The Love Central - Jealous? A Single’s Guide to Surviving a Best Friend’s Wedding
Jealous? A Single’s Guide to Surviving a Best Friend’s Wedding

Jealous? A Single’s Guide to Surviving a Best Friend’s Wedding 

Remember, being single at a wedding isn’t a curse; it’s an opportunity to celebrate love, life, and the endless possibilities that come with being unattached.
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Weddings: the time when “I do” sounds more like “I’m done” for all the singles out there. Your best friend is getting hitched, and you’re the one catching the bouquet of mixed feelings. This article is a guide to keep your mental health and self-control in check, and your spirits high

Let’s talk about that age-old situation that throws a curveball at even the strongest of us: your best friend’s wedding.  They found their happily ever after, and you’re super hyped for them, but a tiny, gremlin-like voice whispers, “Is that… jealousy I hear?”

Hold up, don’t judge yourself just yet. It’s completely normal to feel a flicker of something complex – a mix of joy, sadness, maybe a smidge of “when’s my turn?”

But here’s the thing: their win doesn’t have to diminish yours. This is their happily ever after, and yours is still being written.

So how do we navigate these emotions and be the best friend/hype-woman/man at the wedding without turning green with envy? Let’s break it down.

The Love Central - A Single’s Guide to Surviving a Best Friend’s Wedding
But heres the thing their win doesnt have to diminish yours Image source Freepik

Step 1: RSVP with a Plus One – Your Sense of Humor 

First things first, RSVP ‘yes’ and bring your best plus one – your sense of humor. It’s going to be your loyal date, laughing with you when Aunt Jenny asks, “So, when’s your turn?” for the umpteenth time. Remember, laughter is the best medicine, especially when it comes to dodging those pesky relationship questions.

Step 2: The Pre-Wedding Pep Talk 

Before you step into the venue, give yourself a little pep talk. Look in the mirror and say, “I’m the fun uncle/aunt of the singles’ table.” Embrace your role; you’re here to party, not to pity party. You’ve got the freedom to flirt with the buffet table and commit to as many desserts as you please.

Step 3: Dress to Impress (Yourself) 

Dress up not to snag a partner but to celebrate yourself. Rock that outfit that makes you feel like a million bucks – because you’re priceless, baby. And when you look good, you feel good. It’s all about self-love in the time of confetti.

Step 4: Be the Life of the Party (But Don’t Overdo It) 

Get down on the dance floor like nobody’s watching, because let’s be honest, they’re not. They’re too busy checking out the newlyweds. Just remember to keep it classy – this isn’t the time to showcase your rendition of the “Single Ladies” dance.

Step 5: The Bouquet Toss – Duck and Cover 

When it’s time for the bouquet toss, you have two options: go for the gold or duck and cover. If you’re feeling adventurous, dive in! But if the thought of catching it makes you break out in hives, it’s perfectly fine to hang back and let the petals fall where they may.

Step 6: Toast to the Couple (and to Your Freedom) 

Raise your glass and toast to the happy couple. Then, take a moment to toast your freedom. You’re the master of your Netflix account, the ruler of your remote, and the commander of your comforter. Cheers to that!

Step 7: The Single’s Table – Your Kingdom 

Ah, the singles’ table, where the conversations are as free-flowing as the wine. This is your kingdom, where you can mingle without the jingle of wedding bells in your ears. Enjoy the camaraderie of fellow free spirits.

The Love Central - A Single’s Guide to Surviving a Best Friend’s Wedding
Raise your glass and toast to the happy couple Image source Freepik

Step 8: Avoid the Ex Trap 

If your ex is at the wedding, navigate carefully. You’re here to celebrate love, not rekindle old flames – especially if they’re more like dumpster fires. Keep it cordial, and if needed, have an escape plan involving the nearest exit or the dessert table.

Step 9: Reflect on the Positives 

Take a moment to reflect on the positives of your single status. You’ve got the whole bed to yourself, no in-laws to impress, and the only snoring you hear at night is from your pet or your choice of a white noise app.

Step 10: Plan Your Post-Wedding Self-Care 

After the wedding, plan some quality self-care. Whether it’s a spa day, a movie marathon, or just some quiet time with a good book, make sure to recharge those batteries.

Remember, being single at a wedding isn’t a curse; it’s an opportunity to celebrate love, life, and the endless possibilities that come with being unattached.

So, put on your dancing shoes, flash that single-and-ready-to-mingle smile, and enjoy the party. After all, it’s not every day you get to eat free cake.

Conclusion: A Single’s Guide to Surviving a Best Friend’s Wedding 

And there you have it – your guide to not just surviving but thriving at your best friend’s wedding. Keep these steps in mind, and you’ll be the one walking away with the real prize: a heart full of joy and a belly full of cake. 

Stay positive, stay laughing, and who knows, maybe you’ll catch more than just the bouquet – you’ll catch some great memories, too.

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