Who will receive an invite to the most important day of your life? Setting the guest list (and navigating the feelings of friends and family) can be tough—but we have the answers to your trickiest questions.

I really can't afford to give favors. Do you have to have them?

They are by no means mandatory. So if you can't afford something you really like, just let 'em go. Your guests won't even notice. But there are a few ideas that can be pulled off on the cheap. Get two things for the price of one: Your florist can design breakaway centerpieces, so each guest can take home a tiny bouquet of flowers or a pretty plant. And some of the most guest-pleasing favors—a sweet little bag of candy, tiny packets of flower seeds—are also some of the least expensive. Lastly, some brides opt for making a donation to their favorite charity, and print up cards that read: "In lieu of a favor, a donation has been made to the ASPCA." You'll help out a good cause with the money spent, and your guests will be touched by your generous spirit.

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