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Polite Way to Say No Extra Guests on Wedding Invitations

If you have a limited budget or seating, you might be looking for a polite way to say no extra guests at your wedding. This is also important if you have decided not to have kids at your wedding. Here are some ideas!

So, what is a polite way to say no extra guests? The best way to politely inform guests that they can not bring a plus one is to have a line on your RSVP card which says “We have reserved [X] seats in your honor”. Then have a line below that says ” ___ of x will attend” . This tells guests that you are only planning on a certain number of guests from his or her invitation.

Here is more advice on how to politely say no extra guests on your wedding invitations and RSVP cards.

Wedding Announcement Wording for Uninvited Guests

I am sorry but we are not allowing our guests to bring dates that we did not invite, we really want an small intimate wedding with those who are truly close with us and not strangers.
Due to our budget restrictions we cannot allow extra guests at this time, but we will be sure to seat you with people you know and love!
Please restrict the attendees in your party to those listed on your invitation. We wish we could accommodate all our friends and family, but resources restrict this. We hope that we are able to celebrate with others at a later date!
In order to keep numbers to a minimum we are only able to accommodate guests named on this invite.

Should I Invite Certain People to My Ceremony and Not My Reception?

When deciding who you should decide to invite to your wedding, it can be hard to choose. You often want to accommodate everyone as much as you can, leaving the choice to invite certain people solely to your ceremony or reception.

Distant family. Of course, you would invite any close family members to both your ceremony and reception. But if you are trying to aim for a smaller wedding, than more distant family members could be invited to just your ceremony. This would especially work well if they had to travel a distance.

Close family or friends. Anyone who you are really close to you would usually invite to both ceremony and reception. Sometimes you could just have all your immediate family at your ceremony, and everyone else attends your reception. If you have limited space to have your ceremony, this would be ideal. It also cuts the cost of things like food or having to rent a large facility.

Private wedding. If you have a limited budget, a good idea may be to have a quiet private wedding with only two witnesses or very close family members. You could have this done anywhere quiet, or even a courthouse wedding. You could then later have a small reception and invite other friends and family to celebrate your wedding. This is perfect if you don’t have much money to work with or you want something small. It takes away from the hassle of finding the perfect location to have your wedding.

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