How to Word a Wedding Invitation to Say No Extra Guests

Wedding planning can be stressful. There’s a lot to do, and a lot of people to please. But, it’s important to keep in mind that you don’t need to invite every single person you know. There are several reasons why you’d want to limit the number of guests for your wedding. For example: venue capacity, seating indoors and outdoors (especially if you must rent the tables and chairs), and catering (and alcoholic beverages). Today I’ll be sharing tips on how to word a wedding invitation to say no extra guests without sounding rude to your loved ones. 

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Here’s how to say no plus ones on your wedding invites

  1. Include only the guest’s name that you are inviting 

Some examples to do this include: Sam Smith or For Sam Smith Only 

  1. If you want to invite someone who your friend or family member is seriously dating, include their name on the invitation as well. 

For instance, you would write Sam Smith and Jessica Brown.

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How to word wedding invitation to say no extra guests online

Nowadays, more and more couples are using online wedding websites to inform guests. Almost a decade ago, Pedro and I used one as well. If you plan to use an online RSVP service or wedding website like Zola, The Knot, or Wedding Chicks. Here’s how to say no plus ones for your wedding guests.

  1. Remove the option that allows them to add additional guests. 
  2. Make a note on your wedding website or RSVP page. I recommend doing this in a few different places. Maybe at the top or middle of your home page, and then again on the actual page that gives instructions on how to RSVP.
  3. Add a note to the email or text message link
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How to word wedding invitation to say no extra guests on printed stationery

For printed invitations, I recommend removing any additional spacing or lines. This will prevent confusion as to what to do with the “extra space”. If they have questions, they can reach out to you or another close guest who’s privy to this information. From there you can provide clarification, if you wish.

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Sample wedding invitation wording for no extra guests

I understand everyone isn’t swell with words. So here’s a few examples on how you can word your wedding invitations or notes: 

Thank you for your appreciation. Due to limited seating arrangements, invitations are limited to specified guests only. 

We appreciate your support and appreciation of our union. We are only able to accomodate guests named on the invitations. Thank you for celebrating with us.

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Allowing a plus one on your wedding invitation

In all fairness, if you want guests to bring a plus one, state “for single guests only”. I strongly suggest not to pick and choose which guests you will allow to do this and which ones you won’t. 

Another option is to simply list your invite’s name and add “plus 1” for each guest you intend on allowing a plus one. This will inform them that they can bring a guest. 

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Conclusion 

In conclusion, I hope this post was helpful if you were looking for a creative way to say “no extra guests”. The last thing you want to do is have guests you didn’t plan to seat or feed show up. With that being said, whether you choose to allow plus ones or not, it’s important to communicate your expectations with your guests.

Niesha Fuentes

Niesha Fuentes

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My name is Niesha Fuentes and I am a wedding photographer based in the beautiful state of Texas. My style is laid back, but professional. I specialize in natural-looking candid elopement and wedding photography. My job is to capture and create timeless memories, so that you can have an unforgettable wedding day experience.

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