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There is a point in every new relationship where you finally feel comfortable enough with that former stranger to invite them to be your date to a wedding. Even if, in reality, you really just need a hot side piece to show off, a wedding is still a pretty big deal. This means meeting the friends, maybe some coworkers, and potentially even family members. Yikes. Honestly, it’s a bit intimidating no matter how long you’ve been seeing each other. But that’s what open bars are for, right?
This was my role last Saturday. I was the date of a guy I met on Tinder a month and a half ago to a black tie optional wedding. We aren’t official by any means, and the closest we have come to defining the relationship is when he drunkenly told me the night before the wedding that he didn’t want me sleeping with other people. You know, ideal circumstances in which you want to be introduced to important people in someone’s life. Pretty great for that dress I bought ages ago with nowhere to wear it to, not so great for conversation starters with strangers.
And if you thought those conversations were boring, guess again. A little awkward and a lot entertaining, here’s a healthy sample of what I got to experience.
Wine sure does wonders to a conversation.
Now, did I have good time at the wedding? Yes, of course. But a word to the wise for those of you debating inviting that idk-what-we-are-almost-kinda-maybe significant other to any upcoming nuptials; if after reading this you aren’t convinced that your potential date can handle and respond to the above interactions (plus more considering I lucked out and missed any family member bullets) then it may be time to reconsider your choice. Not everyone will be cool with an onslaught of questioning that runs the gamut from sober to drunk with topics ranging from appropriate to not so much.
But it sure is a solid way to test your new love interest to see how and if they will fit in. Just try and remember to have a little sympathy when she recaps the night and you hear how big of idiots your friends were. .