The Realities Of Being The Only Single One Left When All Your Friends Are Getting Married
Your best friends become your best friends +1.
So this is it. The others have fallen. You’re the only one left. Alone in the wilderness of singledom, roaming the dating plains, the echoes of multiple #shesaidyes hashtags ringing in your ears.
But what’s it really like to be the last single one when all your friends are getting married? It’s a bit like this.
Instagram will never be the same again
It can be hard to hold in the mini-voms when your feed is literally nothing but coupled-up shots involving more cheese than your average Friday night gouda-eating sesh. You get that they’re in love. You get that they’re excited to be engaged. But do we really need another smoochy pic in front of some rather nice scenery that you’re actually sort of blocking with your heads? #MyOne #Him #LuckyGirl #KillMe.
Nights out = pimped out
You’re the only one on the pull, which in theory should be great - less competition and all that - but actually means you’ve got five waaaaaaay too enthusiastic wing-women all desperate to a) hook you up and b) live vicariously through you because they’re stuck with one person for the rest of their life now.
Your best friends become your best friends +1
Of course you still spend time with them individually, but also they are very much part of a unit now. It’s HelenandDave and BryanandTodd and SheilaandBruce (they’re Australian).
Your friends will give you unnecessary pep talks
The thing with couples is that they are very happy being a couple. And they want you to be very happy being a couple too. This inevitably leads to ever-so-slightly patronising pep talks, featuring phrases like: ‘You’ll find someone soon’, ‘your person is out there’, and ‘just stay positive, it’ll happen for you too’. Um, what if you don’t need another human to legitimise you and make you complete? What if you actually enjoy NOT having to share your duvet or your life? WHAT IF - and this is a groundbreaking one - you don’t exist on this planet purely to find a mate? *collective gasp*
Relatives think you're robbing them
Your mum bumped into Jessica’s mum at Sainsbury’s and did you know that Jessica’s found her dress? Jessica’s mum is having such a fun time helping to plan the wedding. Why isn’t your mum planning a wedding? Why isn’t she enjoying mother-of-the-bride status? Oh yes, that’s right, because you’re a big fat single failure.
The endless wedding plans
At first it was fun. Now if you have to see one more photo of a flower arrangement, or discuss the merits of various tablecloths, you’ll scream. Plus, because you’re the only single one, you don’t have anything to add to the debate, really. While they’re all comparing swatches, you just nod your head and wonder if you can fit in a quick Netflix binge session when you get home.
The endless WEDDINGS
Yes, they’re fun. Yes, two people committing to each other in front of their friends and family is a wonderful thing, but YE GADS they’re expensive.
And don’t even THINK about mentioning the H-word
As in ‘Hen Do’. Look, you love Susan and you want to celebrate her last few weeks of singledom with a 5 night break in Marbella incl. a cocktail making class, villa for fifteen and willy straws. But at the same time you’ve only got 7 annual leave days left and you’d been planning that bucket-list trip to Japan before she went and got that rock shoved on her finger.
The couples' night out
No matter how much you love your friends and their soon-to-be spouses, there’s something a little awkward about being the only unattached one in the group when you all go out together. Yes, you may love being single because let’s face it, it’s great, but there’s nothing like watching 4 loved up couples to make you feel hella single.
Not that there’s anything wrong with feeling hella single. Being single is great, and you should never forget it.
- Words by Lizzie Cox.
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