Navigating Plus-One Etiquette

Plus-one Wedding Invitation with florals

If you've ever received an invitation that includes a plus-one, you may have wondered what that means. Does it mean you can bring anyone you want? Are there rules to follow? Navigating plus-one etiquette can be tricky, but it's important to know the rules so you don't offend your host or cause any awkward situations. In this article, we'll guide you through the do's and don'ts of bringing a plus-one to events.

What is a Plus-One?

A plus-one at a wedding is an invitation extended to a guest, allowing them to bring one additional person with them to the wedding ceremony and/or reception. This is often seen as a way to include a guest's significant other, but can also be extended to close friends or family members. A plus-one is typically indicated on the wedding invitation with "and guest" or a similar phrasing. It's important to note that not all wedding invitations include a plus-one, and it's best to follow the instructions on the invitation regarding the number of guests allowed.

Do’s of Bringing a Plus-One:

  1. RSVP with your plus-one's name - It's important to let the couple know who will be attending their wedding with you. Make sure to include your plus-one's name when you RSVP so the couple can plan accordingly.

  2. Consider the dress code - If the wedding has a specific dress code, make sure your plus-one is aware of it so they can dress appropriately.

  3. Introduce your plus-one to the couple - When you arrive at the wedding or at the reception, make sure to introduce your plus-one to the couple so they feel welcomed.

Don'ts of Bringing a Plus-One:

  1. Don't bring someone who wasn't invited - Only bring the person who was specifically invited as your plus-one. If the invitation just says “and guest”, then you are free to bring whoever you choose as your date.

  2. Don't bring someone who will cause drama - If you're bringing a date, make sure they are someone who will behave appropriately at the event. Don't bring someone who will cause drama or make others uncomfortable.

  3. Don't forget to thank the host - After the event, make sure to thank the couple for inviting you and your date. A thank you note or message is always appreciated.

Handling a Wedding Plus-One Invitation

Receiving a wedding invitation with a plus-one can be exciting, but it's important to handle the invitation appropriately. If you're in a committed relationship, it's generally expected that you'll bring your significant other as your plus-one. However, if you're single or dating someone casually, it's important to consider a few things before choosing a plus-one for a wedding. First, make sure the person you're considering bringing is someone who will enjoy the event and behave appropriately. A wedding is a formal event, and you want to make sure that your plus-one is dressed appropriately and able to engage with other guests in a friendly manner. Second, consider if the wedding is an appropriate setting to introduce someone new to your friends or family members. Weddings can be emotional events, and you want to make sure that your plus-one is able to handle the social dynamics and expectations of the event. Finally, if you're unsure about who to bring, it's always best to reach out to the wedding couple or the person who sent the invitation and ask for guidance. They will be happy to provide you with advice and suggestions, and it's always better to ask than to assume. Handling a wedding plus-one invitation with care and consideration will help ensure that you and your guest have a wonderful time at the wedding.

Navigating plus-one etiquette can seem daunting, but with a little consideration and communication, it's easy to handle. Whether you're the one extending the invitation or the one receiving it, it's important to keep in mind that the purpose of a plus-one is to make everyone feel included and welcome. When in doubt, it's always best to ask for guidance or clarification. By following these simple guidelines, you can ensure that your plus-one experience is a positive one for everyone involved. Remember, weddings and other events are meant to be enjoyed and shared with loved ones, so don't let plus-one etiquette get in the way of creating lasting memories.