How to Narrow Down Your Guest List

How to Narrow Down Your Guest List

Oct 18, 2021

Choosing your guest list is one of the hardest parts of wedding planning. The number of guests you invite varies based on your budget and personal preferences, so there’s never a one-size-fits-all guest list. However, we at Celebration Bridal want to share a few steps you can take if you’re trying to narrow down your invites:


Create Groups


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Being organized is one of the biggest steps to knowing what cuts to make. Start by listing out everyone you would want to invite, if there were no limits, and work from that list. First, make a small group of those you know you’re inviting: think parents, best friends, anyone you can’t imagine your wedding day without. Next, make a list of those who it would be nice to have (extended family members, friends from college, etc). Start your invite list by priority, and work your way from there. 

Imagine Your Wedding Day


When you envision your wedding day, who do you picture standing by your side? Obviously, you’ll want your best friend, your siblings, your parents—those in your life who you’re closest with. When you look at your options, consider how important it is to you that your coworkers or third cousins are there on your big day. 

It’s Okay Not To Invite Everyone



While it can be hard to say no, you need to be okay not inviting everyone to your wedding. It’s your big day, and we’re sure your mom’s best friend’s niece will get over being left off the invites. It’s not realistic to invite everyone you know, so get comfortable deciding some people aren’t going to attend. After all, it’s your wedding day, so the invites are up to you!

Plus Ones


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A quick way that invites pile up is via +1’s. If you give every single person invited to your wedding a +1, that almost doubles your invites—and effectively cuts your invites for those you know in half. Decide who gets one and who doesn’t. If you have a friend who’s been in a committed relationship for a long time, it’s fitting that they get a +1; however, for your friends who you know aren’t seeing anyone, it’s not terribly rude to forego their +1 so that you can invite someone you know and want at the wedding. 

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