Plus One is Expensive

Wedding Planning Tips


Navigating the issue of plus ones can indeed be a challenging aspect of wedding planning, but it’s important to establish clear guidelines early on to avoid misunderstandings and hurt feelings later. Here are some tips to consider when dealing with plus ones:

  1. Establish Criteria: Determine who qualifies for a plus one based on your relationship with the guest and your budget constraints. Typically, married couples and long-term partners are entitled to a plus one, while single guests may not automatically receive one.
  2. Be Consistent: Once you’ve set your criteria for plus ones, stick to it consistently across your guest list. This helps prevent any perception of favoritism or unfair treatment among your guests. If you make exceptions for some guests, be prepared to justify your decision to others.
  3. Communicate Clearly: Include clear instructions on your wedding invitations regarding who is invited and whether they are allowed to bring a guest. Use specific language such as “We have reserved [guest’s name] one seat” to indicate whether a plus one is included.
  4. Consider Budget and Space: Remember that every additional guest adds to your overall wedding expenses, from catering costs to seating arrangements. Be mindful of your budget and venue capacity when deciding on plus ones to avoid exceeding your limits.
  5. Be Prepared for Questions: Anticipate that some guests may inquire about bringing a plus one, especially if they are accustomed to doing so at other events. Have a polite but firm response ready to explain your decision and reassure them that it’s not personal.
  6. Offer Alternatives: If you’re unable to accommodate plus ones for all guests due to space or budget constraints, consider alternative ways to include them in the celebration. This could involve inviting them to pre-wedding events or hosting a post-wedding gathering for all guests.
  7. Consider Individual Circumstances: Be open to exceptions in certain cases where a plus one may be warranted, such as guests who are traveling long distances or those who may not know many other attendees. Use your discretion and empathy to evaluate each situation on a case-by-case basis.
  8. Plan Ahead: Address the issue of plus ones early in the planning process to avoid last-minute stress or conflicts. Make decisions about your guest list and plus one policy well in advance, and communicate them clearly to all parties involved.

Ultimately, the key is to approach the issue of plus ones with sensitivity, fairness, and consistency, while also being mindful of your own wedding priorities and constraints. By setting clear guidelines and communicating openly with your guests, you can navigate this potentially tricky aspect of wedding planning with grace and confidence.

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