Who Should I Invite to My Wedding? – Gastonia Wedding Rentals

One of the toughest part of planning a wedding is deciding who should be on the guest list. Of course, you want all the people who want to attend, to be able to do so—leaving people out causes hurt feelings at best, and resentment at worst. (Also, potentially, a curse placed upon your newborn child.) On the other hand, every guest you add to the list means more food, decorations, chairs, and favors to account for. Here’s a guide on setting up a guest list that’s frugal and accommodating.  

Make an A and B List

First off, write down everyone you’d like to invite if money wasn’t an issue. This is your fantasy list. Then, to help make decisions easier, separate guests into “must-attends” (like your immediate families) and people who aren’t essential, like casual friends and distant relatives. If you’d like, you can make a C list for work colleagues and so on. It probably goes without saying, but remember to include your partner in this process, who of course has family members, friends, and colleagues of their own.

Account for the “Nos”

The rule of thumb for most event planners is to invite 10% or 20% more guests than you can actually accommodate, since 10% or 20% of invites will usually decline. Reach out to the A list guests first. If more A-List  people decline than you expected, you’ll have more slots to fill from the B list. Obviously, contact “B” list people quickly before word starts to spread that you’re sending out invitations. No one likes to think of themselves as a “Maybe”.

Only Invite Friends

If you’ve cut your list down as much as possible and you still have way too many names, it’s time to take a sincere look at who really matters. Ask yourself the following questions:

  • When’s the last time I saw this person face-to-face?
  • Does this person genuinely care about me?
  • Am I inviting this person because I think I should, or because I want to?
  • Will this person be in my life five years from now?

Don’t feel pressured to invite someone just because they invited you to their wedding, or because they’re a parent’s friend who you’ve never met. If anyone questions you, let them know that the budget was tight and the decisions were difficult.   

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If you are planning a wedding in Gastonia, Mooresville, Hickory, Shelby, or the surrounding areas, Gaston Rentals can help you acquire everything you need, from tables and chairs to cutlery and china. To book wedding rental supplies from us, click here.