Weddiquette: Plus One Edition
Question: Is it OK to bring a friend - not a romantic type date person - to a wedding to which you’ve been invited and have been told you can bring a guest?
Answer: Not really. You don't have to have thrown one to know that weddings are crazy expensive. Even new-agey "let's get married in the forest and dance under the stars" weddings.
Planning and pricing is usually done by headcount. So when the bride and groom invite you to bring a guest, they typically mean your better half (or someone you're hoping might be).
Rarely do they mean a fun buddy to keep you entertained at their wedding. You should be mingling at a wedding, not holed up with your BFF dissecting everyone’s attire.
There are, of course, all kinds of exceptions, but it’s best to err on the side of caution: decline to bring a friend as a guest. If you feel close enough to the bride and groom to ask, and they insist that it’s OK, then congratulations and feel free to doubleteam some groomsmen.