Make A List Monday ~ The Guest List

Creating a guest list can be one of the most challenging things you embark upon when planning your wedding. If you’ve got that Mother who just has to invite all her friends, or a fiancé who wants to invite everyone at work, there has to be some communication about who will get that beautiful invitation in the mail and who will be viewing your beautiful wedding pictures a month later from the comfort of their own home.

Think of those close to you that received that exciting phone call that you got engaged? Let’s start there. Those family members and friends should be the first to go on your list. From there, make sure to include any other immediate family. Make sure your fiancée creates their own list as well.

Try to refrain from sharing the big announcement to anyone you aren’t close with who may be offended if they are not invited to your special day. Beyond your intimate initial list of guests, try to work from the inside out. What I mean by that is that you should take that close-knit group and add to it with people you “must have” outward to people you’d “like to have”.

Continue expanding the list until you’ve included everyone you’d want to be present at your wedding. Make sure again, that your fiancée is still creating his list. Next, what you’ll want to do is compile your list with your fiancée’s list and make sure no one overlaps. Make sure you add anyone that you initially forgot about and begin wrapping up your list. If there is anyone you can’t agree on that is on one of your lists, have a brief discussion and weigh out your decision to include or exclude that person and remember, someone will have to compromise, but hey, that’s what marriage is all about, so why not start now!

Separate your list into family, friends and acquaintances.

Now, depending on your budget, you will have to trim your list accordingly in order to accommodate your budget. If you are under your budget, great! If you’re over by 1 or 100+ guests, you will need to give your guest list a “hair cut” or at the very least, a trim! This time, work from the “outside”, “in” from each section; family, friends and acquaintances. This will make it easier for you to narrow it down without excluding those important members of your family or your closest friends!

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