Today’s Wedding Wednesday feature is about creating your guest list without the additional stress. I have truly been enjoying sharing tidbits about the wedding here and there with you all so I thought it was time to share another wedding related post. I’ve officially finalized my guest list for the wedding and I am so stoked about it. It was a very daunting task but now that it’s over, I am beyond thrilled. One of my favorite websites throughout the entire wedding planning process has been theKnot. They have provided me with tons of insight on how to go about the wedding planning business as a newbie wedding planner. Today I decided to share with you some tips and tricks on creating your guest list and making the process as seamless as possible because trust me, it will probably be one of the more difficult parts of wedding planning.
Creating Your Guest List
- Be realistic about the number of people you can invite // Unfortunately, you’re not going to be able to invite absolutely everyone to the wedding and that’s okay. Your friend from high school that you haven’t spoken to in at least two years is not going to be offended, I promise.
- Have a general number of how many people you’ll be inviting prior to booking your venue // Make sure to have a rough number prior to picking out your wedding venue. Your venue will only be able to accommodate so many people so be mindful of that.
- Decide on your cutting rules // If you don’t want kids or are planning on limiting your number of plus ones, make this known up front so there aren’t any hurt feelings later on. You could do this by addressing the invite to specifically the couple and not saying the ____ family. If it’s a friend of yours and you’ve never the person’s current significant other, you don’t have to feel obligated to invite them.
- Conduct the one year test // If you haven’t seen or spoken to the person in the past year or so, it’s probably okay to keep them off the list.
- Set your boundaries and stick to them // Don’t let people make you feel like you have to add them onto the guest list. If it’s not in the budget then that’s that. It would be nice if we could invite everyone, but that would cost a small fortune.
- Don’t let the stress consume you // This is the biggest thing I had to learn when creating the guest list because I didn’t want to leave anyone out or hurt any feelings but sometimes that’s inevitable so you need to remember that you can’t make absolutely everyone happy.
If you’re planning a wedding currently, I hope that these tips helped you with creating your guest list. If not, then hopefully this list can help you out in the future.