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By sticking to your guns, you become one step closer to the wedding that you want—not one that guests have dictated.6.Don’t Worry About “Returning Plus-One Favors”If you and your partner are invited to a friend’s wedding, don’t feel obligated to return the plus-one favor (seriously).But creating a “singles-only” table could give off the impression you’re corralling your single pals.Instead, place them between outgoing and friendly couples who they’ll likely get along with.This is not always the case, particularly with more modern invitations.If you’re only including one envelope or sending an online invitation, be sure to address all invitees clearly and up-front.
Not only does a happy wedding party make a happy couple, but allowing a bridesmaid to bring her new boyfriend, for example, is a small token of appreciation you can offer in exchange for her efforts and support, suggests Harrison.
“[Guest list] suggestions are inevitable—and difficult to avoid—so it’s best to have a plan in place to prevent being caught off guard and agreeing to suggestions you might later regret.” Start by making an exhaustive list of every member in your extended family you hope to see at your wedding, including significant others who fall outside your family tree (use Excel or a Google Doc to keep a growing headcount). While it’s common courtesy to always invite both members of a married couple to family weddings (regardless of whether or not you’re close with both parties), fresh relationships and singletons are trickier to navigate.
If you’re looking to host an intimate wedding with an intimate guest list to match, stay true to your vision and nix all plus-ones you’re not overly acquainted with.
If the couple is in a relationship, list both guests by their full names.
If you’re allowing a guest to bring a casual date, write your friend’s name and then “and guest.”4.