When you're getting married, you don't want anyone to feel left out. But you can't invite everyone you've ever met either. List your guests under "Must", "Want" and "Should" to ensure the right people make it.
Photo by Juls Knapp Photography.
In their guide to making a wedding guest list, Shutterfly suggests first deciding a number of guests and sticking with it. Remember, simple things like transportation for guests can add unexpected expenses. Once you have the number, make the lists:
Create a list of potential guests, separating the list into tiers. Tier 1 includes people who must be invited; Tier 2 includes people who you would really like to invite; Tier 3 includes people you feel you "should" invite, but maybe you're not as personally concerned about.
If your parents want to weigh in on the invitations, make sure you ask them to also make a similar list. In case the list is still too long, wedding photographer Olivia Rae James suggests using the "dinner party trick" -- ask yourself whether the person is someone you would invite to your house for a dinner party or hang out with one-on-one.
Check out the full article for plenty of other guest list advice.
The Ultimate Guide to Building a Wedding Guest List [Shutterfly]