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When you are newly engaged and begin planning out your wedding guest list, it can be daunting to figure out who you should invite and who you shouldn’t. Your second cousin, once removed that you see once every 10 years? Your coworkers? Your best friend’s sister in law that you met at that one party and are Facebook friends? By following some tips, you can determine who should make the guest list and who you can leave off.

Your Immediate Family

What constitutes family? That varies for every single person based on the type of relationship you have with your loved ones. The best thing you can do is take a pen and paper and write down the names that come to mind first and foremost when you think of the word family. These people may be family by blood, marriage, or friendship. However you know them, family should be at the top of your list to invite to your wedding.

Your Extended Family

Next, consider your extended family. This could be uncles, aunts, cousins or the like. You may or may not be close with these people, but may want to invite them to celebrate this incredible event with you.

Your Friends

This is where a guest list can get padded if your friends list is long. If you have not spoken to someone in the last several years that you call a friend, it may not be a good idea to invite them to the wedding. Something else to consider is if your friends will be appropriate to invite to the wedding, and if they will make your event more memorable. Taking into account your per-person cost for each guest for your wedding budget should be taken into account when deciding which friends to invite.


Don’t forget to invite your work colleagues and bosses to your wedding, too. If you work with a large amount of people, think about the quality of relationship that you have with them. You do not have to invite every single person you work with, unless you want to, of course.

Taking the time to consider who you want to celebrate your wedding with is an important part of the planning process. It can be daunting, but working with your future spouse to finalize the list can be a fun process.

Did these tips help you to plan out your wedding guest list? If so, we would love to hear from you! Contact us to let us know.  

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