How To Trim Your Guest List
We all want the entire world to share in our special days. But, we can’t always afford that. So, we’ve come up with a few ways to trim that guest list as best you can.
First of all, start by making two lists: A and B. Put everyone that absolutely has to be there on list A. Put everyone else on list B. Then, begin weeding out those on list B. You can do this by asking yourself a few questions like how long you’ve known that person, when was the last time you saw that person, would your wedding be less exciting if they weren’t there, etc.
It is okay to leave off friends you haven’t seen in a while, and those friends that you’re pretty sure you won’t see ever again. If you haven’t been in contact with a particular person for over a year, it probably isn’t necessary to invite them to your wedding.
Some couples opt for very small weddings, inviting only close family, so that no one feels left out. There is no arguing when you simply invite immediate family and grandparents.
Try to cut down your parents’ list. No doubt your parents need to have a say in who comes to your wedding – especially when they are helping you pay for the big day. But, we would suggest you kindly talk to your parents about the guest list issues. Maybe after this conversation, they can help you weed out people on their list, as well. Being open and honest about budget issues can help everyone get on the same page about how large (or small) the guest list needs to be.
Inviting third and fourth cousins gets exhausting. If you haven’t seen them in over a year and a half, maybe they shouldn’t make the cut. Also, don’t feel bad about not inviting coworkers or business associates.