As you probably already know, weddings can be quite expensive. Currently, the average cost of weddings in the U.S. is more than $26,000. For people who can afford to spend that kind of dough, good times are surely in order, complete with live music, huge cakes, and matching, specially ordered outfits for the wedding party. There are many people, however, who would like to enjoy themselves as much as the big spenders without breaking the bank. We’re going to talk about ways to do this with your wedding guest list.
You can spend much less on your big day and still have the time of your life. Wondering how you can achieve the goal of spending significantly less? Cutting back in a big way can be accomplished through one simple step. Shortening your guest list. Fewer guests means fewer everything. Fewer chairs, chair covers, chair sashes, tables, plates, meals, drinks, invitations, and so on.
Who Should I Invite?
At this point, you’re probably thinking, “How can I possibly not invite everyone I want to come?” This is an understandable sentiment, one that many people share. However, scratching some names off your wedding guest list might not be as bad as you imagine, for several reasons. Family and friends can be empathetic to your need to keep costs down. Keeping your guest list short means you’ll have more time to spend on the big day with the people you most care about. Let’s look at ways you can do this by tweaking your wedding guest list.
Are you willing to consider downsizing your wedding guest list? The big challenge is figuring out who gets invited and who doesn’t. Easiest way to take on this formidable task is to begin your guest list anew. Start with the names of the people you absolutely must have there. For many couples, this includes parents, siblings, members of the wedding party, best friends, and frequently grandparents or other close relatives. This also includes any inevitable plus-ones. When you find yourself at this roadblock, it’s time to get creative.
Ask yourself, “Would I be hurt if that person got married and didn’t invite me to their wedding?” If the answer is no, then there is a good chance the person in question feels similarly. If the answer is yes, then they might warrant an invitation. If they are already married, or that question otherwise doesn’t apply, you could ask yourself, “Would that person be flattered by my invitation, or would they be honored?” If you think they would be flattered, that’s nice, but if you think they would be honored, you should definitely consider inviting them. Neither? No-brainer; leave them off.
It can take a lot of courage to have a small ceremony or reception when you have a big family or a long list of friends. If having a boatload of guests means everything to you on your big day, then by all means, do what you have to do to make it special. Losing sleep over the repercussions of your credit extensions? This might mean it’s time to revisit that wedding guest list and open your imagination to the wonders of a small wedding.
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