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Determining who belongs on your wedding's guest list is a complex feat, so you can only imagine how complicated witting down the after-party list can get. While you want to include those you love, nothing is quite as overwhelming as an over-packed after party. Not to mention, cutting the wrong names from the list can result in major drama. To help you make those tough calls, our etiquette experts weigh in on how to craft your after-party guest list with minimal turmoil.
First, consider the capacity of your your after-party venue. If there is a space limit, you should be aware of it before beginning to make guest list cuts. Next, determine who belongs on your non-negotiable list. To put it simply: think of the core group you absolutely must have at your after party. Your bridal party, closest friends, and family will likely fall into this category. If you're ambivalent about a guest, he or she probably shouldn't attend your after-party celebration.
Finally, take a moment to think about who may expect an invitation, and which wedding guests might be offended if they are excluded. Including some co-workers and not others, or some family members but not others may result in hurt feelings or conflict regardless of how close you feel to them. As a rule of thumb, try to keep your after-party guest list as streamlined as possible unless you wish to invite your entire wedding guest list (which, trust us, you don't want to do).