One of the most important things to do when planning a wedding is narrowing down your guest list. You don’t have to invite everyone who asks and don’t feel guilty about it. To ensure your day goes smoothly, you must consider how inviting people will affect your budget, location and timing.

Here are tips to narrow down your guest list.

Make A Master List

To narrow your guest list, start by making a wedding master list of everyone you think you might want to invite. Put the people who are definite guests in one column and those who are not so sure about or simply not interested in attending in another. Then take a look at your initial list and decide which names should go on the “definite” side of things and which should go on what’s known as the “maybe” territory.

Decide If You’re Inviting Children or Not

It can be difficult, but remember that the more people you invite, the more expensive it will be for you and your guests. Consider inviting only some of your friends and family’s kids, just those nearby or who live in the same area.

Create a Strict Plus-One Policy

A strict plus-one policy will ensure everyone knows who they need to bring along. It also allows for flexibility when the time for event planning comes. For example, if you invite a couple with a kid, notify them beforehand that a kid will also count as a plus one to minimise confusion.

Ultimately, the most important thing is to do what makes you happy and feels suitable for your wedding day. It’s your special day, after all! If you think about it enough ahead of time, there’s no reason why it shouldn’t be awesome, even with a trimmed guest list.

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