(Closed) How Did You Ask Parents to Trim Guest List?

posted 8 years ago in Family
Post # 3
6572 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: February 2010

we knew that only 110 would fit in the venue, so we figured out our own guest list and then told them they could have half of what was left. of course they went over some, but we weren’t too worried b/c we expected some nos. my parents did pay for the wedding, but they treat it as a gift to us so we can do as we’d like. i sent out announcements to people that we couldn’t invite, which made my mom feel a little better.

Post # 4
18643 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

I think I would tell them a number that they can have over the family list.  If you cut them yourself, you might end up inviting people they aren’t as close to and missing some important people.

Post # 5
1927 posts
Buzzing bee

I think it’s best to give them a set number.  That’s what I did with my Future Mother-In-Law. She came back with a list over the number and I worked with her to cut it down.  It’s much better to give them a number they have to be at than to just make the cuts for them.  If 175 is a venue size restraint then you just have to be firm.  If it’s a budget constraint tell your future inlaws that any guests over the number you have allotted to them will cost them $X per head and they can decide if they really need those people there.

Post # 7
2083 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

OK, definitely cover this issue NOW rather than later. Both sets of parents were contributing X amount, but our problem was the my in laws invited waaaay more people than my side did. We kind of dropped hints that there were too many people, but I learned that with my in laws you need to be blunt or they don’t get it. We tried to figure out a way to make the budget work with that many people but it just wasn’t going to happen, so when Mother-In-Law wanted to invited more people I had to say no. She was incredibly upset about it and took it all the wrong way. At some point there was a blow up about it and we gave in saying if you want to invite all of these people you have to contribute more money because we just couldn’t afford it. In hindsight, I should have nipped it in the butt at the beginning.

Post # 8
2562 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

I would just give an even number of invites to each side over and above the family for them to decide which friends make the cut, if they try to push it, let them know that if they are over your set number you will randomly cut people for them!

Post # 10
1020 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2011

okay…so here’s what happened with us. our guest list thing turned into a huge debacle. in the end, what worked for us was telling our parents that we understood they wanted to invite their best friends cousins girlsfriend (lol) but that by doing that, we were going to have to cut friends from our list who are very important to us and who have been supportive throughout our lives. people we’ve known for 10-15 years were going to have to be cut off the list. they understood this a little bit better than “you get 15 invites”, and now, we’re having an after-wedding “shower/party” in my fiances hometown in march 2011 for people that we couldn’t invite to the wedding (this wasn’t our idea, it was the idea of his parents friends who can’t be invited).

one thing i would also recommend is that if you think your parents will want more invites and may be annoyed by being given a limit, give them a few less than you actually can give them. we gave my fiances mom 12 invites, but she really wanted 16 and in the end, since he didn’t handle it well at first, we pretty much have no choice but to give her 16. we had to move a few more people to the “b list” because of that. if we had told her 8, for example, maybe she would have only asked for 12 in the end 🙂

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