Ah, the guest list. Perhaps the most hotly contested item of the entire wedding planning process, especially if the parents are contributing money to the wedding. And no matter how large or small your budget, the guest list is going to be a struggle to control. It's a complicated dance of keeping your significant other, his parents, your parents and you, happy. But remember that nothing, I repeat, NOTHING can affect the final budget like the guest list as more people = more money. So you all have to be firm on this. And fair. And respect everyone's feelings and decisions. The Irish peace talks seem like a tea party in comparison to some feuds that have erupted around making the guest list so be mindful of the emotions running high.