Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Will Cutting the Guest List Save on Wedding Costs?

With the average wedding costing in the region of £25,000, many couples actively look at ways to save money on their big day. Sites such as UK Wedding Savings offer lots of useful tips, but one easy way to cut the cost of getting married is to keep a tight rein on your guest list. After all, do you really need to invite 500+ to the wedding?

It’s a Costly Affair
The more people you invite to your wedding, the more it will cost you. Bigger weddings need more space. All you really need are you, your fiancé, and two witnesses, but most people prefer to have at least some family and friends present to witness their union. However, once the guest list start creeping up into the hundreds, costs will spiral out of control.

Hundreds of guests will need a mountain of food and drink to keep them fed and watered on the day. Large wedding parties also require more space at the reception, so a simple BBQ in the back garden isn’t going to cut it. You also need to consider the size of the church if you are planning a religious ceremony. The more people you invite, the more likely it is that your wedding ceremony will be standing room only, with unlucky late arrivals forced to stand outside.

The truth is that you simply can’t afford to invite everyone and their plus one to your wedding. It may be painful to start going through your wedding guest list with a red pen, but unless you have an unlimited budget or Bernie Ecclestone as your father, it is time to be ruthless.

Make a List
Start off by making a list. Include everyone you would like to invite if money was no object. You both need to make your own lists, as you each have your own friends and family to consider. Next, split the list into two sub-lists: family and close friends, and then friends and acquaintances.

Make the Cut
Family and close friends have to make the cut, for obvious reasons. However, in the case of family, you really don’t need to invite distant relatives you haven’t seen for twenty years, unless your parents insist and they are paying the bill.

With regard to friends and acquaintances, consider how close you are to these people. Do you really need to invite work colleagues? Unless you socialise with them regularly, probably not. The same applies to your boss, although it can be polite to invite a boss, plus you are guaranteed a decent wedding gift.

Do not feel guilty about not inviting people you are not friends with. It is unlikely to cause offence if they know you are getting married on a budget. The same applies to asking people to leave their children at home. Kids eat and take up a seat, so they cost you money if they come to the reception.

Just because someone invites you to their wedding, it doesn’t necessarily follow that you must invite them to yours. It is your day after all, so stand your ground and do it your way.