Remind your parents at the start that you wish to share your wedding day only with the people you're closest
to. Make it clear that you expect your guest list to be "worked on" by asking parents to star or underline the
people on their list who are absolute must have's. You'll do the same with your list. When parents perceive
fairness all the way around, many etiquette problems are avoided.
Keep It Quiet
Ask parents, politely, to stay quiet about their guest wish list until you can devise a final guest list for the
wedding. Overeager parents may inform everyone on their wish list that they are invited to the wedding before
the master guest list is created. You cannot un- invite people who would realistically expect to be invited. And
a direct invitation from the mother-of-the- bride constitutes just that. So avoid this etiquette nightmare by
asking your entire team to be discreet about the guest list for right now, and you will do the same.
Compiling Your Master List
Using everyone's wish list, you'll compile one master list in an organized fashion. Every single guest over the age
of eighteen (in some families, the rule is "over sixteen") is given an "And Guest" indication that he or she may
invite a date to the wedding. It is improper not to allow an "And Guest" to single adults as a way to save money
or open up spaces to additional guests. Included in the singles list are elderly guests, who should be allowed to
bring a date, friend, or assistant. If a single guest responds that she's bringing a fun friend of hers instead of a
date (as you'd intended), you cannot tell her that she only gets an "And Guest" if she brings an actual date. You
don't get to choose who your guests bring as a companion for the event.
Don't Forget the Wedding Vendors
The officiant must be invited to the reception, along with his/her partner.
The Wedding Liaison or Coordinator is counted as a guest.
The same goes for the photographer and his/her assistant.
The DJ or band members.
The videographer and assistant.
Finally, the members of your wedding party are either invited together with their spouses, fiance(e)s, and
single members of your wedding party are each given an "And Guest" as a matter of respect to them. Yes,
they're paired up for the ceremony and the first dance, but it's an etiquette mistake not to give them an "And
Guest" for the reception. They can choose to turn down the offer if they wish.
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Make Your List and Check it Twice
How to Create Your Guest List
|Copyright © 2009 Carolyn Burke - Wedding Liaison
As you begin the selection of your invited guests, you'll invite your
parents to submit their guest wish lists. Use the term "wish list,"
since you will ultimately decide who makes the final cut. Yes,
parents who are paying for all or part of the wedding might think
otherwise, but it's ultimately your choice of who you want to share
your day with. Parents should of course be given the chance to
invite some of their closest friends, but as a matter of honor to you,
they should never be invited in place of your friends.