How to create a guest list for your wedding

Cake tasting is fun and easy. Shopping for a wedding gown is a little tedious but not draining. Creating a guest list is draining and tedious. There is no shortcut to it. Can you imagine how many people you have in your circles and you would love to see them all at your wedding? Unfortunately, having them all attend your wedding would call for you to increase your budget.  Maybe the budget is already strained. Here is where the work begins.

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You and your partner need to come to terms with the fact that it’s your big day and you deserve to be happy not oppressed by budgets. It goes without saying, some people will not be pleased by the decisions you will make, but you have to stand firm.

Here are some tips that will help you create a guest list with a lot of ease.

Decide on the size of the wedding you want

A small wedding ranges between 50-100 attendees. A medium wedding ranges between 100-199 people, and a big wedding involves over 200 attendees. With the statistics in mind, you are armed enough to settle on the number of people you want to invite.

What’s your budget?

It is crucial for you to know that the higher the number of guests you will have, the more money you will have to spend. I know from the beginning we agreed that you would not be a people pleaser but your guest deserves to be comfortable, eat well and have enough to drink. That said, you cannot afford to give such luxury to a whole congregation. You need to cut on the numbers.

The internet has a vast number of budget calculators that will help you see the cost implication for every guest you add or remove.

Have two lists (List A and B)

Chances are you are staring at you screen wondering why you should have two lists. List A is for people who can’t afford to miss at your wedding. List B belongs to people you would love to have, but it can only happen if an opportunity crops up.

It is advisable to send out the invitations for list A early enough so that if you receive regrets, you will have ample time to invite people on list B.

Make rules and stick by them

You already have your guest list ready, and I promise you not everyone will be happy with it. People especially parents will try talking you into adding more people to your list. You need to stand your ground but if anyone insists on you adding to the list, let them help you chip into the budget. This might dissuade them. You might experience some guilty feelings, but it gets better with time.

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Last minute add-on

If there is one thing, you should avoid like a plague is last minute add-on. I know, it can be quite tempting, but you have to resist the temptation. In case you feel tempted to adjust the list, remember all the hard work you put up to have an operational list.

Crunching guest list numbers and coming up with names is not easy but it’s among the things you many challenging things you have to put up with as part of wedding preparation. Make the most brilliant decision for your big day.

Are you ready to work on your guest list?