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When the wedding planning begins, one of the first tasks you’ll have to tackle will be who you’re inviting! And trust us, finalizing your guest list can be quite a job! Whether its family or coworkers, you will be spending a ton of time thinking about just how much you really like some people. Here are some expert tips on how to make the process a bit easier for you!
1. Involve Everyone
Start by creating a list and get input from the two of you and both sets of parents. The lists should contain must-have guests as well as those you would like to have if your budget and venue will allow it.
2. Use a System
When creating a guest list, be sure to use a Guest List Manager that you can edit in real time. A lot of wedding sites like the knot.com have a wedding list that you can easily export in order to help you create a seating chart, track your RSVP’s and wedding gifts. It’s more than helpful to have everyone’s contact info in one place.
3. Know your Limits
Before you do anything, you need to know your venue’s maximum capacity. Don’t count on the sources who tell you 10%-30% of the guests will RSVP “no”.You can invite a few more than your space can handle but be careful or else you will find yourself in a serious dilemma!
4. Be Consistent
When you decide who to cut from your guest list, as hard as it may be, you need to stick to the rules you set regardless. If you decide you don’t want to invite children to your wedding, don’t let your cousin talk you into letting her bring hers. Making exceptions can cause hurt feelings and some not-so-happy guests.
5. Don’t Forget Your Budget
The number of guests you invite to your wedding has a MAJOR impact on how much your wedding costs. The caterer may charge per plate or charge more for a range of guests. More guests also will mean renting more tables, chairs and glassware. And don’t forget more tables will mean creating more centerpieces. If you are set on a large group, you may need to cut costs in other areas.