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How Can I Prevent Our Wedding List From Breaking The Bank?

Ask a Savvy Bride: Our Wedding List Is Breaking the Bank!

There is no doubt that planning a wedding is fun and exciting, but it can be stressful too, not to mention expensive. If you're struggling with trying to include all your loved ones without going to the poor house, be sure to read the answer in this special wedding season Ask Savvy question, which will be answered by SavvySugar and a very savvy bride. Submit your questions in our Ask Savvy group.

Dear Savvy,

My fiancé and I are trying to set our wedding guest list in stone, but we're having a hard time — the list keeps growing! We want our wedding to be as intimate as possible, not only for atmosphere, but for cost purposes too. While we'd like all our friends and family there, we don't want to break the bank. I know every couple has different circumstances, but do you have any general tips on how to prevent the costs from multiplying without having cutting our guest list in half and potentially hurt people's feelings?

Hate to Be Cut Throat Tammie

To see what a savvy bride has to say about this, keep reading after the jump.

Savvy bride says:

The first thing you need to remember when creating your guest list is that it's your day — you and your fiancé are entitled to invite or not invite anyone you want. Yes, there could be some social ramifications around your decision making, but if you want your wedding be intimate, you're going to have to pick and choose.

A great way to relieve some of the pressure is to go with a venue that has an occupancy limit — having a size constraint will force you to be firm with your invites. You could also make your wedding adults only (that way you don't have to count babysitters as guests) or simply keep it immediate family and wedding party. Brides and grooms have different opinions when it comes to inviting guests with a plus one (some say no ring, no bring), so set a standard as a team and stick with it so you can be fair to everyone without burning bridges. Food, alcohol, decor, and entertainment certainly jack up the price at any wedding, so if you care more about the number of attendees, tighten your budget on everything else. If these measures still don't help, a destination wedding is a sure fire way to whittle down your list without even trying!

Ask anything budget-, etiquette-, or planning-related — well, almost anything — by posting your questions in the Ask Savvy group, and I'll find the right expert to help you out. If you are planning a wedding, already happily wed, or still looking for Mr. Right, start sharing your big day with our community. Don’t forget to check the wedding content box on your post.

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skigurl skigurl 6 years
kismekate, i think if they're married you put both names (and if you want a single or attached person to be able to bring a date but don't know the name of the person they will bring, put +guest), and if they're not entitled to bring a guest at all you put only the invited person's name without +guest
lickety-split lickety-split 6 years
Try and remember that the wedding is just one day, and the marriage is what matters. You'll have lots of time to entertain with friends after you're married. The whole "special day" thing is really kind of silly. It's the partnership that should be special.
kismekate kismekate 6 years
How do you nicely say on a wedding invitation that you can only bring a guest if you are married?
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