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How To Get Out Of Awkward Wedding Scenarios

07 May 2019

In the midst of all the fun wedding planning tasks like choosing a dress and taste testing your reception menu, will inevitably crop up some not so fun tasks like dealing with the awkwardness that is being asked for an unplanned plus one to certain people getting way too involved with your day. Some may be handled with a straightforward response, others will require more diplomacy than a sitting of the UN. Here are some common scenarios and how to sidestep them all.

You’re not sure how to say you don’t want kids at your wedding…

Tiny humans are great but sometimes said tiny humans might not be invited to your wedding, and you’ve got to let your guests know in the nicest way possible. Usually addressing the invitation specifically to only the people invited will subtly get the hint across. But yes, sometimes some people aren’t as *ahem* receptive to hints so the best thing to do is to say something along the lines of we love [insert kid’s name here] but we have opted to keep our wedding an adults-only event. If they persist, then blame it on space/budget constraints.

A guest asks for a plus one and they weren’t originally given one…

Wedding guest lists are tight, so when someone asks for a plus one that’s not planned it can be a ginormous pain. Even more so because you now have to figure out a way to gently inform them that no, it’s not possible for them to bring a random you’ve never met to partake in your special day. If you don’t want to flat out say no (which we understand can be awks), you can always blame the reception venue by saying, unfortunately, they have very strict numbers and that you are currently at capacity. Or just put it down to a strict budget which means you’re limited to a certain number of guests.

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Someone assumes they’ve been invited and, well, they haven’t…

Weddings make people do bizarre things and this is truly one of them. If you have to deal with someone who hasn’t received a wedding invitation but assumes they’re invited anyway, it’s best to just be straightforward. Be upfront and say that it would have been great to have everyone there but you’ve opted to keep your wedding a small affair and as such only close family and friends are invited. If you want to soften the blow a little, refer to the trusty budget/capacity excuse.

Your future in-laws keep wanting to get involved…

You may encounter the fact that one or both of your future in-laws are all of a sudden very invested in your special day and, as a result, are right up there in your business. It’s only natural that they are very excited and as such want to be a part of everything, but so they don’t end up getting amongst absolutely every facet of the day, think of some things you can allocate to them. For example, is there a particular job that you think they’d be particularly good at handling? If so, definitely delegate. It’ll make them feel useful/important and it also means they’ll leave you to do your own thing.

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Tania Gomez.