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How to Tastefully Navigate Your Wedding Guest B-List

Updated: Mar 28, 2023

As a team of wedding experts, we understand the importance of creating a memorable and enjoyable experience for all guests. However, the task of creating a guest list can often be overwhelming and stressful, especially when it comes to deciding who should make the A-list and who should be added to the B-list. In this comprehensive guide, we'll walk you through the do's and don'ts of creating a B-list, and share tips on how to make all of your guests feel included and valued.

What is a B-list?

A B-list is a secondary list of guests that are invited to the wedding if there is enough space or if someone from the A-list declines their invitation. While creating a B-list is a common practice, it's important to handle the situation with care to avoid hurt feelings or misunderstandings.

Dos and Don'ts of creating a B-list

Do: Consider your budget and venue capacity Before creating your B-list, it's important to determine your budget and venue capacity. This will help you to determine how many guests you can realistically invite to your wedding, and will make the decision-making process much easier.

Do: Wait until you receive RSVPs from your A-list guests It's important to wait until you receive RSVPs from your A-list guests before sending out invitations to your B-list. This will ensure that you have an accurate count of how many guests will be attending your wedding, and will avoid any confusion or awkwardness if someone from the A-list declines their invitation.

Do: Send invitations early If you plan on inviting guests from your B-list, it's important to send out invitations as soon as possible. This will give your guests plenty of time to make travel arrangements and adjust their schedules if necessary.

Don't: Make your guests feel like an afterthought It's important to approach your B-list with sensitivity and care. Make sure that your guests don't feel like an afterthought or second choice, and ensure that they feel just as valued and appreciated as your A-list guests.

Don't: Invite guests who are unlikely to attend It's important to be realistic when creating your B-list. Inviting guests who are unlikely to attend can be a waste of time and resources, and can also be hurtful to those who feel like they are being used as a backup plan.

How to make all guests feel included

One way to make all of your guests feel included and valued is to create a personalized experience for each and every guest. This can include personalized place cards, welcome gifts, and special activities or events throughout the wedding weekend.

Another way to make all guests feel included is to create a seating chart that encourages guests to mingle and get to know one another. By strategically placing guests who have similar interests or backgrounds together, you can create an atmosphere of warmth and inclusivity that will make all of your guests feel at home.


Creating a B-list can be a difficult and stressful process, but with the right approach and mindset, it can be a way to ensure that all of your loved ones are able to share in your special day. By following these do's and don'ts, and focusing on inclusivity and personalization, you can create a wedding experience that is unforgettable for all of your guests.

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