Are you wondering how you can narrow down your guest list? Do you already feel the wedding guilt and stress that can easily be avoided? This article aims to help you make your decision and stick with them.

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The guest list is one of the most important decisions you will make for your wedding. It could effect if you are going to start your married life in debt or if you plan to stick to a budget and start married life debt free.

It can be difficult to narrow down your guest list and decide who to invite, but asking yourself these questions below, will help you work out what you want and what you can afford.

-Who is in your wedding party?

-What is your budget?

-How many people can you comfortably fit in your venue?

-What is the theme of your wedding?

-How big is your family and friends group?

-Do you want to get married abroad or local?

Once you have these questions covered and both agree on the answers, then you can set your rough number based on your budget.

Other important points to consider:

-If the bride has a small family and the groom has a large family or vice versa, what is the cut off point?

-Do you stop at only inviting your parents and cousins to the day and then invite the aunties and uncles to the evening?

-How will you decide what friends to invite?

These are all the stressful parts of planning a wedding, but try and remember to stick to you plan. After all it’s your day.

Our top tip – don’t let the parents start inviting their friends, neighbours and postman. It is very likely they will try. Be firm from the beginning and have exactly what you both want for your special day.

Now you have set your wedding budget, what are your top three priorities?



-Day and Evening Size?

-Family to invite?

-Friends to Invite?


-Flowers? (Check out: Picking the best wedding flowers)

-Dress & Suits?

-Cake (Check out: How to pick the right cake for your wedding)



-Time of the wedding

Do you want everything brand new or are you happy to buy your wedding dress and/or table decoration from somewhere like Preloved? Preloved is fantastic for getting a ridiculously expensive wedding dress for a fraction of the price. If you would rather not spend a fortune on the dress but want to keep it to yourself that you purchased it second hand, then when people ask where the dress is from just say a little boutique shop (in place faraway from you) easy.

Purchasing a Wedding Budget Planner is a great idea to keep you on track. You can set out budgets for each area of the wedding from dress to wedding favours.

I wish you all the luck in the world for your special day.

Looking at planning a dinner party to impress, the check out this post: Planning a dinner party to impress your family and friends.

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