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New study: women happier to be single at a wedding than men

August 2, 2017 Statistics & Trends No Comments Email Email

Is being single at a wedding really as embarrassing as it’s made out to be, and do Australian singles buy into the awkwardness? Apparently not! EliteSingles’ latest study of 300 Aussies reveals that the majority of singles are happy to attend a wedding alone – especially women.

  •          68% of singles would rather not have a plus-one with their wedding invitation
  •          83% of single women, 76% of single men would happily go solo to a wedding
  •          24% of single men not given a plus-one would ask if they could bring a date
  •          Single men have a more amorous approach to weddings than single women

68% of Australian singles think plus-one invites are a bad idea

Wedding etiquette says that it’s polite to give all single guests a plus-one option if you can. But a new study from premium dating site EliteSingles suggests differently. 68% of singles would rather not have the plus-one option, as it puts too much pressure on them to pick a suitable date. That said, 38% of single men think plus-ones should be routine, compared to just 24% of women.

Women more comfortable than men being single at a wedding

In another stereotype-busting reveal, the survey showed that women are more content than men to turn up to a wedding without a date. If not given the chance to bring someone, 83% of single Aussie women would happily attend solo, while for men the figure is 76%.

24% of single men not given the option of bringing a date would ask if they could do so

Men are also more likely than women to try and change their hosts’ minds about the guest list. If not given a plus-one wedding invitation, almost a quarter of single men (24%) would fly in the face of accepted etiquette and ask if they could bring a date. Just 17% of women would do the same.

Single men more optimistic about wedding romances than women

Additionally, men are the gender most likely to want to put a romantic spin on being single at a wedding. 66% of single men see a wedding as the perfect occasion to meet someone special, compared with 44% of women.

And, if they did bring a date, women would keep things platonic, while men would want romance. For 46% of single women, the ideal wedding date is a platonic friend, with just 11% wanting to bring a crush or person they’ve had a few dates with. Meanwhile, only 18% of men would attend with a friend, while 31% would bring a crush or new flame.

EliteSingles’ in-house relationship psychologist Zoe Coetzee says that ‘’women can view a wedding more as a communal celebration of love focused on the newly-married couple. Men can experience a wedding more as a competitive arena, the wedding raising the preference to bring a plus one.’’

She adds: ‘’women may feel that taking a new date to a wedding can put too much pressure on a fledgling relationship. Men may see it as a romantic occasion to kick off a relationship; a beneficial platform to display social capital and enjoy the positive effect of a celebratory atmosphere.”

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