Keeping your wedding small is one of the top money-saving wedding tips you’ll find. That task is far easier said than done, but we’ve got some strategies, thoughts and helpful tips on how to cut your guest list without creating any “situations.”
The Rule of Thirds: Divide your total head count into three: a third to the bride’s parents, a third to the groom’s parents, and a third to the bride and groom. Always give your opinions of who you would like to see most at your wedding, but for the most part each group can take care of cutting their portion.
The Cluster Method: Group everyone in clusters: work, neighbors, family friends, college friends, etc. Decide which clusters you want at your wedding. If you invite one person from one cluster, you will probably need to include them all.
Limit by Age: Choose not to invite children, or children under a certain age. This is perfectly acceptable as long as you make no exceptions to the rule. Doing so will likely cause hard feelings.
• If you have to give a great deal of thought to whether you should invite someone, they probably shouldn’t be on your list.
• Ask yourself if you would be hurt if they didn’t invite you to their wedding. If the answer is no, cut them from your list.
• If you haven’t seen them in years and you’re looking to catch up, consider not inviting them. You won’t get the chance to chat and catch up anyway.
• Don’t invite co-workers unless they’re really your friends. Ask one person out of courtesy, and you’ll have to ask them all.
• If you are not inviting children, don’t write it on the wedding invitation. Just address the invitation specifically to those who are invited.
• Limit the amount of people you allow to bring dates, but always include those who are in serious relationships, engaged and married.
• Create a ready response for anyone who asks why he/she wasn’t invited. For example, “I would have loved to invite ALL of my friends and family, but unfortunately our budget didn’t allow us to invite everyone we would have liked.”