The Guest List : 4 Ways to Trim it Down
Creating your guest list can be one of the most stressful parts of wedding planning. Usually some of the reasons why the guest list can be difficult is because you're either on a tight budget or you have gone over the max allowed at the venue. Now a days, you most likely have to cut your guest list down due to the Coronavirus pandemic. (for the updated guidelines for wedding according to the CDC please click here). Deciding on who gets the invite to your wedding is definitely easier said than done, but no worries, I'm here with some helpful hints on how to handle this dilemma. Set boundaries/rules Make sure that you and your partner have a discussion on who definitely needs to be there, and who you can do without. Have your set of A lists ready. Throw any and all expectations out the window Don’t feel obligated to invite someone that You haven’t spoken to in the last five years Invited you to their wedding and Distant relatives. It is not mandatory to invite someone just because they invited you and just because you have a distant cousin on your Facebook page, doesn’t mean they need to get an invite. They may feel a little hurt, but if you’re trying to save some money, then it needs to be done. If you feel that it is necessary, you can soften the blow by sending them a message or calling them to let them know that they are not invited and this is why. Get rid of "Plus Ones" You can definitely eliminate the plus ones when it comes to family, They will have plenty of people at the wedding to speak to and they should definitely understand that you are trying to save money. I would possibly keep the plus ones for friends who will not know anyone at the wedding and couples that you’re both friends with. It is all up to your discretion of course. If you're feeling pressured to invite everyone on your guest list and assuming that you're wedding will be in 2021 when the pandemic is hopefully under control and that you're not going over the max allowed at the venue. you can considering cutting back in other areas such as: Favors: You don’t always need favors, instead if you’re renting a photo booth then that can be your favor! Food: You can have a buffet or a family style dinner instead of a plated meal. If you’re having a wedding at a non-traditional venue, you can also have a potluck. Venue: This is where you will spend a big chunk of money. Choose a different venue, a non-traditional venue, or one that is less expensive. The Coronavirus has disrupted all of our lives and even though this may not have been your original wedding day plans, remember that you're still getting married to the love of your life, you just have to get a little creative on how you include your loved ones. If you enjoyed this blog, please be sure to subscribe to my mailing list and join my private Facebook group Southern New England Bride, for more wedding related topics! XOXO Von Marie Von Marie Moniz is the Owner and DIY Wedding Planning Guru of Lovely Events by Von and Co-Founder of the Southern New England Bride. Lovely Events by Von is all about empowering couples throughout their wedding planning journey by providing a fun, straight-forward and stress free approach to the wedding planning process while helping couples navigate through the overwhelming chaos that is DIY, Pinterest and YouTube videos so that when their day comes, they'll be able to keep calm, stay lovely, party on and enjoy THEIR wedding day!