Do I Have to Give My Single Wedding Guests a Plus-One?

Invitation etiquette for plus-ones

Photo: Heather Kincaid

Wedding invitations create quite a few sticky etiquette situations, one of the trickiest relating to plus-ones. How do you decide who (aside from married couples, of course) gets to bring a date? Our wedding experts are here to answer your etiquette questions in our daily post.

I'm inviting friends to our wedding whom I know do not have a significant other. Do I still have to include a guest on their invitations?

Nope. You're expected to invite the spouses, fiancés, live-in partners, and serious beaus of your guests, but anyone less committed can fly solo. Just make sure that what you think of as "less committed" mirrors the sentiment of the guest that falls into that gray area, to avoid offending someone who's fallen head-over-heels in the last three weeks. Ask a trusted friend if you aren't positive about someone's dating status. Rest assured that at least one or two of your single pals will call and ask about bringing a tag-along. If they do, tell them that you simply can't accommodate any extra guests. If they refuse to come without a date, then so be it. Invite someone else who might turn out to be a better friend in the long run.

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