Money Saving Tip #2 — The Guest List

Oh the guest, who do you invite? Well you are probably so excited about your wedding and you want to share it with everyone you know. Or you and your fiancé might have different ideas on who should and should not be invited, but then reality sets in and you realize that you can’t possibly afford to invite everyone you would like too.

Every name you add onto your list will increase your entire budget, not only for catering costs but for the centerpieces, favours, rentals, invitations, etc.

Here are a few tips on how to manage your guest list so you can keep your wedding costs down.

Wedding List Don’ts

  • Don’t invite anyone you haven’t talked to in 5 years (obviously haha)
  • Don’t feel pressure to let your single friends bring a date (they can be seated all together)
  • Don’t feel obligated to invite coworkers, children or relatives more distant that 1st cousins (cousins you can’t remember who their names are, high school or college friends that you will never see again.)

A list and B list

Create an A and B list

  • The A list are your absolute musts (your immediate family and close friends)
  • The B list would be the others, and to figure out who these other guests will be here are a few questions you and your fiancé can ask yourselves
    • How close are you with this person?
    • When was the last time you saw or spoke with the person?
    • Will the presence of this person make or break your enjoyment of your wedding day?

Based on these questions you should be able to reduce your list.

Adults Only

You can choose to not have any children present at your wedding, but to be fair to everyone, if you say no children that has to apply to everyone. For example if your brother and your friend both have children you should not allow your brothers child and not your friends in order to avoid hurt feelings.

Here is a flow chart I found from Simply Bridal to help you decide who will make the cut


Happy Friday

Thanks for reading,


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