(Closed) Guest list issues-NEED HELP!

posted 6 years ago in Reception
Post # 2
2065 posts
Buzzing bee

First, congrats on your recent engagement!

Second, those who pay get the say.  So that means her parents have final say over the guest list.

As far as your Dad goes, did he offer to help pay for some of your guests or are they just telling him that he has to pay?  If it is the latter, then that is very rude on their part.

Also people invited to the wedding don’t have to know the both of you to deserve an invite.  There were many people at my wedding who only knew me or only knew my H.  But guests lists can be very tricky things.  If her parents are cutting family members out from your list just so that they can invite more of their friends, then no, I don’t think that is very fair.

Post # 3
543 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2017 - Not sure

I’ll offer some advice. My guest count on my side is about 50 people. My Fiance is 110 total. So guest count is about 160. His parents agreed to paying for it. My father is offering 5k. This is only about a fraction of the total cost of 19k. So if your FI’s parents are taking care of the costs minus 25 on your side, that’s about 1/3 of your guests that you have to pay for. So, they are still paying for 45 people. It’s not a terrible thing to ask for a payment for 25 people, when you consider how much of the bill they’re actually paying. If you fight it, they might tell your you’re on your own. Best to just let it go, rather than fight it. You figure, if they are paying for about 195 guests, that’s a pretty big bill on your side. Just my advice, seeing as we’re kinda in the same boat! Lol! It’s all a matter of compromise.

Post # 4
267 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2015

You and your fiancee need to be making these decisions together.  What part of this is coming from her parents and what part is coming from her?


The reality is that if your fiancee’s parents are paying, that may cost you a lot.

Post # 6
2065 posts
Buzzing bee

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gmart23:  I suggest that you and your Fiance pay for the wedding yourself.  That way you have complete control of the guest list.  Sadly her parents are forking over the money so they have final say in everything.  If you dont’ like that, then you need to pay for the whole shabang.

Post # 7
1056 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2015

I think you should come up with a fair number.. 70 guest for you to 150 for her.. does not seem fair. Why does she get so many.. you need to sit down and say something to her. Just because her family is paying for it all does not mean they should be crossing your guest list out or telling you who you can’t have etc

Post # 8
6939 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: April 2016

What does you Fiance think of what her parents are doing to your side of the guest list? Honestly, I’d have HER talk to them about it. 

I get that they’re paying so they have the final say in a lot of things, but I think you’re already being very nice by cutting your list down to where it’s less than half the size of theirs. However, if her parents draw a line in the sand about this, I’d just tell them thanks for the offer but you two will be paying for the wedding yourself. 

Post # 9
2314 posts
Buzzing bee

The easy thing to do would be to just pay for your 70 people.  But honestly, there needs to be a conversation about who is paying for what and when.  It doesn’t seem fair that you are asked to reduce your guest list and it is your wedding too.  If you pay for dinner for your guest, are they also expecting you to pay for  the 7 or so extra centerpeices, chairs, linens, favors etc.?  Are they expecting you to foot the bill for traditional groom’s expenses like the rehersal dinner? You have to get everything out in the open. I would suggest making a set of guidelines as to who can be invited and who should not be invited.  

I am currently struggling with my guest list as well.  FI and I came up with 115 people that we wanted there.  Then after my parents were offended that we did not invite certain family members & thier friends our list is now at about 209 guest.  

originally we invited our respective households, parents siblings (ants & uncles) and thier children (1st cousins), grandparents and their siblings (great aunts/uncles) but not their children.  Finally we invited the friends that we vacation with and see on a regular basis and are “key” to our relationship.  So much for my intimate mansion wedding.  We are now looking at generic hotel ball rooms .  I think my original list is amazing and would have been an intimate affair with those that know us best. And I doubt anyone else added on the new list even knows that we are engaged since we did not announce it on social media.  Which brings me to ask how do other people decide who to invite to their weddings anyways???


Post # 10
2165 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

I didn’t have this problem, but I witnessed other people around me with this issue. Typically, it is true, who pays gets the say (which I don’t fully agree with).

Since both of you are making a “his & hers” side of the list you both need to do this. Make your guest list as a whole for each side then make the following rankings: Make an “A-list” people that you cannot imagine this day without “B-list” you want to invite them but it’s not imparitive that they attend “C-list” you could certainly do without them but you thought about including them. 

The idea is you total the entire number with all of your guests AND START CUTTING. The C-List people almost don’t even need to be mentioned but once you get some of these people down on paper you realize they don’t really need to be there (if you have high school friends that you think you need to invite because you might hurt their feelings, trust me, that isn’t the case, they won’t invite you to their wedding 2.5 years later). 

If your future in-laws give you a cut off on how many you can invite, and you have a surplus of guests you MUST invite, offer to pay. Also be aware that 25% of the people you will invite to your wedding, won’t come. 

Post # 11
14 posts
  • Wedding: June 2016

I’m sorry that’s happening…I think it’s true that whoever pays should have a say, though not the ONLY say. You would think that her parents would realize that a marriage means joining families, not just celebrating one side.

I agree with others who say that your fiance should speak to her family. Family/friend conflicts that arise during engagement are actually an important step to becoming a united married couple. If your fiance is unwilling to compromise her side, or stand up to her parents in favor of what is right for the two of you, then that might be a more complicated issue to work through than just who’s paying for whose dinner, you know? Maybe it’s a good opportunity to talk about establishing boundaries and how you each see the role of family and friends in your future together.

Best of luck.

  • This reply was modified 5 years, 7 months ago by msswanbee.
Post # 12
410 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2016

While they are paying they do have more of a say BUT they should be understadning and fair too.  Ex. Each family gets to invite 70 guests and any ammount over that you have to pay for.    I would definitely talk to your Fiance about this before it becomes more of an issue and before you resent the situation all together.  Best of luck and CONGRATS!!

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