After you drop down from the high of telling everyone you are engaged, you must plan that special day. Regardless of the wedding size, you will still be responsible for making your invite list. And no matter how many people you plan on having, I guarantee you will have to make the tough decision of figuring out who to leave off—and then letting them know. It’s never easy, but ensuring you do the proper thing is important as it will reduce bruised feelings.
Invite Who You Want
Your wedding is YOUR wedding. Not your parents, not your friends, not your families,’ but your own. The bottom line is if someone isn’t nice to you, don’t invite them. Think of a guest list as a college paper. You remember those days. You have a long list of notes with facts and points you want to add, but you have to narrow the list down to the ones that will make the paper an A+. And with your wedding, you’ll want to invite the guests who will make the day as special and fun as possible.
When it comes to weighing which friends you should invite, think of those who would appreciate being there and be happy for you. Your wedding is not a time to pay people back or make others happy, despite your own conscience.
Don’t Invite Unwanted Coworkers
This one is usually the number one issue people have when planning their wedding. Do you invite coworkers and the boss? Sit down and think about all the people you work directly with–the ones you see daily. Then think to yourself, “If I was going out for dinner, would I invite this person?” When you use this methodology, it will really help shape your ideas of who should be invited.
You Don’t Have to Invite Everyone with a Date
Deciding if you should invite someone with a date can really make your numbers add up to grand proportions. And sometimes, when you invite someone on a date, they feel burdened with finding one. Many people have this problem because they may have a friend dating someone, and said friend feels they should be invited. Guess what? They shouldn’t.
They get invited if they are married, engaged, living together, or have dated for more than six months. Anything aside from that, it’s a no. When you have to tell someone their date is not invited, state your rules. Even if they put up a fight, let your friend know that’s the rule you and your fiancé decided on. It’s cut and dry and across the board, and the only way to make it fair.
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