and support your partner on their special day.
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