Etiquette Questions, Answered: Weddings
Should We Let Single Friends Bring a Guest?
Q. Should we put “and guest” on the invitations addressed to our single friends?
North Potomac, Maryland
A. The short answer is: Yes, you should. I know, inviting extra people is prohibitively expensive. But look at it this way: If your married or seriously involved friends get to bring along their spouses or significant others, why should your single friends be, in a sense, punished for not having a special someone in their lives? At a wedding—an event that’s dedicated to the joys of coupledom and is attended mostly by couples—the least you can do is offer your single pals the option of bringing a guest of their choosing, platonic or otherwise. And here’s an extra incentive: If you’re gracious enough to extend a "plus one" to all your single friends, some of them will probably make a kind gesture of their own—by coming alone.
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