Destination weddings are totally becoming a thing, and that means more reasons to travel with a cute dress.
According to one random statistic I read, the popularity of destination weddings has increased 400% in the last few years.
So you can reasonably expect to be invited to one.
You know what’s totally lame?
Going to a wedding alone, especially if your family is there and you have to listen to them go on about how you’ll be fine and not to worry. I wasn’t worried, thanks.
You know what’s totally fun?
Going to a wedding alone, especially if your family is not there because you can flirt with abandon. Yes I do like tequila shots, thanks.
Destination weddings are even more awesome because they tend to be in interesting, fun places, like a remote beach or an abandoned castle.
That being said, if it is a destination wedding and you don’t have a date DEFINITELY go anyway. What’s a better excuse to take time off from work then celebrating the love between two people?
Your work doesn’t have to know you’ll only be doing that for two days and the other five you’ll be learning how to surf. This is about love.
Love of surfing.Turning a destination wedding invitation into a vacation is really such a wonderful idea. Click To Tweet
You have an excuse to go somewhere, you get to spend time with someone you care about, and you get to have an awesome time doing it.
Plus, if you can arrange to not fly on the weekends you usually can get a much cheaper flight! Don’t hesitate just because you don’t have a date.
I have rarely been to a wedding with a date, whether family related or not, and I always have fun. So OBVIOUSLY turn this wedding into a vacation for yourself. But there are a few additional tips for optimal solo dame enjoyment during any wedding fiesta, local or abroad.
Do not wear frightening high heels.
This seems counter intuitive because of course you want to look fly and fabulous when you’re alone, but if we are all being honest, high heels suck. I’m not saying you need to wear sneakers (although that could potentially looks super dope) but rather something low and comfortable.
The more comfortable the shoe, the more likely you are to groove and socialize with strangers. Plus heels take up a lot of space in a suitcase!
Pick one cocktail and stick to it.
Unless you’re 20, you know that mixing different liquors all night never ends well, so keep your game face and drink your favorite all night.
Plus when that beautiful stranger asks what he/she can get you from the bar, you are ready with an answer. Confident, cool and collected, a traveler with mystery. You’re basically James Bond.
Get to know your table.
These are built in amigos for the night. Ask questions, people love talking about themselves so let them. Don’t ask the normal “where are you from?” boring snore fest, but come up with a conversation starter, like “do you think aliens exist?” (the truth is out there).
Come prepared with one hilarious story, like when you thought the Spanish speaking cab drive was talking about something very different when he said “trucha”. Which translates to “trout”. Not a lady body part…
Plus you’re in a beautiful place with interesting people. Take advantage!
Enjoy being alone.
Alone time is underrated so don’t feel the need to be a social butterfly at all moments. Sit down at your empty table during the Macarena because seriously are we all still doing that?
Take it in, enjoy the scene, love is in the air. Take a mountain of photos of the bride and groom dancing on the beach. Practice the local language ordering drinks at the bar. Eat an extra bread roll because you thought the vegan dinner would be more substantial than that one quinoa cake and now you’re starving.
You’re a fabulous lady on an adventure, take the time to appreciate that!
Be prepared for “that” conversation.
Someone is going to ask why you came alone. Why you don’t have a date. Why you don’t have a partner, if that’s the case. It’s irritating AF and no one’s business but it’s inevitable. So just smile politely and say something to the point.
If you are traveling alone, but have a partner at home, don’t forget to give them a call. Otherwise, save social commentary on the question for another day, this wedding is not about your love life. It’s about sipping cocktails on the beach 🙂
These are suggestions of things that work well for me. If you have a good tip, please share because I’m always looking for good ways to enjoy myself being single.
Especially when everyone around me seems certain I go home at night, planning on how to notify the police of my death before my 28 cats eat my face.
Destination weddings are here to stay, so pack your bags and have fun!
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