Each Wednesday, we tackle wedding etiquette. At times, it’s a reader question or one from a colleague, friend or family member and other times we’ll cover a popular issue. (Note: Questions may be edited for clarity and brevity.)


Question: My cousin isn’t in the bridal party, but we are inviting her to the rehearsal dinner, because we are both close with her. Also, she’s just a lot of fun. She’s single and plans to bring a friend as her plus one to the wedding. We included a plus one in her invite, so all is well where that is concerned, but we aren’t sure what to do about plus ones for the rehearsal. Do we have to invite a wedding guest’s date to our rehearsal dinner?

Answer: It’s up to you who attends the rehearsal. Typically, the couple’s immediate family and their significant others, as well as the bridal party and their significant others are invited. Anyone outside of that is up to the couple (and the budget for the event). If a plus one for a guest is in-budget and you want to extend it, go for it. But it’s not an obligation.


Do you have a solution to share or a wedding etiquette question? Respond in the comments or email Melanie@MyNewOrleans.com.