One of the many things that might stress you out while planning your wedding is creating your guest list. You have to come up with a list of the most important people in your life, your partner’s life, as well as those close to your parents and in-laws. It is a lot of people to please! It can get messy but the best way to keep things simple is to have a go-to strategy already in place! Here are some of the best tips and tricks for scaling down your guest list to the perfect number.
Know the cost per person.
You will want to know the cost per person and max capacity of your venue, no matter your budget. Knowing this information will allow you to set a definite number of how many people you can invite based on what you can afford.
Invite people who will be part of your future.
Your wedding day has to do with celebrating your future and what’s to come for you as a couple. Don’t feel obligated to invite your middle school friend who you haven’t spoken to in a year because you probably won’t speak to them for another year or so after your wedding
Please Dear Parents, don’t go overboard on inviting friends.
Your parents may start adding every person they know to the list. Ask your parents to be practical and share with them your desire to keep things small and intimate, focusing on the people who you couldn’t imagine being without on your big day!
No Plus Ones.
The beauty of planning your wedding is that you get to decide who attends your big day. If that means you have to say no to your Aunt’s boyfriend of the week, that’s perfectly ok! You can also consider giving a plus-one to those guests who are engaged or living together. Remember, you have every right to set the terms!
Eliminating children from your guest list can help keep the guest count down. Plus, parents need a night out anyway! You will also feel better about your decision if you picture a child that starts hysterically crying in the middle of your vows… It works, right? In all seriousness, children can cause your guest list to go up by 20 or 30 people.