Today’s post is in response to a question from one of our brides. Since this question comes up often, we decided to write about it. As you are quickly learning, money plays a huge role in what your wedding will be like and how many guests you can invite.
A common money saving idea is to cut guests from your list. Less guests means less money. Although this sounds simple, it might not be the best solution. It is always best to cut other major expenses before you start cutting guests. Having a fancy wedding may be important to you but your loved ones are probably more important.
Our response to this question on cutting the guest list is always; what other expenses have you already cut? For money saving advice, read How to plan a wedding on a tight budget
Sometimes you have cut all of the expenses you can possibly cut and you still can’t afford to host all of your loved ones. If this is the case for you, we have a few suggestions. You can make a “No Children” request when you send out invites. Feeding and hosting the children of your loved ones can get expensive. Having an adult only reception will save you a lot of money.
If you have to make additional cuts, start with co-workers and family you haven’t seen in over 5 years. If you set specific rules on who should be cut first, it is less offensive for those who were cut. If a co-worker asks why they weren’t invited to the wedding you can say “I’m so sorry! We were on a tight budget so my fiancée and I had to cut all co-workers.”
Use this process to continue cutting your list until the guest count meets your budget. Make sure you know exactly how many guests you can afford to host. Doing your homework on how much each guest will cost makes the process much easier.