Finalizing your Guest List — Who Gets a Plus One

New Year's Eve Wedding

Final­iz­ing your guest list can often be a big­ger chal­lenge than many cou­ples antic­i­pate.  Some ques­tions you should con­sid­er when choos­ing this list of indi­vid­u­als are: how many peo­ple can your venue fit, how many peo­ple do you want in atten­dance, who gets a plus one, and how you may nar­row down your list. This task may seem tedious at first, but we can assure you that it is eas­i­er than you think.  This list will help you con­quer these ques­tions to make the process fun and free of stress, as it should be!

1.) How many people can your venue fit?

It is impor­tant when choos­ing your guest list to con­sid­er how many indi­vid­u­als your venue can hold. Pri­or to cre­at­ing your guest list, it is cru­cial to find out the exact num­ber of indi­vid­u­als that will fit com­fort­ably in the space you will be using. Fur­ther­more, it is impor­tant to remem­ber that venues have spe­cif­ic require­ments for how many indi­vid­u­als the facil­i­ty can hold in total and, and going over that num­ber is a def­i­nite no. When cre­at­ing your guest list, keep this in mind and know the exact num­ber of indi­vid­u­als the facil­i­ty can hold legal­ly. If your guest list num­ber is over the amount that the venue can hold, then nar­row­ing the list down may be necessary.

2.) How many people do you want in attendance?

For each cou­ple, this is going to be based on per­son­al pref­er­ence.  We urge you to con­sid­er oth­er aspects that may help you deter­mine how many peo­ple you want in atten­dance besides the max­i­mum venue total. When choos­ing your guest list, it is cru­cial to look at the bud­get. A bulk of your cost for your wed­ding will be for the food and bev­er­ages for your guests. One thing to con­sid­er is that with a small­er guest list you could save on oth­er com­po­nents involved in your wed­ding such as décor, favors, and your rentals.

3.) Who gets a plus one?

Ah, the gold­en ques­tion. Gen­er­al­ly, the rule of plus one’s is that those who are mar­ried, engaged, or are in seri­ous rela­tion­ships should be allowed to bring a date. The rule of invit­ing those who are in seri­ous rela­tion­ships can be inter­pret­ed dif­fer­ent­ly among cou­ples. To get anoth­er per­spec­tive from cou­ples, we also found a forum between cou­ples dis­cussing who should get plus-ones on The Knot which can be found here.

4.) How do you narrow down your guest list? 

Often when cre­at­ing guest lists, cou­ples cre­ate a List A and a List B. List A is com­prised of the indi­vid­u­als whose atten­dance is essen­tial at the wed­ding, includ­ing imme­di­ate fam­i­ly mem­bers and close friends. List B is com­prised of indi­vid­u­als who the cou­ple could poten­tial­ly see at their wed­ding, but they are not 100% about invit­ing. If an indi­vid­ual on List A can­not attend then the cou­ple can resort to List B and invite some­one from there. When cre­at­ing these lists, it allows for the cou­ple to pick and choose who they real­ly want to attend their spe­cial day, allow­ing the cou­ple to be more selec­tive in nar­row­ing their list.

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