Wedding Guest List Concerns

I am inviting cousins to my wedding, but I do not want them to bring a "guest" unless it is someone to whom they are going to marry someday. How do I tell them the invite is for them only, not with a guest who is just a friend or they are dating? We are trying to limit the number of guests to just family and close friends.

Our Thoughts

You have to draw the line somewhere when it comes to your guest list, and the easiest way to do that is to define some rules.

For example, some couples don’t invite any coworkers or extended family that neither of them knows. In your case a rule would be that cousins have to be engaged or in a long term committed relationship in order to bring a guest.

You would simply address the invitation to only the person you are inviting and not include “and Guest”. For those cousins that are in a long term relationship, address it to him or her and Guest.

If you are asked about this, simply explain that you had to cut off your guest list somewhere, and this is how you chose to do it. You may even want to spread the word before you send out your invitations to make it a little easier and less of a surprise.

To Your Wedding!
Danielle & Stephen

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