(Closed) How to Slash Guest List?

posted 5 years ago in Etiquette
Post # 3
3230 posts
Sugar bee

Yes, it’s okay. If anyone questions you about their “lost” invitation, tell them that due to the venue/budget, you had to trim the guestlist. It’s your wedding, not theirs.

Post # 4
2565 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

Don’t invite people because you feel obligated to.  I am not inviting two of my mom’s brothers because they are assholes to her, and am inviting second cousins over first cousins because I actually see them and have a relationship with them.

Invite the people you want to be there.

Post # 5
967 posts
Busy bee

I am not married but I have read articles on things on I can relate to you a little bit. I had a few friend groups back in middle school, my old neighborhood, different groups of friends in high school and junior college. I wouldn’t worry about inviting ppl just because they are in a group. Invite them because you truly want them there. Not out of obligation. Out of my group of me and my girls from middle school I’m not friends with all of them just some and I would invite who I want, not invite cause I have to. Whatever girls you decide to invite also tell them to not talk about the wedding to the uninvited people or at least keep talk about your wedding to a minimum. 

Post # 6
7311 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2011 - Bed & Breakfast

Our guest list rule of thumb was “Do we hang out with these people on a regular basis? Or, if they live in a different state, would we hang out with these people on a regular basis if we had the chance to?” “Regular basis”, for us, meant at least once every 2-3 months. When we looked at it that way, it was pretty clear who our “real friends” were. I made one exception to this guideline for someone from my high school days. She RSVPd “yes” for 2 and then never showed up. No phonce call… nothing. I should have stuck to my guidelines without exception.

Post # 7
7649 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2012

@MadameX:  Axing them would be ok. If they ask, just be honest and say, “I’m sorry, Due to space and budget limitations, we weren’t able to invite everyone unfortunately.”

Post # 8
2508 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

People understand that weddings are expensive and we all must make choices when it comes to the guestlist.  Many of the people I was really close to in high school I haven’t talked to except a generic happy birthday facebook post and I’m not inviting them.  None of them are married, but if they were getting married I can’t imagine them inviting me, nor would I feel bad if I weren’t.  I think generally now a days with the economy still poor and weddings so expensive people don’t assume they are invited to any specific wedding unless they are super closer and don’t go bragging about it when they are to others that they assume are also invited (that is just poor manners).  

Post # 9
7683 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

@MadameX:  “My question is, if I have a friend group of, say 8 girls from jr high but I’m  only still *close* to 3 or 4 of them, must I invite the entire group

Of course not. You only invite your closest friends. The others are, in effect, your friends’ friends. And I find the whole concept of “groups” overrated – groups are not hard and fast, group “members” come and go.

If it comes up, say small wedding, family and closest friends only, you can’t invite everyone, etc.

Post # 10
428 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

You definitely don’t have to invite whole groups of friends. People will understand if you’re not that close. We’ve been narrowing down our guest list by some of these tips: http://weddings.gatheringguide.com/ac/getting-started-planning-your-wedding/the-no-stress-guest-list It seems like you’re on the right track though. You already know who you don’t want to invite. Now you just have to work up the courage to un-invite them 🙂

Post # 11
1671 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2014 - Church

@MadameX:  Don’t be political. This is absolutely the one time you do not need to be political by playing “fair”. I have a few groups of friends – and there are some people who are there because they are close with some of my friends, but it doesn’t mean that I would invite them to hang out one-on-one. Do you hang out with any of those gals one-on-one on a consistent basis (or would you if you could)? If not, then no biggie. Invite who you want as some of those people are probably more like acquaintances now who you used to be close with but grew apart from.

Post # 12
951 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

If you told someone or hinted to someone that they would be invited to your wedding, then it would be a dick move to then not invite that person no matter how much you’ve grown apart. If you hadn’t said anything about the upcoming nuptials to someone, then it doesn’t matter. It sounds like some of these people aren’t even close to you anyway.

Post # 13
295 posts
Helper bee

As long as you haven’t sent these people a save the date, you are good to invite whichever friends you want! I don’t have too many friends invited, but they are all my very good friends. We are limited on space as well, so I couldn’t invite everyone- I wouldn’t want to invite everyone!

Post # 14
348 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

We had a very intimate wedding of only 26 guests, consisting of only our IMMEDIATE family and closest friends.  These were our rules and lines of thought:


“What is our present relationship with this person?”

“Do we GENUINELY like being with them?”

“Could we call this person to help us move a body?”


1.  Immediate family only. For us, “immediate family” included our parents, siblings, my grandfather and one very close uncle.  It did not include any cousins, other aunts/uncles, etc. that we never talk to.

2. Current good friends only. Take a minute to reflect on who you sincerely consider to be a true-blue friend. Often times, this may not be many people.

3. No work colleagues. (Unless they happen to fall under the good friends category).

4. No Acquaintances. No friends of friends; no people that you only talk to on facebook.

5. No old friends that you used to be close to, but drifted apart over the years. Unless you are truly interested in trying to rekindle a friendship.

6. No political invites.  Thinking that you need to invite them to your wedding just because you were invited to theirs? Nope. Thinking that you have to invite them because they are part of a group? Nope.

7. No one whose presence there would make you unhappy or uncomfortable.

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