By Michaela Keating
Assessing who to invite to your wedding day can be a stressful aspect of the wedding planning process, so we’re swooping in to help you de-clutter the mess between plus ones and just the one’s.
Make your guest list
Before deciding on who gets a plus one, take a step back and get a clear idea of who you want to invite to your wedding day. Whether you have the means to have a large or small wedding, making sure that important guests are first on the list is your first port of call. Once that group is sorted, it’s time to decide on certain groups in your social circle and who will be sharing the happiest day of your life with you, such as co-workers, neighbours, distant cousins and so on. Consider their presence in your life and if it’s enough to justify sending them out a precious invite to your wedding.
The bridal party
Your bridal party is a collection of some of your all-time favourites including family and friends, so they definitely feature on the definite plus one list. Whether or not they have a spouse, give them the chance to bring someone they're dating so they can enjoy all of the romantic feels from your wedding day.
Good friends and close family members
Besties in your close circle of friends can be granted the option of a plus one for your wedding day. They've been with through thick and thin so bringing a date to your wedding is a given. The same goes for close family members such as a cousin you are close to ever since childhood.
Distant relatives and parent invites
Often there are people invited to your big day that you may not know really well or that your parents have asked to be invited. Before offering a plus one to these guests, find out if they are single or if they would know people at your wedding without bringing a plus one. If they are a distant relative, seat them with the side of the family they will know most people on to make sure they have a great day when they don't necessarily have to invite someone. Also factor in people that are married and reduce numbers by extending an invite to the couple only and not their children.