The Incredible Shrinking Guest List

Yet again, a recent survey reveals that brides are cutting their guest lists.

Thanks to Christine Boulton from Think Like a Bride who blogged about the ‘What’s on Brides’ Minds’ Survey conducted for David’s Bridal. The survey says three quarters of brides-to-be admit that they will have to make adjustments to their wedding budgets as a result of the economic climate.  And where will they be cutting back? The survey revealed that the first area that brides-to-be would be willing to adjust is the number of guests (45% of brides polled said this.)

It’s inspiring that so many couples are seeing the benefits of smaller weddings.

In this January 23, 2009  National Post article, Cancel that White Stretch Limo also talks about the downsized guest list:

The National Post writes:

“Is Frugabridelista a word yet? If ever there were a moment for intimate weddings and austerity, isn’t this it?”

The article interviews several big shots in the wedding industry, including Bridal Guide Editor-in-chief Diane Forden. And what does Forden say will be the  number one item on the budget cuts hit list as more and more couples are impacted by the recession?

“I think it will be their guest list,” says Forden.


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  1. Posted by Michelle@ My wedding report on January 26th, 2009 at 6:18pm

    I really like your website! I love the header and all the fun flourish details on the tags. I just added you to my blog list.

    I'd love to able to cut my list more, but we are at a stop point because of family. However, I do think with smaller budgets in general it will be smaller guest lists.
  2. Posted by Grumpy Groom on January 26th, 2009 at 9:37pm

    This is very timely. Thank you for sharing it. My bride and I are just now completing our invite list. The economy has definitely impacted the number of people we're inviting. And because ours is a destination wedding, we're also feeling extra pressure to make the event fun and meaningful, since most of our guests will be shelling out for plane fare and hotel to witness our nuptials.
  3. Posted by Christina on January 26th, 2009 at 10:27pm

    Michelle, thanks for your comment. I love the tags too! Kathy from The Blog Shoppe created them for me. She's one talented lady!
  4. Posted by Christina on January 26th, 2009 at 10:35pm

    Grumpy Groom congrats on your upcoming wedding. I've always admired couples who go the destination wedding route. In some ways, it's a leap of faith - especially if you've never visited the location before. Then, as you pointed out, there is the added pressure of feeling like you have to make sure your guests have a good time. Sometimes you just have to take a deep breath and realize that it will work out just the way it's supposed to.
  5. Posted by Wedding Photographers on February 8th, 2009 at 9:19pm

    This is a very timely article. Thanks!
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