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Who are you going to invite to your wedding? It seems like such a simple question, and yet it will probably be one of the most difficult and time consuming tasks you and your family will face in your planning. You and the groom need to have a heart to heart talk about what you truly want for your wedding. I planned my own wedding, and because we wanted to get married quickly, we had fifteen guests, just close family members. That's it. I recently read that the average number of invited wedding guests is around 180. Now, not that many will attend. Estimates are that 25-30% of invited guests will not. Still, the choice of how many people you want to invite will need to fit your desires, budget and venue. So how do you make the list? We had our daughters and fiances start with all the friends they wanted to invite. Some of those friends had significant others to include. We gave that the highest priority. For our part, the parents compiled family members and other friends who might not be included in the couple's list. Then, if you are like us, the hard part begins. You are probably going to have to decide who NOT to invite. If I could give you a hard, fast rule for that, I would. But the truth is that relationships are seen differently by each set of eyes, and you probably won't get this one perfect. All of us regretted some of the people who were special to us who did not, for one reason or another, get an invitation. One thing is for certain. By the time you finish your guest list, you will never view a wedding invitation the same way again. I recently read an answer to the question of inviting someone to your wedding because she had invited you to hers. What would you do? That is just one small example of the tough questions you will be asking yourself as you make your list. Read what Natasha of The Wedding Lens had to say.
For you perpetual wedding guests, you must add Survive Wedding Season to your reading list. Elle Shapiro started Survive Wedding Season™ - a unique online resource providing wedding planning for guests. Since we are the majority of the people at the wedding, we really need to make the most of our role!
What is the biggest wedding you have ever attended? Or the smallest? We love to read your comments!