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5 People to Cut from Your Guest List

Out of all the bud­get sav­ing tips out there, one of the few things that can actu­al­ly save you hun­dreds, if not thou­sands, of dol­lars is cut­ting your guest list. Some­times you’re just try­ing to save a few bucks, some­times cut­ting your guest list is a neces­si­ty to be able to fit into your dream venue or afford your dream cater­er or what­ev­er the sit­u­a­tion may be.

No mat­ter what, if you’re here, you’re in for some tough deci­sions. None of these cuts are required, of course, but it’s a good place to start if you’re in des­per­ate need of cut­ting the list down.

1. People you haven’t spoken to in over a year

There are of course excep­tions, but when nar­row­ing down your list, it’s a good idea to keep in mind your clos­est friends that you want to cel­e­brate your big day with. While your child­hood friends might have meant some­thing at one time, there’s a good chance you haven’t spo­ken to most of them in years and you prob­a­bly won’t miss them if they’re not there.

bride and groom kissing during sparkler send off

2. Family friends you aren’t, or were never, close to

This one is a lit­tle up in the air if you are not the ones pay­ing for the wed­ding, but if you’re pay­ing for it on your own, you shouldn’t feel guilty cut­ting your par­ents’ friends from the list. If your par­ents are cov­er­ing the costs, maybe try talk­ing to them about lim­it­ing the num­ber of fam­i­ly friends to ones with whom you are well acquaint­ed.

3. Extended family

Yikes, right? Well, this applies main­ly to the peo­ple with huge extend­ed fam­i­lies. I’m talk­ing cousins in the dou­ble dig­its. Wed­dings are a great rea­son for fam­i­lies to get togeth­er, but this doesn’t mean your wed­ding should turn into a fam­i­ly reunion. If you’re des­per­ate to cut down your guest list and have a huge fam­i­ly, it may be time to think about which cousins and great aunts your clos­est to and pass on the oth­ers. It’s a hard task, but worth it in the end.

4. People you only see at work

Or school or wher­ev­er. You may feel oblig­at­ed to invite them, since you see them so often, but invit­ing cowork­ers is not a require­ment. If you were invit­ed to their wed­ding, you can still invite them to yours, oth­er­wise, it may be a good idea to leave them off the list. Ask your­self this ques­tion: would you still be friends with them if you left your job? Would you still hang out and have a Snapchat streak? If the answer is yes, it’s a sol­id maybe. If not, it’s prob­a­bly a no.

5. Social media friends

No doubt that when you announced your engage­ment on social media, you got more likes than you have ever before. Despite the fact that these peo­ple are just excit­ed enough for you to like you sta­tus change, not every one of them will make it on the final guest list. Or even the first round.

bride and groom getting married

When think­ing about all the groups of peo­ple who you may or may not invite to your wed­ding, we sug­gest mak­ing lists. Your first list should be your A‑list guests—friends and fam­i­ly mem­bers that you can­not imag­ine get­ting mar­ried with­out. From there, broad­en your lists until you’ve cov­ered every­one you’ve thought about invit­ing and you’ll have a bet­ter idea of whether or not they’re going to make the final cut.

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Fea­tured image by Bethany Small

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