Has the size of your invite list got fretting about bills? Stop! Shrinking the party is a sure-fire way to save – and it’s not even that hard to do.
No bride-to-be wants to exclude friends of the family from her wedding, but before you set about preparing your guest list, ask yourself this: could there be anything worse than a room full of strangers staring disinterestedly into their glasses of bubbly as you and your husband enjoy your first dance together? Experts agree: be selective, especially if you’re on a tight budget.
- Divide and conquer
Compose the guest list by allotting one third to the bride’s family, one third to the groom’s family and one third to the bride and groom’s friends.
- Celebrate with co-workers
But don’t feel obligated to issue wedding invitations. The only exceptions should be co-workers who are also close friends.
- Return the favour later
Don’t invite people to your wedding simply because you attened theirs. Everyone’s circumstances are different – no one will expect the same criteria to apply to your nuptials.
- Switch places
Put yourselves in the other persons shoes and ask: would you be hurt if you weren’t invited to their big day?
- Avoid out-of-touch friends
These days, it’s not unusual to have hundreds of Facebook friends, but if you haven’t spoken in a year or longer, leave them off the guest list.
- Make it adults only
Holding an adults-only event is an easy way of reducing numbers. Many couples opt for a cut-off age of 16 or 18.