Figuring out your guest list isnâ€™t as fun as shopping for your wedding dress or the cake-tasting, but the paring-down process can be a whole lot easier than you think. The key is to make a set of cutting rules â€” and actually stick to them until you reach your magic number. Deciding on a set of rules for both to agree on is the hard part.
Rest assured that a guest list that is bulging at the seams is a common wedding planning occurrence, and believe it or not it can be remedied somewhat painlessly.
Here are a few common tips that may help you narrow down your guest list. Mull them over together and figure out the ones that will work best for you.
- Focus On The People Who Mean The Most to You
This is your day after all and you want people there that are going to genuinely appreciate sharing this once in a lifetime moment with you and truly add to the magic of the event. Just because you invite a cousin from one side of the family, it doesnâ€™t mean that you have to invite a cousin from the other side. Despite what your parents might think, some friends will be more valued guests than certain family members, especially if those family members are long lost cousins or people that didnâ€™t even know you were engaged! Focus on the people that are present in your life now.
- Consider Whoâ€™s Paying The Bill
When getting down to the nitty gritty you have to make tough decisions about who makes the cut and who doesnâ€™t, in this case itâ€™s always good etiquette to think about who is paying for the event. Traditionally the person whoseÂ parents foot the bill means that they have a little more say over whoâ€™s in and whoâ€™s out, but the same should be applied to whoever is funding the wedding. If youâ€™re funding the wedding yourself youâ€™ll have to be as diplomatic as possible about the weighting of the guest list to ensure that both you and your future spouseÂ are happy.
- Cut Down The 1s
Donâ€™t feel obliged to invite all unmarriedÂ guests with a 1. Instead invite them solo and seat them together so they will mix and mingle. Depending on the guest, it may or may not be a big deal. If in the instance you have a friend travelling all the way across the country or to another country and they wonâ€™t know anyone else at the wedding except you, then it may be an good idea to make allowances in this case.
- Would You Be Offended If You Werenâ€™t Invited To Their Wedding?
Ask yourself how you would feel if you werenâ€™t handed an invitation to their wedding. Your answer should indicate how important it is to invite them to yours. Wedding invites tend to be reciprocated so if you would feel upset about being missed off of their guest list, it might be a good idea to include them on yours. Obviously this method doesnâ€™t work if youâ€™re super sensitive and would be offended by not getting an invite to everyoneâ€™s wedding!
- Make Your Wedding Adults-Only
One of the quickest ways a wedding guest list can spiral out of control is when you start factoring in everybodyâ€™s children. While you may ideally like to invite everyone and their families, where do you draw the line? By hosting an adult-only wedding youâ€™re making the decision easy and ensuring that thereâ€™s more seats available for other guests. One great way to deal with the issue is to arrange for a â€˜babysitter roomâ€™ somewhere at the venue where guests can drop off their children for the duration of the wedding and reception dinner, before allowing the kids to come and join in on the evening entertainment.
- Consider a Smaller WeddingÂ
Cutting your guest list right down to just your family and closest friends is one of the most effective methods for keeping the list a manageable size and avoiding offending people at the same time. By organizing a more intimate event, itâ€™s much simpler to decide on the list, and those who donâ€™t get an invite will understand the situation. You can always organize a cocktail party to celebrate the big news with your wider circle of friends and colleagues once you get back from your honeymoon.
- Donâ€™t Let Yourself Be Pressured
Lastly, donâ€™t feel pressured to invite someone that you really arenâ€™t excited about, or just because you were invited to their wedding. You may feel bad about cutting people, but the reality is that it is one of the best ways to save lots of money so you can still have the wedding of your dreams.
Remember, in the end, this day is about you and your love alone. It is more important for you two than it is for any of the wedding guests you are considering inviting.
Just be happy!