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May 17, 201708:00 AM
Let Them Eat Cake

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Wediquette Wednesday: How do we divide up the guest list?

Each Wednesday, we tackle wedding etiquette. At times, it’s a reader question or one from a colleague, friend or family member and other times we’ll cover a popular issue. (Note: Questions may be edited for clarity and brevity.)

 

Question: My fiancé and I are about to start working on the guest list for our wedding. We both have big families and are very social. We are paying for parts of the wedding, my family is paying for the majority, but his parents are contributing, too. Needless to say, we are very grateful for everything and want to do the right thing regarding who gets to invite whom, but we aren’t sure how to split it up. How do we divide up the guest list?

Answer: Traditionally, the guest list would be split three ways: The couple’s guests, the bride’s parent’s guests and groom’s parent’s guests. This split doesn’t take into account who is paying the most, so don’t worry about that part. If you want to “donate” some of your spots to your parents or his, feel free to do so. Have everyone make a rough draft of their list, then start discussing where you can give and take, because in many cases it works itself out. If it doesn’t, revert to the rule of thirds. 

 

Do you have a solution to share or a wedding etiquette question? Respond in the comments or email Melanie@MyNewOrleans.com.

 

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The official blog of New Orleans Bride Magazine, offering a daily dose of all things weddings

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“Let Them Eat Cake,” is the official wedding blog of New Orleans Bride Magazine. The LTEC blog is the joint labor of love for Kelly Massicot and Melanie Warner Spencer. Massicot is web and social media editor for Renaissance Publishing, a contributing writer for New Orleans Bride Magazine, wedding junkie and fond lover of cake, especially petit fours from Chateau Coffee Cafe. Spencer is the editor of New Orleans Bride Magazine, writer of the “Bon Vivant” blog and a Francophile obsessed with Marie Antoinette and those tiny cakes from Chateau Coffee Café. You can reach Kelly at Kelly@myneworleans.com and Melanie at Melanie@myneworleans.com.

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