Wedding Tips | Cut the Guest List

Newly engaged couples now a days want it all on their wedding day. There are countless blogs, magazines, and Pinterest boards where brides can find and receive inspiration. The design options are endless! While technology has made it easy for us to find our wedding styles, it has unintentionally created a problem.

The wedding industry as a whole as evolved over the past few years. Couples are wanting their decor to be specific to them and their love story. Gone are the days where weddings look like every other wedding before them. This change in the wedding world has myself, along with a lot of other wedding vendors, giddy with excitement! We love designing and creating new things and we are very happy the wedding industry has evolved into this. With this new trend however, couples are finding that custom made and “unique to them” decor is pricey.

The unintentional problem is the money. It always seems to come down to that doesn’t it? The good news is, you can still have your perfect wedding day! But you will need to cut down on something.

We’ve asked Kristin, a wedding planner who owns The Gifford Collective, to give us some insight on how we can get the best of both worlds.

“Struggling to get under budget? Cut the guest list. Surround yourself ONLY with the people that mean the most to the two of you. You may ruffle a few feathers but, trust me, you’ll be relieved when you’re not meeting people for the first time on your big day.”

Cutting the guest list is something a couple and their families rarely want to do, but if you think about it, it is the reason why everything is adding up. Your venue space, catering, table decor, and cake pricing all have to do with how large your guest list is. By cutting down the guest list, you can still have that awesome food truck, your favorite live band, or those beautiful custom made flower centerpieces on your wedding day.

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 The Gifford Collective is a design-focused full-service wedding planning company working in Cincinnati, Lexington, Louisville, Nashville and beyond.


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