the cellphone invitation rule

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

what's the point of this blog if not to share some of my words of wisdom?

and do i have an amazing gem of knowledge to throw down on you today.

it's called "the cellphone invitation rule" (i just made that up, it took me hours to concept), and while the title is quite literal, it's a rule that has been generally unknown to the public until today, june 9th 2009.

you can go ahead and thank me in advance, because this rule is going to blow your mind.

when a bride/groom or mother/father-to-be are planning the following festivities,
-wedding
-bridal shower(s)
-bachlorette party
-bachelor party
-baby shower(s)

...and the time comes to put together the invite list it's a great rule of thumb to put "the cellphone invitation" rule to use.

go through your cellphone to find the friends that you are inviting to the event. if you don't have their number in one of your cellphones then THEY SHOULDN'T BE INVITED - you obviously don't talk to them enough.

think about it, if i don't know you well enough to have your phone number then there is no way in hell that you are coming to my wedding (that'll be the day, but work with me here).

you see i have some experience on this, one could possibly call me a wedding whore - i have a huge group of friends, and a huge family causing me to have a lot of events.

i swear i'm not complaining about the events, i love everyone, but when i get an invite to something from a random acquaintance (whose phone number i don't have) - a friend of a friend, i can't help but think why the hell am i invited to this and why the hell would they think i wanted to go?

being invited to a non-cellphone number wedding is almost as bad as getting an invitation to an event via your mother's house. if you don't care enough to send me an invitation at my home for the last four years, i'm not coming. (i actually wrote a whole prune of the week post about this very topic last year)

so for all of you brides-to-be who are struggling with your wedding invite list being too large consider the cellphone invitation rule as your savior. start crossing off those friends from high school that you haven't spoken to in 6 years and those coworkers from three jobs ago.

don't waste the money on the plated dinner, because they probably don't want to go anyways.

41 comments:

  1. Eloping looks better and better every day...

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  2. Surprisingly, there's people in my cellphone I wouldn't even want to invite.

    Also, what LiLu said.

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  3. You are a genius. And I third LiLu.

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  4. Not that I have any events to invite anyone to, but this makes me want to go clean out the contacts in my phone.

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  5. Not only do I "fourth" LiLu, but I completely agree with you. In fact, I always use my cell phone to make sure I'm not forgetting to invite anyone to 90% of the events I plan!

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  7. I don't think I've EVER gotten a wedding invitation at my house or apartment. I AM 31. Granted I do move a lot, and I'm not usually in the same place for more than two years....but how hard is it to ask me, or my parents for my address? I am a 31-year old that still gets invitations sent to mommy and daddy's house. Real nice :)

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  8. im probably the weirdo who has every fucking person i've ever talked to still in my phone.

    yep...

    but you, alexa, never fail to amaze me with your brilliance. i promise to consider your thought when the time comes.

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  9. This is useful information, believe me.

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  10. People ARE crazy and this rule is a good one!

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  11. This shall be filed away for use at a later date!

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  12. If LiLu elopes i will KILL HER. I plan on getting SHITFACED at her wedding.

    Wait, I am invited, right?

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  14. Cellphone invitation? And here I thought Facebook event application is easier to use and in handy lol

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  15. If I don't have someone's phone number, it's even LESS likely that I'll have their address to send a paper invitation to. GOod tip!

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  16. OK so when I drink, I am very social. This leaves me in a weird place because alot of time I take down random numbers from people in a drunken haze and when they call I'm like wtf?

    so yeah, right now I probably have about 12 numbers that I have no clue where they are from. But the funny thing is? I dont even have alot of family members phone numbers.

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  17. This is freaking genius. My sister is getting married next summer and her original list was above 400 people. As the matron-of-honor (God that makes me sound old), I have had a series of almost heart attacks at the thought of this, and I can't seem to talk her into trimming the list down. I'm going to try this tactic. Genius, genius....

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  18. You so smaaaahhht! Though, like others have suggested, there were a fair number of people in my cell phone that I definitely didn't invite to our wedding!

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  19. one of my friends was even more stringent: if she hadn't talked to someone in over a year, they didn't get an invite. i'm sure there were some exceptions, but that was her rule of thumb to base the list off of...

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  20. Wow, this is amazingly true! What a great idea.....
    =)

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  21. How I supposed to net mad congratulatory cash & swag if I don't invite everyone I've ever met?!

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  22. They tend to say they changed phone numbers and thats why they dont answer.

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  23. Now that's a rule to live by.

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  24. I sooo agree with that rule!! As for invitations sent to my parents house..seriously what is up with that??!!

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  25. I think that's a great rule to live by. It would really streamline the inviting and planning process. Oh and if you invite someone and they say "aw shit" on the phone, disinvite immediately.

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  26. Such a good rule!

    The other day I was struggling with whether or not to attend a bachelorette party and a friend of mine said- if she didn't call you within a week of getting engaged then you don't have to feel bad for not going. So I'm not. Thought you'd like that one too, it narrows things down even further.

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  27. I love this rule. I also hate when I get invited to family events and my name is on the invite with my parents, like all 3 of us are a couple. But the way I see it they then only get one gift. Yep I just sign the card to the gift my parents bought. So really they are just screwing themselves out of an extra gift.

    I may not have your number but i get married you are for sure invited.

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  28. i like the rule!
    now pardon me while i go delete some people from my cell phone...lol

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  29. My baby brother got married last weekend. He and his wife invited 600 people! I'm not kidding you. The phone rule really would have helped them out.

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  30. This is genius! However, my contact list is shitty because a lot of the people who I would LOVE to have at my wedding I've sadly lost contact with. So this rule wouldn't work for me, but for the people who actually have awesome social lives? Yes, this is perfect ;)

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  31. obsessed with this rule. i should totes relay to my hubs who was upset he wasn't invited to a h.s. friend's wedding -- i don't think they've talked in the 7 years we've been together -- and they're DEF not in each other's cell phones.

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  32. I TOTALLY did this when Mike and I got married two years ago.

    I never knew it had a name, but I didn't invite anyone whose number wasn't in my phone.

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  33. This rule is genius. It also probably applies to non-wedding events, too. It is universal.

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  34. im not good at math. but i know presents. The more people you invite, the more presents you get. Even if its a dinner, their likely to bring you wine. Who doesn't like wine?

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  35. I used a similar rule to this with our wedding guest list. The rule was, with each person, ask yourself if you'd be comfortable calling them out of the blue for no particular reason. If not, then they aren't invited. The end.

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  36. Yeh, so not doing all the wedding rigamarole. Might do the shower so I can have a registry and then just surprise everyone and get married RIGHT THERE.

    Well, first you need a fiance. And before that you need a boyfriend.

    OK, so this is all a moot point for me!

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  37. i totally agree with your rule wholeheartedly.

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  38. this is a GREAT philosophy, totally agree.

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  39. your so smart... I never thought of it.

    I am in the eloping club, but I will remember that for the party afterward.

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  40. Words cannot express how much I agree with you on this! And if you can't come up with anyone to invite, get out there and make some friends, real friends.

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