5 Tips for the Perfect Wedding Guest List

30
Jan
2017

If you are planning a wedding, then from your hundreds, even thousands of friends (mostly on Facebook) you’ll have to cut things down to a more manageable and economically feasible number. Here are some tips for your wedding guest list or any function…

1. STICK TO A BUDGET

With any event, everything begins with a realistic budget, so decide on this from the outset and work backwards. Since your wedding will likely be funded by yourselves or close family, you shouldn’t feel awkward about excluding anyone, because ultimately you’ll have to foot the bill.

2. KNOW YOUR VENUE

Most venues will have a limited capacity of guests they can accommodate comfortably, know this number and use it as a guideline. If a reception room can accommodate, say 200 guests, that will help you set a target or upper limit.

Doyles Bridge Hotel caters for up to 220 guests, so ensure you select the appropriate sized wedding function room to match the size of your guest list.

3. CREATE A GRADING SYSTEM

Start with a huge list of every person you and your partner would ideally like to attend the wedding, then grade them using a scale from A-LIST (must invite), B-LIST (maybe invite), to C-LIST (sorry no invite).

Remember, many of the people you wish to invite will be in a relationship so you may also need to invite their partner.

4. INVOLVE YOUR PARENTS

It’s also a good idea to get your parents input at this stage (particularly if they are contributing financially to the cost), as they may have a few ‘odd relatives’ or old friends they’ll want to invite. Since you’ve set a limit on guests from your side, it is not unreasonable to tactfully set limits on how many additional guests your parents can invite – at the end of the day it’s a number game.

5. NO LAST MINUTE GUESTS

There will be a few awkward moments in the lead up to your wedding with people asking, “Why haven’t I been invited…” You might not be able to get away with, “It’s a small family affair …”, especially if you post pictures of your 200 guests on Instagram. So, just be assured in your response. Most people will understand if you explain honestly that you weren’t able to invite everyone you would have wished.

 

SOMES FINAL RULES

When in doubt here are some questions you can ask yourself….

Have you actually seen them in the last couple of years? If the answer is ‘no’, then maybe it’s ok to leave them off the list.

Are you OK not inviting children to the wedding? There is nothing wrong with having adult guests only.

Did you attend their wedding? This can be awkward…we’ll leave it for you to decide this one!

 

 

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