To Plus-One or Not to Plus-One: Making Decisions for Your Wedding Guests

As a wedding officiant, I've seen a range of ways that plus-ones are handled. Some couples are very generous with their invites, while others are more selective. There's no right or wrong answer, but it's important to be mindful of wedding etiquette when making your decisions.

Here are a few things to keep in mind:
  • Consider your budget. One of the biggest factors to consider when deciding who gets a plus-one is your budget. If you're on a tight budget, you may need to limit the number of plus-ones you give out.
  • Think about your guests' relationships. Another important factor to consider is your guests' relationships. If you know that two guests are dating, it's polite to invite them both. However, if you're not sure if two guests are more than friends, it's best to err on the side of caution and not give them a plus-one.
  • Be flexible. Things change, so be prepared to be flexible with your plus-one policy. If a guest asks for a plus-one and you've already given out all of your invites, don't be afraid to make an exception. Just be sure to communicate with the guest as soon as possible so that they can make arrangements.
Here are a few additional tips for handling plus-ones:
  • Be clear about your expectations. When you send out your invitations, be sure to specify whether or not guests are allowed to bring a plus-one. You can also include a note about your budget or the number of plus-ones you're willing to give out.
  • Be respectful of your guests' choices. If a guest chooses not to bring a plus-one, don't take it personally. There could be a number of reasons why they've made this decision, so it's important to respect their choice.
  • Have fun! Your wedding is a special day, so don't let plus-ones stress you out. Just relax and enjoy the celebration with your loved ones.
I hope these tips help you navigate the tricky world of wedding plus-ones. Just remember to be mindful of your guests' feelings and your budget, and you'll be sure to make the right decision for your big day.