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Weddings: Save Money? Cut the Guest-List!

Updated on October 6, 2015
It better be raining $$$ if you're having a BIG wedding...
It better be raining $$$ if you're having a BIG wedding...

Weddings: The Ultimate Money Saver!

Most brides-to-be want to have a big, glorious wedding but most times too, there's only one obstacle that stands in their way: Money!

The average cost of a wedding has fallen to about $20,000 due to the recession, but that's still a lot of money to spend on a four- to five-hour party.

So how do you bring the cost down? You cut the guest-list!


The more people, the bigger and more costly the cake.
The more people, the bigger and more costly the cake.

How Wedding Dollars Translate!

When brides- and grooms-to-be first think about that big wedding, they don't think about how those wedding dollars translate. 

In other words, more people mean more invitations, more flowers (centerpieces), more food and liquor, more photographers, a bigger cake... the list and the dollars grow exponentially!

The key is: The more guests you entertain, the more money you're going to spend on nearly every aspect of your wedding. 

Smaller weddings leave more time for fun!
Smaller weddings leave more time for fun!

Why Small Weddings May Be Better...

I have never found big weddings to my liking, but that's my opinion. Let me give you my reasons.

The small weddings I coordinated always seemed to be more intimate and more fun. The bride and groom had time to really enjoy their friends and families, rather than having to worry about making the rounds of 20 tables of guests to extend their "hellos" and gratitude for their guests' presence. That exercise in itself is tiring and stressful.

Guests also seem to have more fun. People at small weddings, for the most part, know one another. For that reason, they're more relaxed. After all, you're always more comfortable with those you know.


This is NOT the way to keep the cost down.
This is NOT the way to keep the cost down.

Who To Invite?

* When considering a small wedding, it's best to keep the bridal party small, or they could end up being a major part of the total guest list--and the total cost.

* Invite immediate families along with step-parents and step-grandparents. If extended family is close to you (aunts, uncles, first cousins), invite them also.

* Invite close personal friends of the bride and groom. Invite close, personal family friends if the brides' and grooms' parents are hosting the wedding. (This decision must be made by all involved in the wedding planning.)

* Invite the immediate supervisors of the bride and groom, from their places of business.

* People that don't make the guest-list should be sent announcements, mailed the day after the wedding.

P.S. Visit Deborah McCoy, AAWP: www.aa-wp.com

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