Let’s be honest, you can’t invite everyone. For couples with large families or scores of friends, figuring out who to invite to celebrate their big day can be quite daunting. Usually, family and immediate friends are a no-brainer, but things get dicey when it comes to inviting others. For many couples-to-be, the primary reason is the budget.
“Most people understand that weddings are expensive and couples can’t invite everyone,” says Katie Hurtig of Coastal Coordinating. But there are a few ways to include all the guests you wish despite the budget restrictions.
Hurtig suggests the bride and groom each get a set number of people to invite. This would at least help make things even for both parties. “There is a general rule of thumb, though. Usually 20 percent of people don’t show so you could get away with inviting more people than your budget allows. But there’s always a possibility that everyone could show up,” she says.
Creating websites to update wedding details is a way to include non-invited folks as well. Hurtig recommends The Knot and Wedding Wire for its user-friendly features. If you have coworkers who are extra excited that you’re getting hitched, you could also throw a wedding shower at work. Who doesn’t want to get showered with gifts?
By Danae Leake • Photo by Jamie Borland Photography