wedding guests

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You may have to cut your guest list for a variety of reasons, from sticking to your budget to your venue’s capacity. Here are a few groups of people that you don’t have to invite.


Kids
Yes, children can be lively additions to weddings, but they’re also quite unpredictable. And most of the time, your guests will understand if you want to have an adults-only reception – as long as you give them advance notice. Try not to make any exceptions – except for children who are in the wedding party.

Plus-Ones
If you’re inviting a lot of single friends, you don’t have to allow them to bring dates if they’re not in long-term, committed relationships. Of course, those who are engaged or married must be invited as couples (even if you’ve never met their partners), but you don’t have to invite all of your single friends’ new flames.

Co-Workers
If you aren’t friends with your co-workers outside of work, you don’t have to invite them to your wedding. If you do decide to go this route, keep the wedding talk at work to a minimum.

People You Don’t Know
It may seem self-explanatory, but your parents may want to invite their co-workers, new friends, or other people you’ve never met before. Speak to them calmly about the fact that it’s important for you to be surrounded by family and friends who you know and love on your wedding day – not to mention any budget issues the extra guests may cause.

Exes
Even if you’re still friends with your exes, it’s a good idea to steer clear of them on your wedding guest list. Inviting people you dated has the potential to cause too much drama.