Sophie Cullen, Brides PA to the Editor and beauty assistant, has 1839 Facebook friends (and counting…). She says:
Cutting guests without causing offence is a common concern. The average couple will have between 80-100 guests at the wedding, and deciding whether you should invite an old scool friend or second cousin whose name escapes you isn't an easy one.
If your parents are paying for the wedding, or at least a large part of it, you may have to be accommodating to some of their requests. However, if funds are coming solely from you and your partner, you are completely within your rights - in the nicest possible way of course - to reign in their numbers. Ultimately, it's your day and you have the final say.
Now we've sorted family, it's onto your friends. Everyone has different tiers of friends, even if you don't realise it. For me, I've got 'best friends', 'good friends' and then just 'friends'. One question you could ask yourself is: 'Will I be speaking to this person in 10 years' time?' If the answer is no then you've got your first cull.
And if you can't invite everyone you want to, remember the fun doesn't have to stop at your wedding. You could always host a post-wedding drinks party for those you want to continue the celebrations with…