How to Decide Who to Invite

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No matter the milestone in your life, it is important to celebrate surrounded by those you love. But many events are planned on a budget, and it may not be possible to invite everyone. Being choosy with invites is sometimes necessary and can be uncomfortable, especially when many people who cannot be invited already know the event is happening. Whether it be a birthday party, retirement party, or wedding, here are some tips to help you decide who to include on your guest list.

Invite Who You Want
The event you are planning is after all your event, not that of your friends, family, or parents. Narrow the list down to include people who will make the day as special and fun as possible. Consider those who will appreciate being invited and who will be happy for you, and leave off the people who you feel you should invite because they might be mad if they're not invited, or because you were invited to an event of theirs.

Don't Invite Unwanted Coworkers
This is usually the number one issue people have when planning a party or event. If you work in an office with hundreds of people, consider those with you you work directly, the ones you see on a day-to-day basis, the ones you have lunch with from time to time. Ask yourself, "If I were going out to dinner, would I invite this person?" When you use this method, it will help shape your idea of who should be invited. If you are not planning to invite everyone you work with, don't talk about the event around them.

You Don't Have to Invite Everyone with a Date
Deciding if you should invite someone with a date can really make your numbers add up to quickly. And sometimes when you invite someone with a date, they feel burdened with having to go find one! If they are married, engaged, living together, or have dated for more than six months, they get invited. Anything aside from that it’s a no.

Remain firm and confident in your guest list decision because after all, it is your decision. Consider sending two tiers of invitations if you are having a difficult time narrowing down the list. When all RSVPs from your A-list have arrived, send out B-list invitations if there is still room at your event.

Source: Richie Frieman Photo: Billy Alexander

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