Many singletons dread June, the most popular month to get married and the unofficial beginning of wedding season. Even if riding solo to a couple-centric event isn't your idea of a perfect night out, you can still have tons of fun without having a date.
Though you might be reluctant to go stag, it's better than bringing the wrong person just because you feel like you "should." So what if you don't have a plus one? You're more than enough.
Need proof? Here are 9 reasons why staying single this wedding season might just be the best way to spend your summer:
1. You get to dress up and look good — for yourself.
When you go on a date or are in a relationship, you often dress with the other person's reaction in mind. If you go to a wedding alone, however, the only person you need to dress to impress is yourself. Instead of worrying about clashing with your date, you'll realize you look so good you never needed a human accessory anyway.
2. No one will tell you not to eat that second piece of cake.
You sat through the ceremony, mingled through cocktail hour, and listened to toast after toast. You deserve this. The happy couple may want to share their lives with each other, but that doesn't mean you have to share your food.
3. So many drinks, so few people to get them for.
Love is a battlefield, and so is the open bar at a wedding. It's every man, woman, and awkward cousin who just turned 21 for themselves.
As an added bonus, going by yourself means you don't have to worry about anyone else's alcohol-infused behavior. As long as you take care of yourself, know your limits, and take a few water breaks, you'll be golden.
4. When you get the choice to sit it out or dance ... you can do whatever you want.
If your wedding date's a wallflower, you may end up glued to the table. If they're a dancing queen, you could be nursing blisters for the next month. Either way, if your moves don't groove, you won't have nearly as much fun as you would simply dancing on your own.
And besides, consider this: When the DJ plays "Single Ladies," you can't let all that time you spent YouTubing the dance to go to waste.
5. You don’t have to subject yourself, your date, and unsuspecting bystanders to any awkward introductions.
Having to introduce someone you are casually dating to an army of acquaintances can be intimidating and uncomfortable for all parties involved. A friend or relative's wedding is probably not the best place to DTR (define the relationship), especially if you aren't ready.
If anyone asks why you're riding solo, own your single status. You probably have tons of practice saying "I like being alone" leftover from the holidays, anyway!
6. You can leave whenever you want.
7. You get to take full credit for your awesome gift.
While there are definite perks to splitting the cost of an expensive present, putting it all on your card means you get all the credit.
On the other hand, being the sole buyer also means you can purchase one of the less expensive items on their registry without feeling guilty. Let the couples spring for the Vitamix. Your very presence is a present.
8. When you're single, you decide if you're ready to mingle.
When you ride solo to a wedding, you can choose to be a unicycle or a third wheel. Spend the night as a social butterfly or a caterpillar comfy in their cocoon — without worrying whether or not your date's having fun, too. As long as you're enjoying yourself, you're the only one who matters.
9. You might even meet someone.
While you shouldn't go to a wedding for the sole purpose of finding a date to the next one, if you do happen to hit it off with someone, you might as well give 'em a chance (aka your number).
What's the worst thing that could happen? Things don't work out and you don't get married in June and all your single friends can't go and do all these awesome things? Don't worry, they'll live — and you will, too.