How to create the perfect Wedding Guest List
So you finally set the date; your fiancé and you overflow with happiness, you’re dying to go to the altar … but one detail is missing: Making the guest list. You would like to invite half the world (the other half, you’re already committed to inviting), but obviously it is not possible to do so. Keep reading before you go crazy!
Set a Budget
Depending on how much money you want (and can) spend on your wedding, you will have a clearer idea of the number of guests you can bring. Do not try to do impossible things or to spend more money than you have. It is best to set a budget and only then, to choose carefully the people who will accompany you on that special day.
Do not forget the most important people. Take a moment to sit down with your fiancé and make a list of the family members who will go to the wedding. Think of those who have been fundamental in your life and do not let yourself to be overwhelmed by the commitment. Otherwise, you will end up inviting more people than you imagined, specially if they’re not currently present in your lives.
Goodbye to the acquaintences and the exes!
Forget about them! You can not imagine the number of couples inviting their college or even high school friends, with whom they no longer have a connection. The same goes for your “exes”: put them in a box and forget about them. Your wedding will hardly be the ideal date for a reunion. That is the most important day of your life, so you must surround yourselves with positive people who are grateful for your union.
Be careful with the “plus ones”!
In the process of making the guest list, be very clear about the maximum number of companions that your guests can bring to the event. The most common rule is to put one or two tickets (unless it is a special case). If your guests request more tickets, kindly remind them that you have a budget (unless you’re willing to make some exceptions).
As a last step, we recommend that your fiancé and you set up the categories of your guests: bride’s family, groom’s family, college friends, close friends, colleagues, etc. This step will allow you to have a more precise count of the essential guests attending your wedding. You can always go back and delete some names later on.
Do not seek everyone’s approval!
Make sure that those 50, 100, 200 or 300 people you invited are the ones you’ve always wanted to see on your big day. Your wedding should not be a day in which you are forced to invite anyone by commitment. This is your special day and you deserve to be surrounded by the most special people in your lives!