We’ve all known, or some of us have been, the bride that is practically pulling her hair out over the stress of cutting down the all important guest list. Pressures on space, time and budget all end up forcing this list to be smaller and smaller. Unfortunately, pressure from family and friends often results in the list’s expansion. After all, when allowing both sets of parents to contribute, you have to cut four lists down to one.
Brides are fearful that this decision is going to hurt someone’s feelings. It may be her best friend from fourth grade, or her soon to be mother in law who can’t bring her bridge club. If this is something keeping you up at night you can always follow my rule of thumb.
When you absolutely must cut the guest list and the guest in question is not a close friend or a family member, ask yourself: Have you had dinner with them in the past year? If you haven’t then it’s ok to remove the person in question from your list!
Though there are concrete reasons for your guest list to be limited, ultimately this is a special invitation reserved for those you care about and those that care about you the most. We may all dream of a huge wedding, but oftentimes, the more intimate ones are the most enjoyable.