Would You Rather: Jordan Almonds or an Online Dating Subscription?

wedding favors

Almonds? No thank you.

Today I’m going to a wedding.  Not my own, obviously, but that of my former babysitter/art teacher/next door neighbor.  I have mixed feelings about this wedding, not because I have any doubt that the couple in question will be very happy together, but because I’m egocentric-to-a-fault even at the best of the times and seeing as I’ve just lost my wingman, this is not the best of times.

The entire Richter clan was invited to this wedding, including Landlord, Chauffer and Tech Support.  Tech Support, aka my younger brother, was supposed to be my partner in crime for the evening but due to an unexpected turn of events, his boss is sending him out of town for the weekend.


There are few things I hate more in life than flying solo at a friend’s wedding.  In fact, flying solo amidst a sea of happy and soon-to-be-happy couples ranks right up there with my hatred of pigeons, zucchini, eggplant, eggplant disguised to look like something else and tourists who walk four-abreast on the sidewalk.

Needless to say, I’m feeling a bit apprehensive about today’s nuptials.

And not without good reason—I’ve experienced some true disasters— but in the spirit of today’s festivities, I’m not going to dwell on the numerous weddings I’ve attended over the years and the associated meltdowns I’ve had in various hotel rooms across the country.  I’m going to focus on the future.

In particular my wedding, and the provisions I’m going to make for any and all singletons in attendance.

Firstly, I’m going to have a table specifically for singles and it’s going to be a good table— the sort where you can see and be seen—right near the bar, not all the way in back of the room where people always dump the distant relatives they don’t particularly care for.

Secondly, I’m going to provide each of my single guests with a clear yet discreet marker to designate them as such.  Not one of those tacky “Hello My Name is…” badges, but something classy like a corsage or a nosegay—something that will make the other guests say “How did they get those?  They must be SPECIAL!”—this way they can identify other singles with confidence and certainty and approach them secure in the knowledge that they are indeed legitimately available.

Of course, in order to avoid drawing attention to the corsage-wearing singles, I may have to issue all of my guests corsages but they’ll be color-coded, kind of like the T-shirts you wear to the traffic light bops I first encountered during my student days in the UK (red for “Sorry, I’m taken,” orange for “It’s complicated” and green for “SINGLE and ready to MINGLE!”)  I’ll have to figure out a way to make the color-coding a little less obvious, and I may have to re-think to the code itself depending on my own color scheme but I’ve got time; I’ll figure it out.

(Then again, maybe I should just ask all my single guests to dress like this?)

Single ladies

I’m also going to give my single guests good favors—likes subscriptions to Match.com—because seriously, how’s a bunch of tulle and a handful of Jordan almonds going to help the situation?  I like Jordan almonds as much as the next person (probably even more so) but singles need companionship, not calories.

Maybe I’ll set up a game of Twister too, and possibly a hot tub, this way the singles will have something to do when it’s time for another slow song.

And on that note, it’s time for me to get serious and get dressed.  I’ll miss you, Tech Support, bit I will solider on (and if you are nice to me, I will possibly save you some almonds).

10 Responses to “Would You Rather: Jordan Almonds or an Online Dating Subscription?”

  1. Katie

    The worst is it sounds like you might be in a kind of limbo land with #7 right now, so if there are any eligible, attractive bachelors at this shindig, you probably won’t give them the time of day. Ah, well… when all else fails, you can do some professional networking.

  2. Katie

    Your future wedding sounds awesome! You may have given me ideas for my hypothetical future wedding.

    Thanks for friending me on 20sb. I’m enjoying your blog!

  3. Landlord

    Been there in a different way, try being very involved in a wedding (in my former life as a florist’s wedding coordinator) staying w/ the family of the bride (who I had just met before the wedding), getting all of the things in place, etc. to sit at the reception totally alone, and since I was married w/ no chance of “hooking up”…chauffeur was on the high seas and supposed to have been in this wedding. Talk about a no-show! It was fairly miserable and there were no cell phones to call him during the fiasco. I ended up leaving early, but it was a nice wedding if I must say so myself 😉 and the bride’s family was lovely, they just couldn’t magically make your father appear.

  4. Becca

    I loved this post! And mid-wedding season, your comments really rang true. Giggled quite a lot in the office, giving away the fact that I was possibly not doing much work right now… Anyway, just wanted to thank you for putting a smile on my face this Friday. Hope all goes well this evening! xx

  5. Chauffeur

    Boy, Chauffeur sounds like a real jerk, but he also missed being there I am sure. I imagine it must have been something, perhaps he had been laid off when his ship went into the shipyard, but then got called back to work right before the wedding and really could not decline if he wanted to keep working. Seems that “hi-seas” bit caused him to be absent for another major event later on too. Good thing you are understanding with him.

    • Brazilian

      I don’t know, but I think you better make sure it doesn’t happen again!!!! 😉

  6. Rachel

    At least the tradition of the bride throwing her bridal bouquet to all the single ladies appears to have passed away, a subtle but not tragic death. The year that I had 8 weddings to go to, it was a toss up and half the time I found myself hiding in the bathroom rather than competing with the 8-year-olds. Best of luck tonight!

  7. Zak

    “ranks right up there with my hatred of pigeons, zucchini, eggplant, eggplant disguised to look like something else and tourists who walk four-abreast on the sidewalk.”

    I love your random lists.

  8. Lost in France

    near the bar a hot tub and twister, everyone will want to be in the singles area.


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