Always take the program. Every wedding has them, probably handed out by members of the wedding party as guests arrive. Wait for a moment when they are handing out several of them and are occupied by a large group. Take the program and study it. You’ll need to know the names of the bride and groom at the very least. Some of the programs will also include the address of the reception. That’s important unless the reception is also at the same location as the ceremony. Those are the best, then you don’t need to worry about having to walk or take public transportation. Any way, if people see you at the wedding, they’ll be less likely to wonder why you’re at the reception.
Once you are at the reception, check the bar. Watch a few people going through first to see if they have to pay or not. Open bars are the best, but don’t overdo it. You don’t want to get drunk and start blabbing about being homeless or anything like that. Arrive a little late while you’re at it. That way you can find an empty seat. Buffets are better, but sometimes you need to have a story ready about being here with someone (who isn’t there) so you’re on your own for the evening. Whatever you do, don’t overstay your welcome. Enjoy the food and drink, but the wedding cake is usually late when only the die-hards are sticking around. Follow these simple instructions and a crashing a wedding reception can provide a delicious and filling meal as well as a nice night on the town.