The Ultimate Guide to Cutting Your Wedding Guest List
Organising a wedding is a tough ask and there are many things to do to ensure the day is a success with plenty of smiles. As wedding venues are becoming more expensive and the costs of other accessories go up, it’s important you try and slash the costs wherever you can. One way of doing that is to cut down on the number of guests. It’s always a disappointment to some people, but it just needs to be done. If you’re struggling to cut your guest list, look at some of the below helpful tips that will make the process significantly easier.
Know What You Really Want
If you want to get married at your dream venue but you have too many guests and not enough space, you need to decide on what’s more important: more guests or your dream venue. If getting married at your dream venue isn’t going to happen just because you have 10 more guests than allowed, you’ll want to cut the list down to meet the limit – or look at cheap wedding venues that can cater for more guests.
Focus on the People Who Matter Now
It’s easy to invite someone you haven’t seen for years but the truth is, you should only invite those who matter most to you at present. It’s also easy to invite guests and their partners who you don’t know. The fact is, you should only concentrate on the people who matter to you most now rather than people you’re not going to see for a few more years after the big day takes place.
Create a Fantasy List and Cut It Down
Start by creating a fantasy list of all the names you want to see on the day. The list will likely be as big as a couple of hundred people to start, but it’ll give you a chance to see who’s important. Then mark family names and other guests you deem to be the most important to you and your partner. It’s not easy to do, but it’ll give you a chance to see how many guests you need to take off the list. You need to think of your families as a starting point and then work from there.
Who Wants to Go to Your Wedding?
Everyone would like to see you get married in a sense, but truthfully, there are those that want to see you get married more than others. Is it going to be too much effort for other people to make the journey from another country? Does your best friend’s partner really want to be there? Remove anyone off the list you don’t think cares about coming and it will dramatically bring the numbers down.
You’re never going to make everyone happy on your day and many people will be disappointed with your decisions. However, remember that you’re the ones who are bearing the cost and, after all, it’s your big day so you can do as you please to ensure you’re happy.