Let’s face it, weddings are always going to be more expensive than what you originally planned. With all of the big (and little) things eating away at your budget limiting your guest count is a great way to help cut costs. Although breaking this news to loved ones can seem intimidating, we’ve explained the three most heartfelt ways to do so.
Including an additional note in your wedding invitation is the easiest way to have it formally brought to your guest’s attention. Simple sayings like “we’ve always dreamed of a close, intimate wedding. For this reason, we ask that you do not bring a plus one” or “we are unable to accommodate plus ones at our wedding” will prevent the invitee from questioning whether they’re allowed to or not and hopefully prevent them from asking to do so on a later date.
Address the Wedding Invitation
When creating the wedding invitation, make sure to state the specific person that it’s meant for on the address line. If you are allowing them to bring a guest, include the guest’s name as well or simply state “plus one guest”.
Limit the Number on the Response Card
To avoid any confusion, it doesn’t hurt to fill in the invitee’s name and “number of guests” on their RSVP card. If you write this information in yourself it will prevent them from having the opportunity to invite another person without okaying it with you a head of time.
Navigating these emotional waters can seem a little tricky at first but wanting to limit your guest count is completely understandable. If you include a printed note, address the invitation correctly, or fill in the response card yourself you should be able to avoid the case of uncertainty. If all else fails, have an open and honest conversation with your invitee!