Cue the music.
It’s wedding season again.
June is the second most popular month for nuptials (September is first, October is third) and some “lucky” people may have been to one or two already this spring.
For singles saving — and dreading — the date, we have some tips for making it through the night.
Damon says: Create a wedding drinking game similar to those played during the State of the Union address or the Oscars. Maybe with five songs the DJ is guaranteed to play that you’ve heard at every wedding before. If he plays them, you take shots. It’s a win-win.
If it isn’t open bar or there isn’t a bar at the reception, scout the bar scene in between the wedding and reception locations and have a few before you go to cha cha slide yourself to death. Show up a little late. It’ll be OK. The Ink bar guide should help you find the right spot.
If you’re not fond of the couple marrying (or either party), don’t go to the wedding. It’s their day, not yours. If you can’t be happy for them, you should not be there. Stay home and put Adele’s “Someone Like You” on repeat if necessary.
Pamela says: A recent book I read had some ideas I found helpful (and hilarious).
Doree Lewak, author of “The Panic Years: A Guide to Surviving Smug Married Friends, Bad Taffeta, and Life on the Wrong Side of 25 Without a Ring” (Broadway Books; $19.95), knows exactly what it’s like when weddings just feel like “mocking reminders of your own single status.”
Just fake happiness. Here are suggestions from her book:
Cake + open bar = sugar and booze, and that’s always a trusty Band-Aid for wedding day depression.
Beguiling the cute groomsman in your unspeakable bridesmaid number won’t be easy, but your charm and sincere toast to the couple might just do the trick — everyone wants a little wedding nookie.
Steal more than your share of Godiva chocolate favors — you’ve earned them!
Pretend that dancing with the 5-year-old second cousin who’s so dapper in that tuxedo suspender look — while singing “Just the Two of Us” — is just the thing to tide you over while the bartender is restocking.
When preserving your link in the “Love Train” chain, dig your claws into the bride’s shoulders so hard she will see stars.
I also have a suggestion of my own: Skip the registry. A friend of mine once had a breakdown at Bed Bath & Beyond. “When is it going to be my turn to use the scan gun?” she asked me. Write a check.
Send dating and relationship questions to Pamela and Damon at firstname.lastname@example.org.