You’re engaged, you’ve booked your wedding venue and have your date, now it’s time to start your guest list. Family, friends, coworkers, that third cousin, twice removed? Who makes it on the list and how do you navigate all of those special scenarios? As you can see, this task can get complicated, so I’m here to give you 3 easy ways to get your wedding guest list started.
1. Make Your Dream Wedding Guest List
Start by writing down everyone you’d like to have at your wedding. This includes family, friends, coworkers, and anyone else you think would be fun to have at your wedding to celebrate with you. And then have your fiancé do the same thing. This gives you a great starting point. You’ll want to chat with your parents about who they would like to be there as well, especially if they are helping financially. Once you have this done, count them up. If you’re close to or under your ideal number, then great, you can move on to booking your DJ. If your list is way above your ideal guest count, it’s time to start trimming.
2. Refine Your Wedding Guest List
There are a few ways to do this. You can take off coworkers you barely talk to, or those third cousins twice removed that you’ve only seen one time in your life. You can also eliminate allowing guests to bring dates. As a general rule, 20% of your invited guest list won’t be able to come. Unfortunately for you, you can’t choose that 20%, but that can give you some wiggle room with the amount of invites you send out as well.
3. Settle on Your Ideal Wedding Guest List
The biggest thing you need to remember in making your list, is that this is your wedding day. Keep in mind that you won’t have enough time have a 10 minute conversation with everyone who comes, it’s just not mathematically possible. So if you’re more of an introvert, a smaller wedding will be a lot more enjoyable for you. Your venue most likely has a maximum number, and for most people, so does your budget! Cutting down your guest list is an effective way to save on the cost of your wedding, so if that is a concern of yours, trim away 😉 If you love being the center of attention, have lots of family and friends and have the budget for it, by all means invite everyone! But remember, not everyone you know will be able to come to your wedding, so don’t feel guilty about cutting the list down.
These 3 easy ways to get your wedding guest list started should have you on the right path, and very close to your ideal guest number. At the end of the day, it’s up to you who is invited to your wedding. So grab a glass of wine and start writing down those names, because after this, you get to pick your invitation designs 🙂
Cheers to Love,