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How to Keep Your Wedding Guest List from Getting Too Big (and blowing your budget!)

When you are creating a wedding guest list, it can get too big quickly. The obvious names are written first. Then you branch out a bit, add a few more. Sometimes, the you call your respective parents and get a list from them, as well. It seems as if the guest list grows before your eyes. At your wedding, more guests means more food, more drinks, more tables, chairs, centerpieces, invitations, favors — the list goes on and on. Read on for our tips on how to keep your wedding guest list from getting too big.

Wedding A, B, & C Lists

Start with three lists, an A, B, and C. Your A list includes everyone you absolutely must have celebrate your wedding day with you — typically immediate family and best friends. Your B list includes additional friends and extended family. The C list should be those who you’d like to come if your budget allows.

Cut the List Down

If you need to bring your list down significantly, eliminate plus-ones. Next, consider having an adults-only wedding. While the little angels are always adorable all dolled-up and cutting a rug on the dance floor, not having children at your wedding will be a kind act towards your wallet. If you’re still having trouble cutting down the list, remove co-workers, friends of parents, or friends you haven’t spoken to in years.

Questions to Ask

Consider these questions to help you determine if someone is a must-invite for your wedding celebration:

Will this person be a part of our future together?
Would I be offended if I wasn’t invited to their wedding?
Have you both you and your partner spoken to them or heard their name before?
Are you inviting this person out of guilt or pressure?

Hopefully, these tips help you celebrate your day with your favorite people, keep your wallet happy, and bring you one step closer to the wedding day of your dreams.

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