10 Questions to Slash that Guest List

If only we could all have a "y'all come on" (that's "come one, come all" if you're above the Mason-Dixon line) attitude when it comes to our wedding receptions. But let's face it, today's reception costs make that impossible for all but the wealthy. Women in New York and L.A.-- I don't know how you do it, babies. So, we love giving our brides-to-be practical ways to slash the guest list. This might not be one of those, but it's guaranteed to work. The lifestyle folks at CNN have published an article called "Should You Be Invited to My Wedding?" It has 10 questions for potential guests- questions that should keep you from paying $75 per head for "heads" you don't know or aren't very close to. Now, we don't really recommending posing these questions to people. But you can certainly consider whether the people in question could answer these queries about you:

1) Name the city I'm living in now.

2) Name at least two of my closest friends.

3) Name my current employer and my past employer.

4) Do I have any kids?

5) Do you know the name of my fiancé? Bonus question: Where and when did we meet?

6) Do you know where my parents are and whether they are still alive?

7) Name at least two of my hobbies.

8) How old am I?

9) Where did I go to college? (Some people might not remember whether you attended college or even graduated.)

10) Name my last boyfriend before this engagement. Bonus question: if you can name the last two and why we broke up. If you get the bonus question right, that might automatically get you in.

According to the article, anyone scoring 50 percent or below is S.O.L. But what do you think? Should your wedding guests know who you are or is it OK to open the guest list to friends of friends?


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