Top Tips on how to cut down your guest list

Like all weddings there are many aspects that go into planning for your big day, from styling, deciding on suppliers and one of the big ones is planning your guest list. This is stressful enough at an average of 100-150 guests. Now were looking at 15-30 guests! WHAT?! HOW?! Well here is where we can give you some tips to help you cut down your guests so you can have a covid safe wedding and help take away that stress and anxiety!


Start Fresh

The best advice to go with is to start again! Its hard to do but ‘Break up’ with your old wedding and embrace your ‘NEW’ wedding. It will take a huge weight off your shoulders and give you a new excitement for your wedding. Wouldn’t it be great to get excited again and have all those butterflies in your stomach about planning your new wedding! Scrap your old plans and grab a brand-new notepad/scrapbook/planning book and go from the beginning again.



Do not have your head in the sand

With a bit of tough love and a boost to yourself, you need to be realistic. No one knows if or when this whole pandemic is going away! And for the next 6 months we are looking at 15 guests at a wedding. If you are just waiting, hoping and praying that the numbers will go up, you are putting too much stress and pressure on yourself. The last thing you want to happen is aim for 30/40 guests and get to March or the month of your wedding and the numbers are still at 15. Aim for the lowest amount of guests and if it gets to 6 moths down the line and you are now allowed 30 guests, then that’s amazing and you can have more friends/family to share your day with you.

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Time to start

Start with who you cannot imagine your day without. Think about the first people you couldn’t wait to tell straight away when you got engaged. These will be the beginning of your guests. The next thing to look at is plus ones. This is when you may have to be a bit brutal. Have a look at your guests plus ones and what connection you have with them, if you do not have that huge connection with them then you may have to leave them off your list. As much as it would be amazing to have them there with their partners you have to remember you can only have 13 people, plus yourself and your fiancé.


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“To Jessica, Katy and all the amazing team, Thank you so much for all of your help to make our wedding day so special! You helped everything flow so smoothly and couldn’t have been more helpful and attentive. All our guests loved a Cottages and it made such a difference celebrating with everyone together all weekend. Thief Hall is a really stunning venue and you and the team do an amazing job making the wedding is truly spectacular for everyone. Thank you for all your hard work”
- Caroline and Paul

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