Ba­sic rules be­fore you send out the in­vi­ta­tions

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DE­CID­ING on a guest list for a wed­ding can be a daunt­ing ex­pe­ri­ence.

Do you invite that sec­ond cousin you last saw when you were 10 years old? What about your best friend’s sis­ter’s boyfriend?

Whether you are invit­ing 30 peo­ple to your big day or 300, de­cid­ing on who to invite can be hard.

Be­fore you be­gin send­ing out in­vi­ta­tions, sit down with your part­ner and dis­cuss some ba­sic rules about the guest list.

Cer­tain rules could in­clude peo­ple you have not seen or had con­stant contact with in more than three years or no fam­ily friends you have not seen or spo­ken to in more than five years.

Here are some tips on com­ing up with your guest list: Set a rough limit: How many peo­ple would you like to have at your wed­ding?

Would you like it to be a small, in­ti­mate cer­e­mony with about 20 peo­ple or a much larger event with 200 guests? Start­ing with a rough num­ber, which can change, is good for both bud­get­ing pur­poses and de­cid­ing who to invite. Set­ting a limit can also help with pres­sure from par­ents and fam­ily mem­bers want­ing to invite other guests.

Write down a list of ev­ery­one you must have.

De­cide whether guests can bring a guest.

What about chil­dren? Just like peo­ple bring­ing a guest, should you al­low chil­dren at your wed­ding? And if it is a child-friendly event, how do you de­cide which ones?

What about co-work­ers? Your team has prob­a­bly been sub­jected to con­ver­sa­tions about your wed­ding for some time. In this case, it’s prob­a­bly best to invite your en­tire team.

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