Hi! We received this wedding question and thought it was a great share for the weekend, possibly while you’re tackling it yourself: trimming the guest list. Knowing how to cut the guest list without feeling guilty is hard to do, but we’re about to show you some tricks that will help. Relax: we’ll help you finally get to that perfect guest list number. Promise.
How to Cut Wedding Guest List (Without Guilt)
This question comes from bride-to-be, Jennifer, who says,
Q. “My fiancé and I just started planning our wedding and the guest list is getting big quickly. The problem is, our reception hall doesn’t hold more than 200 people, which is less than what we already put on our list. How can we cut the guest list without feeling bad?”
A. Cutting the guest list without feeling bad is definitely a tricky part of wedding planning. When you’re blessed to have so many wonderful friends and family in your life, it’s hard to cut the guest list without feeling guilty. The good news? Once you get through it you’ll be past one of the most stressful parts of wedding planning… so there’s that. :) The best way to tackle your guest list is to make a list. First, start with the people you have to invite: close friends and family and plus ones. Then make a list of the maybes — and as you work through this list, really consider each person. Are you still very close? Would your wedding day be the same without them? Have you been in touch lately, in the past year at least? If you’ve lost touch, it’s OK to cut them from your list. Also, don’t feel pressure to invite everyone from work: if you aren’t friends outside of work, it’s perfectly acceptable to not invite them. Another tip: consider an adult reception. It’s not uncommon for a wedding to be adult-only and it can make a big impact on your final number.
For even more help, try this flow chart. It might just work wonders for your guest list!
Do you have questions regarding your guest list? Did you find it to be an easy task or a difficult one? Are you having a big or small wedding? Comment below!
Hope it helps!
P.S. Have a question? Send it in! You know we’d love to hear from you + help you out. Thank you to Jennifer for sending us this question!