Invited to a wedding I don’t really know anyone, and bride said I can bring a friend - would you expect that to be a guy or girlfriend? Would people think it’s more than friendship if I bring a guy, or weird if I bring a girl? Venue is 5 hour round trip

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You’re overthinking this.
A friend can be whoever you feel fits the title. I will say I’ve had the most fun at weddings with my girl friend as my plus 1.

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Bring whoever you want! They’ll be your date for the evening.

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I brought my sister to one as my date because I was recently single and didn’t have any guy I wanted to bring. We had a blast and I don’t think anyone cared at all that it wasn’t a significant other. People pay more attention to the bride/ groom than they do to other attendees and their dates. Go with someone you’ll have a fun night with and make good memories with!

Assuming you’re staying there for the weekend or at least overnight? Take whomever you’re going to have the most fun with that weekend and on the road trip.

My plus ones to weddings have been guys I’m dating, gay guy friends, close girlfriends. There’s no right or wrong.

I’ve brought a good guy friend to a wedding before and it was a blast. Bring someone you’re comfortable with who can make friends. You’ll have fun!

I will say I brought a straight male friend to a wedding and everyone thought we were dating. A little awkward

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