No matter how expensive or inexpensive your wedding will be, everyone works to a budget. Some couples have to be super careful and watch every penny, others can be extravagant and be less conscious of the cash they are spending. But with the possibilities for weddings being virtually endless, everyone has to draw the line somewhere.
And when it comes to drawing the line, the decisions about who to invite and who to exclude is about as tricky as it gets. Some people are guaranteed a place on the list. Parents, siblings, best man and bridesmaids – they are all invited, no question. But beyond that, who makes the cut and who only gets to see the photographs?
Whether the intention is to save money or simply to get the blend of guests right for your day, probably the area worth concentrating on most when it comes to finalising that guest list is co-workers. Let’s be frank here: these guys aren’t usually “real” friends. And when you consider that it can end up costing a fortune to feed and water them for the day, sometimes, you’ve just got to be ruthless…
Immediate colleagues may want (and in some cases expect) an invitation, but ultimately, it is up to you. You definitely shouldn’t feel obliged to invite your boss. Chances are, deep down you probably don’t really like them at some level. If that’s the case, I would say you’ve got to draw the line and exclude them. You probably spend more time with your boss and colleagues than anyone else, so a wedding is definitely a day where work should be completely forgotten. Take the day off.
The problem arises when you want some people from work at your wedding, and not others. It could give rise to petty jealousy. If that’s the case, then you’d probably be best advised taking the all-or-nothing approach. But there is a half-way-house on that option, which is worth considering and is surprisingly common: invite the rabble from work as “evening only”. This has many advantages. Firstly, they aren’t part of the most intimate and special part of the day. That is left for real friends and immediate family. Secondly, it will be much cheaper. You only have to buy them a drink and provide an evening snack. They feel part of your wedding, you aren’t excluding them completely, you only have to tolerate them for a short period of time and it saves money. It’s the ideal solution for those without that ruthless killer-instinct!
And at this point, I can also offer another piece of advice that will both enhance your wedding and keep the cost down: hire Original Crêpes for your evening catering. Yes, I have to declare my interest here : I own the company. But, that allows me to speak with authority and experience when I say that you will keep your guests satisfied and the costs down. Let me explain. The evening guests arrive, expecting to be fed. They see very little of your wedding, so those few hours in the evening where they are present forms their impression of the whole day. So you need something stylish and distinctive. And that is where we come in. Our mobile crepe stand ticks all the boxes. We have been hired to provide crepe catering at countless weddings, so are experienced enough to know what guests want. And with such widely varying tastes inevitable when a large group of people gathers, then it’s wise to cover all bases and offer a wide variety of sweet and savoury crêpes at your wedding.
So there you have it: if you want to cut costs, be ruthless with peripheral guests. If you feel like you have to invite some of them, it’s perfectly OK to have them there for the evening only. And if you want to impress them and make sure they go home well fed and happy, then make sure you invite Original Crepes along.