If you're between 22 and 30, your social media timelines and inboxes have been flooded with wedding announcements, countdowns to the big day(s), and all-around happiness from family and friends for months now. It's summer, and it’s the season of self-reflection: who's growing up, who's having kids, who's still partying at crappy, hole-in-the-wall bars until 4am... and who's tying the knot.
Your odds are good, if you fall into the aforementioned age group, that in the near future you're going to be some lucky wedding guest's date. Getting invited as such is definitely a good sign -- but don't get cocky! There are a TON of ways to mess things up. Here's an etiquette guide so you don't end up making out in a coat closet with some rando... or fleeing in embarrassment and ruin.
Act like the high-functioning human you are and socialize...
Don’t be the anti-social person in the corner on the phone. Yeah, it's not easy -- and people at weddings can be pains in the ass, especially if you don’t know any of them. There's no place like weddings for old friends to be catching up, leaving their uninitiated dates in the lurch. Worse yet, your date could be a bridesmaid or groomsman. Still, you'll seem standoffish if you don't mingle -- and it can reflect poorly on your date.
As a shy person, I totally get how frustrating this can be. But you're the plus-one, so it's your responsibility to be there in a supporting role to the person who asked you to come along. There are many payoffs to this -- one of which begins later as soon as you get back to your hotel room.