It is so exciting to think who will all be attending your wedding and how fun it will be! Creating your wedding guest list is definitely one wedding task that takes a lot of time and consideration. Then finalizing that list can be a pain but we have got you covered. Try using these 5 easy tips to get that guest list completed.
- Begin by having both of you create you own personal wedding guest list. Have this list include family, friends, coworkers and whoever else you think is important to attend. Then add your lists together and get the total number of guests. I think this is a great way just to get an initial idea of how many people may be attending. If when you total the lists up and the total is outrageously large then it is time to compare and edit. Look for similarities and differences between lists. For example did you only include immediate family, aunts, uncles and first cousins but your fiance listed their whole family tree. Take those differences are start editing them down.
- Give your family a say. Not only is your wedding an important day in your life but it is also an important day for your parents. I think it is a great idea to ask your parents for a guest list. Plus this makes them feel included in the wedding planning process.
- Compile all lists and start the final edit. Looking at this huge compiled list may feel daunting but take a deep breath and start with this one easy editing tip. Grab two different colored highlighters and begin highlighting with one color, your list must-haves. These are the people that you and your fiance feel like must be there for your day. Then use your second colored highlighter for your like-to-haves. These are the people that you would love to have there if the budget and venue capacity allows.
- Know your restrictions. It is so important to know your venue’s maximum SEATED capacity. Always double check to make sure that the maximum capacity that you are getting is with guests seated at tables. Please, please, please DO NOT invite more than your venue’s maximum capacity. Planning for guests to RSVP “no” is not a good game plan. Every single wedding is different so do not count on peoples RSVP “no’s” to invite more to your wedding. With any luck all will want to attend and then you have a problem on your hands. And let’s face it no one wants to have to unnvite someone to their wedding….awkward.
- Remember your budget. You are probably so sick of dealing with the dang wedding day budget by now but it is important to keep in mind at all times. It’s simple, the more people you invite the more your wedding will cost. A huge expense of a wedding is food and for every extra person you invite you add another plate to the bill. Also don’t forget about all your rental and decor items, more guests means more chairs, linens, centerpieces, dishes, glassware, favors, etc. If your list is truly full of must haves and there is just no one who can be cut from the list, be ready to start cutting back in other areas of your wedding.
I hope these 5 tips help get you to a stress free finalized guest list. If you have any tips or tricks that helped you come up with your guest list leave them in the comments below!