Wedding Planning Secrets: 7 Top Ways to Trim a Guest List
You’ve created your dream wedding checklist. It includes everyone you could ever imagine inviting. But now budget and venue constraints have presented a reality you can no longer avoid. Like many other couples, you’re facing one of the biggest challenges of planning a wedding – finding top ways to trim down your wedding guest list. This process can be difficult, emotional and just plain heart wrenching. How do you decide who remains on the guest list and who gets cut? Here are the best wedding planning secrets for top ways to trim a guest list.
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1. Decide on a Set Number of Wedding Guests Your Parents Can Invite
Usually one or both sets of parents make financial contributions to the wedding and/or assist with wedding planning. Be fair to them. Your parents should be given a set number of guests they can invite to the wedding. Any of their suggested wedding guests outside this number should be discussed with them first and then crossed off the list.
2. Closely Examine the Friends on Your Guest List
Carefully examine each friend on your guest list. Trim off all wedding guests you haven’t seen or talked to in the last two years, with the exception of relatives.
3. Stand Your Ground: Trim Co-workers off the Guest List
Cross off all co-workers you don’t regularly socialize with outside of the workplace. Personally speak with those you do invite and ask them to be discreet about receiving a wedding invitation.
4. Make Your Wedding an Adults Only Event
With the exception of your flower girls and ring bearer, omit all children from your guest list. To eliminate hurt feelings there should be no exceptions!
5. High School Friends and College Classmates
Cross off all high school friends and college classmates that you’re unlikely to stay in contact with in the coming years. (And no, Facebook doesn’t count!) Remember that totally awesome guy who was always the life of the party? What was his last name again? When you struggle to recall important details like this, it’s clear he can be crossed off the guest list!
6. Carefully Evaluate “Plus One” Wedding Guests
Eliminate all “plus one” wedding guests for friends who are unmarried or are not living with their girlfriend/boyfriend. Exceptions are any well-established, long-term relationships.Wedding Planning Secrets: 7 Top Ways to Trim Your Guest List Click To Tweet
7. Develop “Guest List A” and “Guest List B”
Further hone your wedding guest list by dividing it into two parts. Guest List A: All essential wedding guests. Guest List B: All remaining wedding guests listed in order of importance. How to use this wedding planning secret? Start by mailing out wedding invitations to everyone on Guest List A. As “regretfully decline” RSVPs arrive in your mailbox, start mailing out wedding invitations to those on Guest List B.
I hope you’ve found these 7 top ways to trim a guest list helpful. Other wedding planning secrets will be coming soon! In the meantime, do you know of other great ways to trim a wedding guest list? Do you have some awesome wedding planning secrets to share? I’d love to hear from you in the comments below!
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