ICYMI, the world’s most famous bridesmaid is tying the knot on May 20th. Pippa Middleton and her hedge fund beau James Matthews are having a quintessentially English country celebration at her parent’s sprawling manor estate in Bucklebury. There have been lots of rumours circulating about the wedding, all focused on whether certain other famous attendees will be upstaging the bride.
It is rumoured that sister Kate will not be Pippa’s MOH or even in the wedding party for this very reason. Somewhat understandable as she is one of the most famous and photographed woman in the world (but let’s remember Pippa famously upstaged Kate on her wedding day).
The latest stage-stealer making headlines is Meghan Markle. It’s been reported that Pips is enforcing a ‘no ring, no bring’ policy at her wedding. This means only guests that are engaged or married can bring their partner. Is it just us, or is Pippa sounding like a huge bridezilla?!
Couples typically limit ‘plus ones’ to keep budgets and guest lists in check, but this is not usually an option for guests that have been in long-term partnerships, regardless of whether they are wearing rings or not. In most cases this type of policy would only apply to single guests or those who are in very new relationships.
“Every couple needs some parameters to keep their guest list contained—some guidelines for who is invited can be first cousins only or only people you’ve had dinner with as a couple in the past year,” says Karen Cleveland, a Toronto-based etiquette expert. “Having some sort of ‘rule’ in place takes the subjectivity out it, so it’s not personal if someone isn’t invited. As for the ‘no ring, no bring’ policy, I can’t help but feeling it’s a little too limited. Tons of couples choose not to get hitched, which doesn’t make their relationships any less valid. If you spend time with a couple together, wouldn’t it make sense that they celebrate your wedding together?”
What ever the reason you may chose for enforcing a no ‘plus one’ rule with some of your party people, we must warn you to prepare yourself for back talk. Though this idea may sound good in theory, it rarely goes over well.