1) Stick To The Boundary – Spend some time with your fiancé and decide on a clear-cut criteria, and stick within those guidelines. Period. For instance, aunts and uncles, but no first cousins; or close coworkers but no coworkers’ spouses/guests. You may want to consider having another celebration (brunch, cocktail party, BBQ bonfire, etc.) to invite those who weren’t invited to the wedding but who would want to toast to your happiness.
2) Don’t Think Too Hard You and your fiancé are the hosts of this grand gala, and just like hosting a party in your home, you should feel comfortable inviting those that are on your list. If you have to really think long and hard whether they make the cut, this should be a gut instinct that they shouldn’t be invited.
3) Small Is Okay If you’ve decided that you want a small wedding, get the word out quickly that your wedding will be intimate. Mention this on your wedding website, and ask family and your bridal party to spread the word.
4) Save The Date’s Require Careful Thought Remember your save-the-date announcements are sent to request that the recipient will “hold” your date and that they will be expected to be invited to your wedding. Don’t start the save-the-date process in haste—be sure your guest list is finalized first—since there really isn’t a tactful way to “un-invite” someone.
5) Destination Fun If planning a destination wedding, you can feel free to invite whomever you wish, but be realistic—not everyone will be able to afford the trip, find suitable childcare, or be able to take that much time off from work. You can always go with a smaller, intimate destination wedding, and like the idea listed in the first tip, follow-up with a post-nuptial celebration with your extended friends and family.
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