How to Decide on Your Wedding Guest List
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An estimated 2 million engaged couples will be getting married this year, and if you are one of them you’re probably putting off choosing who to invite to your big day! It’s a struggle that can intimidate even the most organized among us - if you invite uncle Joe, does that mean you have to invite his two daughters, and their kids too?! It quickly becomes apparent that your invite list is just one B-list friend away from snowballing into a multi-day, 200+ guest fiasco. So what’s the secret to a perfectly curated guest list?

First off, it’s important to go into your planning with the right attitude. Although you’ll hear advice to the contrary, your wedding IS about you - just because your parents are expecting to invite 20 of their closest friends doesn’t mean that’s what you have to do if you’re an introvert who will be paralyzed with fear at the thought of so many people watching you make the biggest commitment of your life.

So let’s take a minute to clear the clutter from our heads and really focus in on what type of wedding you want to have. Maybe it IS a huge wedding with all the bells & whistles, or maybe you’ve already fallen in love with a venue that can only accommodate 60 guests, or perhaps you fall into my favorite category of people and you’re considering an intimate wedding or elopement with less than 15 guests. And hey, if you ARE planning a tiny wedding, we have special rates for that! Send me an email for more info.

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Once you’ve decided on what size wedding you want (remember, this might be different than your loved ones are imagining for your day and THAT’S OK!), start from the top and work your way down. Parents, Grandparents and Siblings are usually a must. After that, move on to other family and friends. If you have a big family, you may decide to invite only aunts and uncles, no cousins. Or maybe you skip the extended family entirely and keep it to your closest friends and immediate family. Here’s the secret: there’s no wrong answers here, and you can’t make everybody happy.

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Why You Should Consider an Unplugged Wedding
 
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A lot of my couples this year have opted for unplugged weddings and I have to say I’m SO EXCITED. If you haven’t heard of this before, an unplugged wedding ceremony is technology free - that means no cell phones, iPads, cameras or other digital distractions allowed. Unplugged weddings are the best! Here’s why:

  • Your guests get the opportunity to truly be in the moment. Without the distraction of taking photos, they can fully appreciate and be involved in your thoughtful ceremony.

  • Your images from your professional photographer will be better at an unplugged wedding ceremony - since your guests will be devoting their full attention to your ceremony, your photographer will be able to capture better reaction shots of guests, and there will be no cell phone screens cluttering up the image.

  • It builds anticipation - rather than have tons of blurry or unflattering cell phone photos posted online for everyone to see within seconds of your first kiss, you get to experience the excitement of waiting for and receiving gorgeous teasers and final images from your photographer. Sharing the images from your wedding with your loved ones can be far more impactful if they have to wait for them and the images are of professional quality.

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In order to make sure your guests are as prepared as possible for this new tradition, make sure to include a section on your wedding website explaining why you’ve asked them to shut their phones off for the ceremony. You can also have a decorative sign displayed at the entrance to your ceremony location that requests guests power down all electronic devices prior to the ceremony, and instruct your officiant to make an announcement at the beginning of the ceremony reminding everyone to put away their devices.

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