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THE GUEST LIST CAN BE AN EMOTIONAL PROCESS If you haven’t already begun the process, you will soon discover that compiling a guest list is a team effort. Yes, a wedding should be about the bride and groom, but it also represents the union of two families. It is important to take into consideration each side of the family when creating the guest list. With clashing opinions, stubborn personalities and emotions at stake, consider implementing a systematized method to create your guest list—such as, • The A, B, C, D List: Categorize the potential invitees respectively and eliminate from bottom, up. • A Piece of the Pie: Determine the desired number of guests and figure an evenly split percentage among all parties involved for equally mixed representation. Although in some cases when

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delegating an allotted number of invitees for each party involved, splitting the shares equally may be problematic for two reasons: 1. One side of the family may be significantly larger than the other. In this case, think proportional. You’re better off allowing more seats to be reserved for the side with the larger family instead of having the smaller family struggle to fill the quota with distant family or friends. 2. Financial responsibility. Traditionally, the bride’s parents are financially responsible for the wedding; however, there are cases in

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which the groom’s parents or even the couple pays for the wedding. Whoever is contributing the larger amount has the right to delegate allotted number of seats to parties involved as they see fit. If the financial contributions are shared equally, A Piece of the Pie is a good objective method to enforce.

A PLUS ONE: YES OR NO? Being accompanied by a date to a wedding is commonly expected among single men and women; however, a couple is not bound by this

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general expectation. Here are a few examples of when or when not to extend a plus one invitation, but it is up to you! • Definite Plus Ones: Includes couples who are married or engaged. • Potential Plus Ones: Includes invitees who are in serious, committed relationships with a significant other. • No Plus Ones: Includes invitees who are single. Attending a wedding single is not the end of the world. Conversely, it could be an opportunity to meet someone new!

@azweddings HOW TO ENFORCE THE LINE 1. YOUR WEDDING INVITATION. How you address the invitee on the envelope should send the message loud and clear. Be sure the recipient

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is able to distinguish who is being invited. Is the invitation addressed to a Mr. & Mrs. Smith, a Ms. Smith with an allotted option for plus one on the RSVP card, or simply a specific person? Be intentional. 2. YOUR WEDDING PLANNER. Involved in many aspects of planning a wedding, a wedding coordinator has various responsibilities— one

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