The Single Older Sister at the Younger Sibling's Wedding is a rather frequent occurrence.
by Sara Barron for HowAboutWe
In three weeks, my younger brother is getting married. (I would like, before going any further with this subject, to state in no uncertain terms that I very much like the young lass he's chosen for his bride.) When he got engaged, I immediately started working on my plan for what I'd do if I were still single when his big day came; as it happens, the Single Older Sister at the Younger Sibling's Wedding is a rather frequent occurrence.
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1. Invest in your appearance. OK, so look: In nine out of ten instances, I think spending money to feel good about yourself is nothing but a dangerous and entitled spiral toward credit card debt and emotional problem avoidance. That said, I'm of the personal opinion that looking amazing at your brother's wedding is one of those rare and worthy causes wherein a wee bit of spending is justified. Pictures will be taken, memories will be formed. So buy the right the shoes, the right dress, the right thong, the right spanx. Get your color done. Get your makeup done. And for all things hair and makeup, puh-lease, FOR THE LOVE OF GOD!, be sure and do a dry-run at your chosen salon. I learned this painful lesson back in 1993 at my junior high school graduation. My mother, for the first time in my life, allowed me to get my hair done at the sophisticated, now-defunct Tony Vole hair salon in suburban Chicago. I scheduled my appointment three hours before the graduation ceremony. I walked in looking like myself, and walked out looking like an electrocuted, frazzled, ugly dog. Appearing as such at your junior high school graduation? Funny. Appearing as such at your younger brother's wedding? Less so.
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2. Bring Your Best Friend.You will, I believe, feel tempted to scramble madly for a date. You will dream of some impossible mash-up of Jon Hamm and Barack Obama, let's say, and you will search madly, crazily, desperately for him. RESIST THIS IMPULSE. Why? Because you're searching under pressure. And when you search for something under pressure -- a guy, a dress, whatevs -- that pressure skews your judgment. There's too a high risk you'll wind up with some dude you're not all that comfortable with. And for what? So you can look less single? Big whoop. Instead, I recommend bringing a female friend, someone you're close to, someone guaranteed to make you laugh so hard, champagne flies out of your nose.
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