Finalizing your guest list is a task nearly every couple has to do. For some it’s easier than others. If you have to cut, make sure you support each other, practice compromising and use these helpful tips to cut your list.
How To Cut Your Wedding Guest List
Originally published on October 12, 2018 by Jason Kessler for Wedding Wire
Sometimes weddings are just a matter of math, particularly when it comes to how to cut your wedding guest list. How much money is in your budget? How much time do you have for the ceremony and the reception? How many chairs can your venue physically hold? Adhering to wedding math is one of the less glamorous parts of wedding planning. After all, your venue can only hold so many people and your budget can only accommodate so many guests.
If your proposed list exceeds either of those hard limits, you’ll need to figure out how to cut your wedding guest list.
For our wedding, we established a few rules:
- No cousins beyond first cousins (we applied this to our parents’ cousins as well).
- Only friends you’ve communicated with in the past year.
- Friends of parents and parents of friends are severely restricted.
To get you started on how to cut your wedding guest list, here’s a good framework to use:
Step One: Make a list of everyone who absolutely 100 percent has to be invited
Step Two: Now go the other direction and make a list of all the people you want to invite
Step Three: Divide that list into three categories in terms of priority
Step Four: Combine the “really want them there” with the absolute invites from Step 1
Now you have to create criteria to decide which of the remaining people will get invites.
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