Should I offer every guest a ‘plus one’?
It’s a tricky conundrum for any bride or groom. Offering every wedding guest a ‘plus one’ could mean the number of attendees increases dramatically. If you don’t, do you run the risk of breaking wedding etiquette? Here’s some guidance from Matthew Rycraft Photography.
Letting any single guests bring a plus one is a generous offer. It ensures they will have company, and avoids the risk that they won’t know anyone else at the wedding. Can your budget – and space – really stretch to a plus one for every single guest, though? That’s the question to consider before issuing any plus one invites.
The potential pitfall of sending plus one invitations is that guests may even feel obligated to bring a guest. This could lead to anxiety for them – as well as spiralling costs for you.
The compromise might lie in restricting those plus ones to limited guests only – those that fit certain criteria. Anyone who is married, engaged or living together will expect to be able to bring their partner, especially if the hosts have met them.
Another set of guests who are entitled to a little special treatment are the wedding party, such as any bridesmaids, best men or ushers. It’s also polite to offer a plus one to a guest when you’re aware that they will know nobody else at the wedding – your Liverpool wedding photographer will be able to capture happier pictures if nobody appears lonely.
It’s your wedding, so it’s ultimately your decision. Also consider in advance how to respond if someone asks if they can bring someone – it does happen.
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