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'Plus One' Etiquette

'Plus One' Etiquette

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Written by: Allison Swan

Have you ever been unsure whether or not to bring a plus-one to an event? While it might seem like just one more person at a party doesn’t seem like too big of a deal, in certain situations, more isn't always merrier. If you’ve ever wondered if it’s appropriate to bring someone, here’s some general rules of thumb.

Large events

For large parties, it's probably ok to arrive with an unannounced friend, but it's best to be polite and send a quick text to the hostess before the party expressing your excitement and mentioning your guest.

Weddings, seated dinners, and events requiring tickets

If it doesn’t state that you could bring someone to any party requiring a reservation, simply don’t. There’s a reason for it—they might just want the guest list to be extremely small and intentional. The awkwardness it would cause for your hostess outweighs any it causes for you.

Flying solo

While bringing a friend along always makes things more comfortable, never hesitate to fly solo--you just never know whom you'll meet! It makes the event that much more thrilling.

A note to hostesses

If you're the hostess and the budget and space allow, indicate that your invite is meant for two by addressing it to "Jane Smith and guest." If your friend has a significant other, find the spelling of their name and list both on the invitation. 

 

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