I will cut to the chase on this one, our guest list began at 120 and has grown to 220! In order to fit into our reception space (and maintain my sanity) we need to cut at least 30 people from this list. My fiance has roughly 30 more names on the list than me, so all of our cuts will be coming from his side.
The problem? His parents forced the names of 20 of their friends on to that list and are telling my fiance we must invite these people. His parents' most important extra friend is the worst of them all. Without getting into details, he made my fiance's high school years miserable. My fiance is willing to invite this man because it means so much to his parents. I am not, it is our wedding, not theirs and my fiance hates this potential guest.
In terms of the other 30 guests we need to remove from the list, my fiance plans to cut many of his fraternity brothers instead of starting with his parents' friends. We had so many good times with these guys in college and I know that our reception will be fun because of them. I am worried that the number of our friends and people under the age of 40 on our guest list is dwindling and being replaced with his parents' friends.
How should we handle the guest list cuts? Should we pay for the horrible guest I mentioned just because his parents will throw a fit if we don't?