4. Inviting everyone
It may seem like the right thing to do to invite every relative and everyone that you’ve ever been friends with to your big day. However, each additional guest can cost an extra $150 at the average venue. You can quickly inflate your final bill when you don’t have the heart to keep your guest list to a reasonable length.
When making the guest list, try to omit your coworkers, children, and separated couples. If you cannot decide on the number of guest suse the rule of thumb: if you can spend more than two minutes with that person, invite them.
Why invite 150 guests if you won’t even be able to speak to everyone? Make a rough copy of the guest list and divide all the names into several major categories such as family members, relatives, best friends and coworkers.
Be sure you know how many people your venue can hold – this should help you narrow down your categories. You may even want to consider not marking the invitation with “plus guest.” This way you can avoid extra people you may not even know.