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One of the hardest decisions to make for your wedding is who to invite. There are always so many people that you could invite, but you will have to select a specific group. Otherwise, weddings can get very expensive, and your venue may not have enough room for everyone.

Your guest list is your choice, but running it by your family may be a good idea. You never know if there is someone that you may have missed or someone that you may leave off. Here are a few tips for discussing your guest list with your family so that you are not nervous or worried about hurting people’s feelings.

Make a Preliminary Guest List With Your Partner

When you start wedding planning, one of the first things you need to do is make a preliminary guest list with just your partner. This is an excellent opportunity to start discussing who you would like to invite to your wedding and who your family would like to invite. You may not be able to please everyone, but it’s a good idea to get an idea of who you would like to invite before discussing it with your family.

Keep the Conversation Respectful

When discussing your wedding plans with your loved ones, it’s essential to keep the conversation respectful. You may want financial help from your family, and they may want to help you out, but it’s important to discuss your guest list with them and figure out who you want to invite and who you don’t want to invite. It can be a stressful topic to discuss, but if you approach it with respect and gratitude, it will go much smoother.

Give Both Families the Same Number of Extra Guests

Wedding planning is often stressful as you try to juggle both families’ expectations and desires. One way to ease some tension may be to give each family the same number of extra guests. This way, nobody feels like they are being shortchanged, and you can avoid any hard feelings or hurt egos. Of course, this may not be possible in all cases, but it is something to consider if you struggle with who to invite and who not to invite.

Key Questions to Answer When Discussing If Someone Makes Your Wedding Guest List

When planning your wedding, discussing your guest list with your family is essential. You will need to decide who to invite and who not to invite. There are some key questions that you should answer when discussing your guest list.

  • Who is important to you and your fiance?
  • Who do you want to share your special day with?
  • Who can you afford to invite?
  • Who do you have space for?
  • Who will add to the atmosphere of your wedding?

Answering these questions will help you narrow your guest list and ensure that you are only inviting the people most important to you.

Ultimately, Your Wedding is About You and Your Partner

It is your wedding, and you can invite whoever you want. Having your family help with the list is an excellent way to make everyone feel included.

You can also work with your venue to help determine just how extensive your guest list should be. That way, there is more than enough space and accommodations for everyone. Call Windows on the Water at (732) 842-8463 for a consultation about your wedding.