How do you handle the dilemma of when to issue 'plus one' invitations?

By Katie Mercado, For The Baltimore Sun

1:40 PM EST, December 11, 2012


As Sam and I were putting together our guest list and reaching out for addresses, we started to receive some feedback about the "plus one" situation. I never really thought about it before but this has now raised some serious questions and debate on who, when and why a "plus one" should be included. And as all things wedding-planning go, the opinions are endless … and all different, of course!

With this, I’ve developed a rule of thumb, if you will, for how we are determining if a guest receives a plus one.

 You receive a plus one if:

 Your children are invited if:

 What do you think? Will this work? Any other suggestions? I’d love to hear insight on the whole plus one scenario from other brides, wedding experts or recently married couples on how they handled this awkward and confusing situation.

And stay tuned because when we get to the invitation stage of planning, I’m sure I’ll have more thoughts on plus one and how to include it on the invites. Even better, I’ll also touch on how to handle the uninvited plus one … how awkward that will be.