When you pay a caterer by the head, every guest is a ka-ching on the total bill—not just for the food and drink, but also for tips and taxes, which rise accordingly. Here are some ways to keep the list under control:
-Don’t invite the whole office—either just ask your boss and your closest friends at work or no one at all.
-Don’t dig into your old address book for blasts from the past; stick to those people you see regularly.
-Rein in parents. They can invite their friends, but they don’t have to ask the garden club and the tennis buddies and the former neighbors.
Quick Tip: It’s likely everyone will be going snap-happy with their camera phones. To avoid ending up with 300 nearly identical shots, give guests a few ideas (print up a card to place on each table). Suggest one photo of each couple at the table, some goofy dance pics and a surprise shot of their choice—all to be shared later.