Destination Bliss Volume 3 - Page 14

T he old adage “less is more” is a sound approach when thinking about who to include on your guest list. From activities and transportation to food and drink, it adds up. Remember, weddings are priced on a per head basis, so keeping the numbers down will keep the cost down and also create a more intimate setting. If you’re struggling with where to start on your guest list, follow these tips. By Jonathan Hermann Invite Only Current Friends and Family Only invite the people you’re closest with. Just because they are a work associate or someone you met a few times in college, it doesn’t mean they need an invitation. The same goes for family. If you were in diapers the last time your great aunt saw you, it’s probably not essential you invite her. Keep Things Fair on Both Sides Both sets of parents should get the same number of invitations to hand out. However, if either of your parents are picking up the bill for even part of the wedding, then they get a bigger say in who makes the cut. Create A & B Lists The A-list consists of people you can’t imagine getting married without. Your B-list might be more distant relatives or friends you haven’t seen in a while that you’d like to invite. Write out your “A-list” first and see where that gets you, then start adding in your “B-list”. Establish a Rule for Plus-ones Plus-ones can be tricky. These seemingly small inclusions can add big costs to your wedding. The best way to handle this is to make a blanket rule for all your guests. This rule can be that they must be dating for at least 6 months, or you have to meet the guest’s significant other prior to the wedding. Make sure everyone is held accountable to the same rule. Make a Firm Decision on Kids Kids create an entirely different vibe at weddings. If you want kids there, make sure you have ample activities to keep them entertained. If you want a kid-free wedding, make sure you specifically list out the names of the people invited on the invitation so your guests know not to bring kids. Put Yourself in Their Shoes Even though it’s your day, a wedding is meant to be celebrated with the people you love most, so make sure you choose a destination that offers possibilities and perks for those on a budget.