How to Reduce Your Wedding List and Save Money
It’s your wedding, arguably one of the most important days of your life. Of course you want to invite everyone that is important to you, but that can sometimes lead to problems when your guest list starts to get too big. You budgeted for 120 guests but between your friends, family, co-workers and their plus ones you’re almost at 250 guests! This is all too common along with the guilt that comes from cutting people from the list.
So how do you manage to trim down the wedding list?
How can you possibly not invite that crazy aunt that everyone loves?
Here at DJMC Entertainment we have run across this problem when helping brides and grooms with their weddings.
Just because your guest list is about to burst it doesn’t mean you can’t figure out the best way to maximize the amount of people attending. The truth is that most people can’t budget to have everyone they know and love attend the big wedding day.
One way to start to trimming that never ending list is to make two columns. Let’s called them column one and column two and keep it simple.
All of the names under the first column are people that you must have a the wedding. This is usually your closest friends and family. The second column is reserved for everyone else who didn’t make into the first column. This is where you start removing some people and things can get tricky.
Ask yourself? When was the last time I actually spoke to that person? If they didn’t attend your wedding would it stop you from enjoying your special day?
After answering a couple of those questions and being realistic with yourself you should be able to start reducing that guest list pretty fast.
If that method isn’t working, consider this. Leave off all of your old high school and college friends. After all, you will probably will never see them again after the wedding. Everyone has second and third cousins that you never talk to. Usually you would feel compelled to invite them, however if your guest list needs trimming you should cut them out as well. After all, you can barely remember some of their names.
Parents also throw in a lot of their own friends. Unless they are footing the bill, explain to them why you need to limit the guests.
Some weddings are adults only, saving you from having to invite children or anyone who is under 18. Limit the plus ones that your guests get to bring and sit them with people you think they will get along with. Since you see your co workers pretty much everyday, you might feel obligated to extend an invite but don’t feel pressured. Just because you bumped into someone on the street every once in a while doesn’t mean they need to attend your wedding. In order to have the wedding of your dreams, you will have to make some sacrifices but don’t worry. In the end, it’s totally worth it and people will understand.