6 Easy Ways to Trim Your Guest List

Has the size of your invite list got fretting about bills? Stop! Shrinking the party is a sure-fire way to save – and it’s not even that hard to do.

  • Story by Photo Amanda Wignell

Has the size of your invite list got fretting about bills? Stop! Shrinking the party is a sure-fire way to save – and it’s not even that hard to do.

No bride-to-be wants to exclude friends of the family from her wedding, but before you set about preparing your guest list, ask yourself this: could there be anything worse than a room full of strangers staring disinterestedly into their glasses of bubbly as you and your husband enjoy your first dance together? Experts agree: be selective, especially if you’re on a tight budget. 

  1. Divide and conquer
    Compose the guest list by allotting one third to the bride’s family, one third to the groom’s family and one third to the bride and groom’s friends.
  2. Celebrate with co-workers
    But don’t feel obligated to issue wedding invitations. The only exceptions should be co-workers who are also close friends.
  3. Return the favour later
    Don’t invite people to your wedding simply because you attened theirs. Everyone’s circumstances are different – no one will expect the same criteria to apply to your nuptials.
  4. Switch places
    Put yourselves in the other persons shoes and ask: would you be hurt if you weren’t invited to their big day?
  5. Avoid out-of-touch friends
    These days, it’s not unusual to have hundreds of Facebook friends, but if you haven’t spoken in a year or longer, leave them off the guest list.
  6. Make it adults only
    Holding an adults-only event is an easy way of reducing numbers. Many couples opt for a cut-off age of 16 or 18.

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