10 Questions to Slash Your Guest List

If only we could invite everyone we remotely know to our wedding receptions. We wouldn't have to worry about leaving anyone out. But couples are having smaller gatherings these days for a myriad of reasons and cutting down the guest list is almost never an easy task. So, how do you narrow down your ever-growing roster? Some brides-to-be are using a helpful article published by CNN.com called "Should You Be Invited to My Wedding?" It has 10 questions for potential guests- questions that should keep you from paying $75 per head for people you don't know or aren't very close to. Now, we don't really recommending posing these questions to people in real life. But you can certainly consider whether the people in question could answer these queries about you:

1) Name the city I'm living in now.

2) Name at least two of my closest friends.

3) Name my current employer and my past employer.

4) Do I have any kids?

5) Do you know the name of my fiancé? Bonus question: Where and when did we meet?

6) Do you know where my parents are and whether they are still alive?

7) Name at least two of my hobbies.

8) How old am I?

9) Where did I go to college? (Some people might not remember whether you attended college or even graduated.)

10) Name my last boyfriend before this engagement. Bonus question: if you can name the last two and why we broke up. If you get the bonus question right, that might automatically get you in.

According to the article, anyone scoring 50 percent or below should be left off the list. But what do you think? Should your wedding guests know who you are or is it OK to open the guest list to friends of friends?


Lisa Marie said...

Wow, that is an interesting approach to the ongoing problem of the too-bog guest list. I too wrote an article on cutting your guest list in half that offers a how-to for trimming the names, which is THE biggest budget saver there is: http://www.examiner.com/examiner/x-13086-LA-Recession-Weddings-Examiner~y2009m6d26-How-to-Cut-Your-Wedding-Guest-List-in-Half

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