So, we are in a time where couples are having to cut down on their guest list. This is necessary as a safety precaution and is mandated by the government. There is also the fact that it is easier to practice social distancing with a smaller number of people.
As a couple planning your wedding, you have to start the right way. There is no need for you to make a huge list that you’ll have to cut down on. How about having your wedding with a concise and safe guest list? That way you won’t risk the health of your loved ones and avoid breaking safety rules.
If you’re onboard with this, the next thing to decide on would be who gets to make your list and who doesn’t. The following questions will set you on the right path. Sit down with your partner and make a list. Then make sure you have answers to all these questions as streamline the list.
Have I Met This Person Before?
As funny as it sounds, couples frequently meet new people at their own wedding. They could be distant relatives of associates of people that they have invited. The decision is strictly up to you though and you are under no obligation to invite a coworker to your friend who you’ve never met before. So, if they are a stranger suggested by someone you know and you need to reduce your guest list, start with them.
When Was the Last Time I Saw This Person?
If you haven’t seen them in the last 12- 18 months and they aren’t that close, you probably shouldn’t invite them. They’ll understand that you are having to be careful because of the pandemic.
Did I Attend Their Wedding?
If you were at their wedding years ago and have lost contact, you may not need to invite them. But if they invited you for their wedding recently, courtesy demands that you extend an invite. This is especially important if they’re a family member.
Do I Spend Holidays and Birthdays with Them?
If you see them at the big events in your life and theirs, they should be included in your wedding. Just remember to confirm that they are healthy enough to attend and haven’t been compromised. Make adequate use of your RSVPs.
Are We Inviting the Rest of Their Family?
If you have 3 cousins and you’re close to 2, you should invite all 3. For the sake of peace. Where you find that inviting all three would be a problem, we’d say maybe don’t invite any at all. You don’t want to cause a rift between family.
Am I Comfortable Being Around This Person?
Your wedding should be a fun experience for you. Try not to invite too many people that you cannot be yourself in front of. This could include your boss and other authority figures in your life. Everyone there to celebrate with you at this point should be someone you can let down your hair in front of and have lots of fun. Best of luck!!!