Tinder is for people who want to find each other without wasting time. If you REALLY want to date efficiently, meet the person for the first time at a family wedding. Don’t believe me?
Enter Tinder Terri. “Tinder” isn’t her real first name. That’s a nickname she got when she showed up to a first date at a wedding. Her date’s family organically started calling her that.
When I asked her why should would agree to such a thing, she answered, “He’s not going to murder me at a family wedding.” And guess what, he didn’t. Even crazier he (Shane) became her boyfriend and they’re still dating months later.
Like you, this struck me as shocking. However, after speaking with Tinder Terri, I now find it more shocking that more singles aren’t utilizing this tradition for a great first date. Here’s why:
1. Get The Family Part Over Early
The kind of person who thinks meeting the family fast-forwards you into a serious relationship stage would be looking for anything to accelerate it. Taking them to a wedding brings this to the surface faster, so you know what you’re dealing with.
2. Free And Easy Dinner
“There is no time to worry about being nervous or awkward over dinner, unlike a normal first date,” Terri said. A wedding is one of the few first date settings where neither of you are responsible for dinner conversations. That is what drunk uncles are made for!
3. Dancing Is Abundant
“Shane was a terrible dancer, it would’ve been embarrassing in any other situation,” Terri joked. If you’re a terrible dancer at a wedding, laugh it off by dancing with the kids table. If it’s a regular first date, any comparable move looks super creepy.
4. Open Bar!
5. It’s Easier To Pick An Outfit
Unlike a first date, the best part about this party is that it’s never about you. You both look your best without ever feeling the discomfort of being the center of attention, because no bride would allow that. That makes for a good wedding, but an even better Tinder date.