Q: The bride gave us her guest list for the bridal shower. There's seventy people on it! Do we have to invite everyone to the shower?
A: No. Wedding showers aren't intended to be just gift-grabbing parties-the original purpose is to let the bride celebrate with her closest friends and family.
Our tip: go over the guest list with the bride and see if there are people she can leave out. Tell her that you simply can't afford to invite everyone on her list and that you were planning a more intimate affair. Who can be left out? Those the bride doesn't know well and those who are being invited to other showers, for starters. And, of course, make sure that everyone on her list is being invited to the wedding.