Ask Christina: Plus One or Plue None?
What is the etiquette (for budget minded couples) on whether or not to invite a +1 for all of your single friends? It seems to cut into the overall number of guests that a couple would be able to extend invites to…
This is a common question I get from all my clients.
Adding plus ones has a few pros and cons:
Pro: More people to celebrate your wedding day!
Con: Costs you more money and also may limit the number of other people you’d like to invite.
Pro: Your guest will have a date and someone to chat and dance with all night.
Con: He/She could bring any random date who you’ve never met and makes for an uncomfortable situation when the date gets really wasted and tries to make a speech.
My basis rules for inviting a plus one requires the couple to fit into one of these categories:
1) Couple must be serious (dating for a long time or couple is a committed relationship)
2) Couple must be living together
3) Couple is engaged
4) Couple is married
Now, if you have a minimum guest count for a venue and need to fill up seats, adding plus ones is a great idea. Also, if you have extra room in your budget to allow your single guests to bring a date of their choice, that’s fine too.
Special circumstances can be made such as:
1) Guest would not know anyone else at the wedding except bride and groom
2) Guest is traveling overseas for wedding, so would probably be traveling with a companion
Speaking of plus ones, there is always an issue of guests who feel like they can bring their whole posse. What to do about extra uninvited guests? Stay tuned!