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One of the first steps of wedding planning is crafting your guest list. While you may think it’s a piece of cake, it can actually get pretty tricky - especially if you want to host a more intimate affair. If you need to scale back your guest list we’ve got a few pro tips and tricks for you.

Here’s how to scale back the guest list for your wedding.

Children
Adults-only weddings are pretty common, so don’t feel bad about cutting kids from your guest list if necessary. Sure, they can be cute additions to photos and may do some LOL-worthy dancing at your reception, but they don’t need to be there. Of course, you’ll want to let the parents know way in advance so that they can hire a sitter.

Plus Ones
In a perfect world everyone would receive a plus one to a wedding, but that’s not exactly realistic. Sometimes it just isn’t in the budget to double your guest list for the sake of your friends’ social comfort. The rule of thumb here is to invite the partners of people who are in longterm relationships or married, but to skip sending RSVPs to flings, friends or recent flames.

Colleagues
Unless you hang out with your coworkers outside of the office on a regular basis they don’t need to be invited to your wedding. Just remember, if they’re not making it onto your guest list, you’ll want to avoid working on your seating plan at your desk or discussing design details at the watercooler so that no one feels left out.

Exes
Ok, this one should go without saying, but don’t put your former flames on your guest list. Even if you’re super chummy, their presence could stir up some drama on your big day (and who wants that?). Sure, you could celebrate your nuptials with drinks or a group dinner, but they don’t need to be there when you tie the knot. Save the seats for your current list of loved ones.

People you don’t know
I know what you’re thinking, “why on earth would I have people that I don’t know on the guest list for my own wedding?”. Yes, it seems crazy, but a few names may have popped up on your list without you realizing it. How? Well, if your nearest and dearest don’t want to fly solo to your wedding, they may ask to bring along their BFF, roommate or coworker. It’s hard to say “no” when someone like your mom or dad puts in this kind of request, but you’ll have to if you don’t want to risk upping your headcount. They may be a little bummed, but they’ll totally understand your reasoning.

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