I'm used to attending events by myself whether it be movie theaters, trips or specific interest meet-ups. However today was the first time I attended a wedding event by myself. To make it even more interesting, I didn't know anyone there except for the bride and groom.
So while coworkers were talking to each other in one side of the room and relatives talking in their native language in the other side, I stood in the middle by myself with my tea and food (the food was great by the way!). I did try to strike up some conversations, but either they seemed uninterested or all I got were one word responses. I can't blame them though. Here's some random stranger they never seen before trying to talk to them about some random topic they're probably not really interested in the first place. Other than just totally ignoring me or giving me a look like I was some bum asking for change, they had the courtesy to smile at me before engaging in a fuller conversation with someone they're familiar with, so I thank them for that at least.
I really hesitated attending, but in the end the bride and groom are my good friends. Who cares if I don't know anyone? It's not about me. It's about celebrating this special occasion being there for them.
On a side note, like every wedding I've attended, I played the "Uncle Wearing Jeans" game. It seems that there always have to be one relative, usually an uncle, that comes to the wedding wearing jeans. Once spotted, I nod at the person in agreement as if I was saying to him/her: "Yeah, right on!" and feel like I've accomplished a goal, sort of like a pointless Xbox achievement. With so much idle time, I looked around feverishly for that one person wearing jeans, but did not see one. Could it be? Could this be the first wedding were everyone (excluding the children) actually dressed up? Wow.