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Wedding Tips and Trends

IS YOUR GUEST LIST GETTING TOO LARGE?


IS YOUR GUEST LIST GETTING TOO LARGE?

One of the most stressful things about planning a wedding is who to invite. The bride and groom have their list, and then the parents have their lists. Your parents are proud of you and they want all their friends and co-workers to come to your wedding, so you add them to the list and most of the time you may not even know these people! What begins as a small wedding can quickly become too large to handle.

I remember my wedding. I had my church family, my husband had his church family, and I had the family from the church where I worked. Then there were our family and friends and our parent’s friends and co-workers. Of course, this was when receptions were mostly in the church fellowship hall and you served cake, punch, nuts, and mints. Note: This type of reception is coming back!

When my daughter became engaged, she and her fiancé' made the decision (with our blessing) to only invite family and close friends. Of course, it helped that the wedding was in their college town and not where they grew up. We had a great time and they were able to visit with everyone in attendance and spend quality time with them. Isn't this what it is all about? Spending your special day with the people who mean the most to you?

So how do you determine whom to invite?
  • Use the rule of thirds. One third of the guest list is the bride's parents, one third is the groom's parents, and one third belongs to the bridal couple.
  • Treat family groups equally. If you invite one uncle or aunt, you must invite them all. You don't want Aunt Bess to be upset because her sister was invited and she wasn't.
  • Decide if you want to invite children and teenagers
  • Decide if single guests can bring a date (a plus one)
  • Decide if you will invite co-workers and if so, do you invite their spouses or plus one?

Still uncertain? Ask your wedding planner. I help brides with wedding etiquette and address and mail their wedding invitations. I also keep track of who is attending. This is a big stress reliever for the bride and her mother.




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