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PICK A VENUE THAT ALIGNS WITH YOUR VISION AND YOUR BUDGET Your vision and your budget are arguably the two most important pieces of the wedding planning puzzle. Once you get those to connect, everything else will fall into place around them. That includes your guest list! If you envision a cozy ceremony in a greenhouse and a dinner-party style reception at your favorite restaurant that only holds 20 people, then you have a non-negotiable cap for your guest list. Even if your dream venue can accommodate more people but you envision a more intimate gathering, book the venue and set a cap yourselves. This is your special day and you want to get married somewhere that is meaningful and/or that captivates you. Don’t let an inflated guest list, of all things, dictate where you get married! DIVIDE AND CUT BY TIERED CATEGORIES Trying to cut people from one long list can be both intimidating and down-right impossible. One way to make the process easier is to divide everyone into categories: immediate family, close relatives, extended relatives, close friends, family friends, coworkers, acquaintances, children, and so on. Then rank those categories in order of importance and start cutting from the bottom. You might have someone that fits into two different categories, such as a coworker that you would be friends with even if you left your job, so we recommend putting that person in the highest category you feel comfortable with. Using this divide-and-conquer method allows you to cut more people at once while also decreasing the risk of hurting people’s feelings once they realize you cut entire groups and not just certain individuals. CONSIDER THE PRESENT AND THE FUTURE Take it from someone who has been there: you don’t want to look back at your wedding photos and wonder, “Who is that?” A good rule of thumb is to only invite people who you and your fiancé have both met. Your wedding day is not the time for introductions — you’ll be dividing your time between so many things and people as it is! While taking relationships into account, also identify people you haven’t talked to in the last year or people you don’t see yourself keeping in touch with 5 years from now. This will help focus you guest list on the people who mean the most to you now and who you want by your side in the future.