It’s always a hard one when planning who to invite to your big day. Let’s face it, weddings are expensive and the more guests you invite, the bigger the bill will be. Starting out life as a newly married couple doesn’t have to result in getting a 2nd mortgage. Here’s some tips from the experts on how to curb that list, and if this means 3rd cousin twice removed Norris isn’t invited, then so be it. You can’t please everyone, and lets face it reducing the guest list is the only way to truly cut costs.
Firstly, figure out which is more important to you. A specific venue or more guests? A small boutique vineyard may appeal to you, but won’t be able to house 250 guests.
Who’s footing the bill? If parents are paying, then they usually have more say over the list. If you’re throwing your own ‘do’, then allocate a specific number of guests to each side of the family, and let them choose.
A wedding isn’t an excuse to round up every long lost friend you’ve known since kindergarten. Don’t feel guilty for not inviting cousins that you haven’t seen in years. Focus on the here and now…. Who do you enjoy spending time with? Have you talked to this person in the last year? Do you spend time socially with them outside of work? Do they know your partner? These are just a few of the questions that need to be asked, so you can start whittling away…… If in doubt, follow this fun chart. Happy culling….
Wedding Stationery: Claire Robertson Design Guest List Manager: Emmalinebride.com