How to Cut Your Guest List
Weddings are such a joyous occasion that it is normal for
you and your parents to want to share your special day with
everyone! However, most of us can't afford a wedding in which
we invite everyone. So, often comes the time for some difficult
decisions over who should be cut from the guest list.
The first step is to go through your guest list and put an
"A" or a "B" next to each name. The A's
are the absolute "must invites" and the B list is
The next step -- Cut the "B list". Ask yourself
these three questions:
- Have I seen this person in the last 12 months?
- Have I spoken with this person in the last 6 months?
- Did I send this person a Christmas card last
If you answered "no" to all of the questions above,
it's probably a good idea to cut this person from your guest
Still need to do some more cutting? Well, here are some more
- Don't invite your parents' friends, particularly if you
don't know them very well. There is ONE EXCEPTION to this
rule. If your parents are paying for all or a majority of
the wedding expenses, they may be entitled to "more"
input regarding the guest list and other areas of the wedding
- Don't invite old high school or college friends that
you know you'll never see again.
- Don't invite second and third cousins.
- Don't invite business associates (unless of course, it's
- Don't invite children.
- Don't allow single people (those without "significant
others") to bring a date.
- Don't invite people just because you were invited to
their wedding. If you've lost touch with them... don't feel
obligated to invite them to your wedding.
You may feel badly about cutting people from your guest
list - but remember - this is the fastest way to save money
on your wedding expenses!
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