It's that time of the year where weddings are a grand thing. Every year the wedding industry churns out a ton of good business and apart from people spending lavishly to show off their status, they're also a great chance to meet new people and start new associations.
More often than not if you're invited for a wedding, there might be a chance you may not know anyone except the bride and the groom. Especially if you've come alone to join in for the celebrations, it could be a tad tough to push your self-consciousness aside and mingle with the crowd. Approaching a stranger for a conversation at a wedding can give you anxiety and we absolutely understand that, especially if you're an introvert. It takes a lot of self confidence to maybe break the ice with someone because everyone either has a plus one or friends they've come with.
But nothing is impossible and once you break the mould you're pretty good to go. Making friends at a happy, celebratory occasion is a good thing because friends made while having a good time perhaps stay longer in the memory and in life.
So, in case you're not with anyone at a wedding and you want to slowly break the ice with people around, here are the three most important things you can do.(1) Look Sharp And Confident
Confidence can really kill it for you here. I know you may feel like it's a clichéd advice to give to someone but it really works and if you wear the confidence over your shoulder you wouldn't even have to talk to people, people will come talk to you on an autopilot. For instance, if you want to engage with someone, a woman perhaps, you can approach her and ask her if she's doing fine and needs another drink. Now, if you say that with absolute surety, she will definitely take you up on that offer. Looking shy and timid will not get you anywhere TBH. If that's how you want to present yourself, you might as well click a few pictures with the bride and groom, eat some food and head home!
(c)UTV Motion Pictures(2) Have Some Conversation Starters Ready
Having an opening line or a conversation starter can help you settle down easier and faster. It's always good to think about what you're going to talk about, if you're socially awkward. For instance, you can brush up on your current affairs and talk about politics to a group of people or just approach someone with a topic in mind or something that will help you open up to an absolute stranger. Knowing you have your steps covered before taking the leap helps ease off the anxiety.
(c)Reliance Big Pictures(3) Offer To Help
The best way to get to know people is to offer your help for anything that is needed around the wedding. If the bride or the groom know you've come alone they will probably ask you to help just to make you feel a bit more inclusive. It could be escorting people or even help in taking care of the gifts. Whatever you're doing, you'll be around people and there isn't a better opportunity to get to know people than this.
So, the next time if you find yourself alone at a wedding and feel awkward about it, don't be. Being alone is a state of mind and all you need to do is be comfortable in your skin. Once you crack that, you'll enjoy meeting new people and having the time of your life.