(Closed) Where do you draw the line on Plus-Ones?

posted 7 years ago in Etiquette
Post # 3
3314 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

I gave everyone a +1.  It was easier for me and then I knew that everyone had someone there that they felt comfy with!  🙂

Are you having issues with budget or space?  If not, I’d probably just give them +1’s and call it a day.  If you are, then with the family situation you mentioned, I’d probably not give +1’s to the cousins unless they are married or engaged.

Post # 5
8353 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2011

I left the plus one option open to everyone. I also thought that if they were willing to travel to our wedding that it would be nice for them to be able to bring someone along, so they wouldn’t have to travel alone.

Post # 6
2580 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

I have actually traveled alone to a couple of weddings (right before I was engaged), and it wasn’t a big deal to me. As long as I had friends at the wedding, it wasn’t a problem.

We’re generally drawing the line at not giving plus ones unless the couple is engaged/married aside from the wedding party (who will all get a plus 1) and in cases where a guest may not know anyone else. Otherwise, if there are people we see socially as a couple, we will invite both. We’re trying to look at it on a case-by-case basis, but we are on a budget so if we have to trim our guest lists, plus ones will be our first place to cut.

Post # 7
39 posts
  • Wedding: August 2011

We are doing +1’s for anyone who is actually dating someone who is local, and +1’s for all out of town guests.  Basically, almost everyone is getting a +1, who would be likely to want to bring them. 

We aren’t too keen on having people bring a random friend, or family member, but if they are out of town then so be it.


Post # 8
2116 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

We’re not inviting anyone that we didn’t know existed before the wedding.. so nobody is getting “and guest” but if we know their partners name, they’re invited, make sense? We’re trying for a small a wedding as possibly but my family is huge so we’re inviting 140 anyways.. no room for randos at my wedding, plus why would i want them there?

Post # 9
3049 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: January 1991

I would never give extended family members a +1 unless they were dating someone. It just seems to me that they can hang out with their other family members.

We are only giving +1 to a few family members who are dating, and a few friends who aren’t dating… but won’t know that many people at the wedding. All my college friends are going solo because they all know each other and can hang out with each other. His friends all know each other as well… so we didn’t feel the need to do a +1 for them. We are just trying to trim down the guest list as much as possible!

Post # 10
941 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

We’re doing +1 for people who are in a relationship, or for those who don’t know anyone else.  Though it would be nice to provide everyone a +1 option, our list is already bigger than our venue allows.  So, this seems like the best compromise.  

Post # 11
79 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

I would ask their parents if they are in a relationship and then just plus one the ones who were. (If you guys are close you could just ask them themselves!!)

Post # 12
2907 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

I’m only adding a +1 on the invite if they have a live-in or are married or engaged.

BUT if they ask later, and say I can only make it if I come with so-and-so, I will discuss it then.


Post # 13
148 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

I agree with ellabee.  I am currently dealing with the “plus one” situation.  Because of our age (23 & 24), a substantial number of our friends are single.  Pretty soon we noticed that every person was equaling two, or families of 4 were more like 6.  This means that a large number of our guests are going to be people that we don’t even know.  These people will be at our rehearsal dinner (wedding party plus ones), in our pictures, and taking the seats that closer friends could be filling.  So we decided to make a blanket rule: guests ONLY receive a plus one if they have a serious significant other/spouse, or won’t know anyone else at the wedding.  This helped out a lot and actually most of our friends were completely fine with it!

I would definitely apply this to the cousins because they will have their parents and siblings at the wedding, so why do they need a random date anyway?

Post # 14
67 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

I’m giving everyone a +1. I know a lot of people won’t use it, and that there are some families who won’t be able to make it… I just remember being invited to a family member’s wedding a few years ago and me and my sister not getting a +1 even though we were both dating people we had been living with for years, and it seemed weird.

The topic ‘Where do you draw the line on Plus-Ones?’ is closed to new replies.

Find Amazing Vendors