Any opinion on who to bring to a wedding if you are completely single but have been granted a “plus one?” One wedding I am in the wedding party and the other I am just a guest, but both weddings I will only know a handful of people. Any advice on who should I bring as my plus one? – Jaynessa
This is a familiar situation for me who has spent a fair amount of my life single. There's absolutely no reason to think that you need to forgo bringing a plus one to the wedding just because you're single. If you got the go on the invite, you're safe to bring someone. Who you bring, on the other hand, is the issue, of course.
The first situation will likely have you sitting with the wedding party, running a few errands for the couple, and generally being occupied with your particular wedding party role. So you want to make sure you're bringing someone who can chill alone if need be. Don't bring someone who will feel uncomfortable at a table by themselves or who will feel neglected by your duties. Maybe someone who also knows one or two of the guests?
The second situation, where you're just one of the guests, is a little more free in terms of who you can bring. Bring your introverted bestie, your wallflowering sibling, your wing-person to hook you up, or pretty much anyone who you know will enhance your fun at the reception. And since you're just one of the guests, you can give them your full attention and spend more time robot-ing on the dance floor or writing your funniest line in the guest book.
Alternately, you are totally allowed NOT to bring someone if it's just easier for you. Don't feel like you have to at all, especially if your plus one options are limited. If there's any place where you can take a swig of courage and meet new people, it's at a wedding reception. You definitely don't want to end up bringing someone who might bring you down just to have someone there.
Single readers: chime in! Who do you think they should bring to the weddings?