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.