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Creating Your Guest List


There are so many people who have made an impact on your life. If you were to list them all their names would probably fill two to three pages. However, the more people you invite to your wedding is the more expensive it is going to be. So, how can you narrow down that guest list?

Start With Family

For some people, if they were to include family alone that would be well over 100 people. I would recommend that you limit the family you invite to those family members who you are closest to. Also ensure that you mention to them that you can only accommodate them bringing their spouse. No one else. Some people may be hurt that they were not invited but the reality is that you just can’t afford to have everyone there. Hopefully they will understand.

Choose Your Closest Friends

Reflect on the three main phases of your life: high school, university, and work. At each phase, which people have been your friends until now? These people who have been with you through almost everything in your life deserve an invitation to your wedding. If you really think about it, those true friends would be limited few. So, your guest list is already significantly reduced.

Remember the People Who Are Working

Aside from your guests, there will also be the DJ and his crew, your wedding planner and his or her team, your bridal party, and your officiating minister. Don’t forget to include these people on the list so that you can effectively calculate the total cost.


When you are working with a budget you have to be extremely selective about who you invite to your special day. Use these tips to help you to narrow down your guest list. Happy planning!



Destination Weddings- Pros and Cons


Most brides want their weddings to be unique. Some are satisfied with creating  awe-inspiring decor while others prefer to experience the thrill of adventure. If you are a bride who wants a bit of both experiences, a destination wedding may be right for you. However, before you make your final decision it is important for you to weigh both the pros and the cons.


  •  The experience of another culture. Destination weddings often occur in another country. Experiencing another culture can be a fun and exhilarating experience.
  • Fewer guests. Since your destination wedding may occur in another country it is highly unlikely that guests will be able to afford the plane fare to attend your wedding. This means that you can limit your guest list to a few people and have a more intimate wedding.
  • Captivating scenery. Destination weddings often occur in countries that have luscious vegetation and pristine beaches. These features can offer the perfect scene for your wedding.
  • Move straight from the wedding into your honeymoon. It is quite likely that you will be having your destination wedding at a hotel. This means that you could get a special wedding and honeymoon package so that when the wedding is over you can stay a few more days for the honeymoon.


  • The costs may be greater than having a local wedding. This isn't always necessarily the case though. So, it is advisable for you to check the prices and do comparative analysis.
  • Your guest list will be smaller. If you are someone who likes large weddings, a destination wedding may not be ideal for you. Your guest list may be a tad bit smaller than you originally planned if you give your guests at least one year's notice. However, if you give them short notice then they will have less time to prepare. So, far fewer people will attend.
  • The unfamiliarity of the culture. Some people are able to embrace another culture graciously. Others are less able to do so. Additionally, being unfamiliar with the culture makes it less likely that you'll know when you're being swindled especially if you choose not to use a local wedding planner.

I think destination weddings are wonderful ideas. If you can afford it then go for it! However, don't neglect to weigh both the pros and the cons.

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