Just had to squeeze this post in today!!!
As budget belts get tightened, what’s a couple to do to save some cash? The number one way to save money on a wedding is to cut down the number of guests. Sometimes cutting the guest list is necessary to adhere to capacity maximums, other times its in the couples best interest to whittle down the guest list to avoid going into debt over the wedding. So here are some suggestions on one approach to keeping the guest list under a specific number of guests…Creating the A & B guest lists.
1) Create a must have “A List” of your closest family and friends that you can’t bear the thought of not having at your wedding. Ensure this list includes those family and friends that most likely will be generous with their gift giving …after all making a profit off the gifts is an added bonus for any wedding!
2) Any person that did not make your “A List” is added to the “B List.”
3) Make sure to send Save the Dates to both your “A List” and “B List.” Save the Dates alert your guests of your upcoming nuptials and gives them time to request time off of work, make travel arrangements, etc. The Save The Dates should go out 6-9 months before the wedding date.
4) When the time comes for sending out invitations, mark a small “A” or “B” on the bottom corner of the response cards before inserting them into the envelopes to help you keep track of which A listers and B listers responded.
5) send your “A List” guests invitations about 6 weeks before the wedding. Ensure the Respond by date is 2 weeks prior to the wedding date.
6) As you receive “NO” responses from your “A List” guests, start sending out “B List” guest invitations. Its fine that the response cards have the same due date as the “A List” invites – after all you have to get a head count to the caterer 10 days out! Most people understand the economy is tough right now and that cuts are necessary, and once they see the small “B” you marked on the bottom of the response card, they will understand why they got such short notice.
7) If you are down to the wire but still have a few open slots budgeted for in the head count, feel free to shoot a potential guest an email or text inviting them and asking if they prefer beef or chicken.
So if there are any additional tips to creating A & B guest lists – I want to hear it! Before you respond though- remember to check the date of this post! 😉
EDIT: since I am giving people Heart Attacks… APRIL FOOLS!