Who to invite to your wedding – a handy guide

Who to invite to your wedding - a handy guide

Ahh the wedding guest list. No doubt one of the most challenging aspects of your wedding, but not one you should be scared of, or avoiding at all costs! We’re here to help you with this what seems overwhelming task. Imagine the relief you’ll feel when you know your guest list is done and dusted!

We have five helpful guidelines to assist you with writing your guest list. By the time you’ve finished you’ll wonder what all the fuss was about!

The List

Make a cuppa with your husband/bride-to-be, sit down and make a list of the people you both would like to invite. The ones you can’t imagine celebrating without! For the moment, only focus on the people you and partner would like to be there. Not the people you should really invite. Now that’s the easy part done! Let’s crack on…

Family Politics

Now it gets interesting because you need to think about the family members you should invite, that’ll make your parents happy. The general rule is that aunts, uncles and cousins should all get invites. If you both have small families this shouldn’t take up too much of your guest list, but if one of you has a large family this can very quickly take up more of your guest list and your sides of the room will look a tad uneven! We would advise for you to talk to parents to see if there are any other members of your family that you may have missed. That second cousin twice removed that babysat you when you were 7? Your mother may want you to invite them! That’s fine, but you need to know when to draw the line.

Return The Favour

Were you bridesmaid for a friend a couple of years ago? Was your partner the best man at a friend’s wedding? If the answer is yes then add these couples to your guest list! It’s the polite thing to do!

Extra guests

Once you’ve decided on the family guestlist, you know your mothers best friend is going to expect an invite, and your partners boss…You need to be strict with yourself on who else you invite as things can quickly spiral out of control. Before you know it, your small intimate wedding of 30 is now a party of 75 people!


One of the trickiest decisions on your guest list…do you invite children? It is completely up to you and your partner on this one. Once you’ve made your decision be clear and stick to your guns! Don’t let people guilt trip you into allowing their kids to come.

If you decide to have children at your wedding, you may need to take into consideration entertainment for them. If you know there is going to be 15+ under 7 year olds, maybe book a magician or a clown to help keep them amused. The last thing you want is a group of bored children running around causing chaos on your magical day!

If you’re still struggling with who to invite, we’ve created this handy chart to help you decide!! 


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