How to Turn Down a Wedding Invitation (or Attend a Wedding Alone)

An attached wedding guest is invited — without a plus-one. Should she turn down the invite? Or go alone?

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Sometimes, a limited wedding budget (or another issue altogether) forces a bridal couple to cut their guest list. While not many people enjoy attending a wedding alone, they must always try to be sensitive to the couple’s wishes.

Dear Wedding Guru: “I’ve been invited to a friend’s wedding. The bride and groom both know that I’ve been in a long-term relationship with someone. Despite this, I’ve been invited to attend solo. I’m going to decline the invitation, because I simply wouldn’t have any fun going alone. Should I tell the bride and groom the reason why I’m not attending?”

(Our answer on next page)

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Tying the knot shouldn't put knots in your stomach, so whether you're the blushing bride, hubby-to-be, or even a wedding guest, The Wedding Guru Judy Lewis can answer all of your wedding-related questions.

This blog hails from, the one-stop resource for services and products, promotions and specials, a Regional Bridal Show schedule, Wed Shop, and links to money-saving and wedding-related Web sites.

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