Some ways on how to do it...
First get a total number of how many
guests you can afford to invite. Then each of you can take half of the total and
make up your lists.
Lists each of you can make:
When these are made, and all necessary
cutting done, you will need to compile the completed guest list which includes
both your own lists, and your fiancee's lists (remember to check if there are
duplications amongst your mutual friends).
- If yours is a simple affair, you can just include close friends and
family members on your list.
- You may also have two lists, one for your close friends, and your family
members and their close friends, and a second list for less intimate
friends, coworkers, and associates. When necessary, the decision of cutting
can be from the second list.
- If you need to, you can make four lists. The first can be a list of your
family members and their close friends, the second, a list of your close
friends, the third, a list of your less intimate friends, and the fourth, a
list of your coworkers and associates. Again, cutting can be made from the
latter two of the four lists.
If you are hard pressed to have a shorter guest list, here are some
Keep in mind that any time you have to
cut people from your guest list, bad feelings and conflicts may arise. Try to be
fair and open to others' needs and feelings when meeting the limitations of your
- Invite only your immediate families (grandparents, uncles, aunts,
brothers and sisters) and your close friends.
- When inviting single guests who are not involved in a serious
relationship, don't invite a second person to bring with them.
- Your associates / coworkers may not have to be invited depending upon
whether you have socialized with them in the past, and if it is expected of
you to do so. There is usually some kind of office protocol that is
understood, and often your coworkers don't expect to be invited unless you
have a more social relationship with them. (In a smaller, more intimate
office or department, your coworkers may expect invitations. Whether or not
you invite your coworkers, it's a good suggestion for you to invite your
direct supervisor. He/she may not attend, but your offer will be
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