Weddings are for partying with your loved ones – that much is a given. But what about the not-so-loved ones? Drawing up the guest list is often one of the most stressful parts of planning, and unfortunately it’s something that has to be tackled early on. You need to have rough numbers before you book a venue – sure, you don’t need a full RSVP list, but there’s a big difference between a room for 50 people and one that can hold 150. With guest numbers so directly linked to cost (to say nothing of the fact that who you’re celebrating with will have a huge impact on whether or not your wedding is actually one of the best days of your life), a smaller guest list might be highly appealing. But not inviting certain people can be awkward, and most of us hate being thought of as rude, even when we’re well within our rights. We all know how horrible it is to feel left out too. So what to do? Well, here’s my guide to the most common guest-list quandaries and how to solve them.
Q: Should we invite people just because they asked us to their wedding?
This is a common scenario faced by many couples when putting together a guest list. It feels polite to return the favour, right? But what this fails to take into account is that every big day is totally unique, and I don’t just mean in terms of your personal style. Factors such as budget, venue and location all influence the numbers – and yours won’t be the same as theirs. This means the simple (and difficult) answer is no. This is your wedding, and if you wouldn’t previously have considered inviting this couple, do not feel obliged to include them now. Most people will understand that everyone’s situation is different. If you still really feel they have to be part of your celebration, you could ask them to join you for the evening reception.
Q: How do we tell our guests that we don’t want any children there?
Continue reading your story on the app
Continue reading your story in the magazine
TTKS VISITS KINGSHOUSE HOTEL
With the most enchanting setting imaginable, it’d be understandable if the Kingshouse left its location to do the talking. But it doesn’t
Read it & weep
No ceremony is complete without a couple of heartfelt readings, but how do you decide who, what and when?
Before you get anywhere near a table plan, you need to think about the layout of your room. Let us help you get in shape
A Place To Call Your Own
The biggest piece in the wedding planning jigsaw is the venue, but with 100s of potential locations to choose from, just where do you begin?
We Married At Town House Hamilton Lanarkshire
Options. To some, they’re intimidating.
Winter Wedding Wonderland
It’s the most wonderful time of the year, so grab your hat and scarf and join Zoë Boothby on a tour of Scotland’s cosiest winter venues
Talking Point: Down To You?
THE HOT TOPIC THAT’S GRABBED OUR ATTENTION: THIS ISSUE, WE ASK: ARE YOU FEELING PRESSURED TO DIY?
Run Away With Me
We all joke about it when the going gets tough, but what if elopement was a reality, not a fantasy? Rosie Patrick hears how to make it happen
Mother Of The Bride: Covergirl
Wedding in Scotland? Best wear layers! Rosie Patrick consults the designers who’ve got warmth – and style – all wrapped up
Guest - List Dilemmas
It’s simply not possible to invite every person you’d like to come to your wedding. So how do you decide who’s in and who’s out? Planner Catrina Duthie shares her tips
SAUCE A CHICKEN PARM
JEFF ZALAZNICK & MARIO CARBONE Co-founders (with Rich Torrisi), Major Food Group
Finally, a Drug for Alzheimer's?
After scores of failed drugs, the FDA is set to rule on a controversial candidate
Classical Rock / Pop Jazz: Record Reviews
In its sixth year, International Anthem seriously stepped up production. 2020 saw the Chicago label releasing a fast succession of rewarding albums, including a standout disc by Tortoise guitarist Jeff Parker and adventurous jazz by Rob Mazurek and the collective Irreversible Entanglements.
UNITY IN A WORLD OF DIVERSITY
BRIAN JONES explores unity in a world full of challenges and diversity. Through different analogies and his own personal experience with meditation, he finds effective ways to achieve unity through the silence of the heart.
Amazon Unbound – Come At Me
When a gossip rag went after Jeff Bezos, he retaliated with the brutal, brilliant efficiency he used to build his business empire. From the new book Amazon Unbound , an untold story of money, sex, and power
GHISLAINE MAXWELL'S PHOTO NIGHTMARE!
Shocking evidence she doesn't want sex crime jury to see
GHISLAINE DUMP ON PRISON PIG COMPLAINT
Blames smelly cell on sewer – not her toilet habits
Hands Off My Football Team!
The European Super League followed a model shaped in the U.S. Opposition from fans scuttled the idea
Tom Selleck THE LAST OF THE BREED
The renowned film and television star reflects on his 50 years in Westerns and his hope that he will ride the range again on the silver screen.
A Room for Dad
Before Mom passed, I made a promise to her