I recently read that smaller weddings were becoming more 'on trend' these days. While I don't truly believe that anyone creates their guest list based on what’s considered 'trendy". I do think that more couples are forgoing the expectations and pressures of wedding culture and focusing on what's most important to them, leading to smaller weddings in some cases. As a card-carrying member of the small wedding club, I wanted to give some first hand perspective of the real truths, both the shiny and the dark ones, about having a small wedding.Read More
Hello! We're moving right along in our Wedding Planning Basics Series and today we're chatting about how to manage your guest list. Each of these planning steps builds on the foundation of the last, and none go more hand in hand that creating your budget and managing your guest list.
Managing Your Guest List
Money and Relationships can be two of the most complicated factors in life,
so it's not surprising that Wedding Budgets and Guest Lists tend to be
two of the hardest pieces of your initial planning phase.
What makes the guest list so difficult? It seems on the surface, like a fairly simple task. When you're talking about people, it's never that cut and dry. Especially because these are people that you love and care about. Or you don't, but someone you love does.
Your guest list is the single biggest factor that influences your budget. So let's learn how to best manage it.
How to Manage Your Guest List
Create your Base Guest List. These are your non-negotiable people. You couldn't imaging your wedding day without them present. Create the rest of your list in priority order.
Request lists for your family in Priority Order. This is hugely important.
Compare Your Base Guest List with Your Budget and your venue short list.
Add or subtract from your priority ordered list based from there.
Make hard cuts, if needed.
Once you've gotten through your budget talks and creating your guest list, it's time for a little Planning Celebration Break! Go out to dinner. Open a nice bottle of wine. Treat each other to something fun!
Next in the series we're talking all about finding your dream venue and how to know when it's the best fit for you!
I'd love to hear from you if this series is having an impact on your planning process! Leave a comment or questions below, or reach out to me at email@example.com.
When I’m determining my guest list, should I include a plus-one guest for the members of my wedding party?
Oh, the hotly debated plus-one guest conundrum. I’ve seen even the most aligned couples and friends become vastly divided on this topic.Read More