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Making The Cut: Wedding Guest List Survival Guide

Decisions, decisions, decisions! It’s natural to want to invite everyone you know to your wedding. However, it is important to remember that you have a list of your own and so does your fiancé. Not to mention the list that both of your parents have that you haven’t even seen yet. By the time you combine all the names on everyone’s list the magic number you thought was reasonable has probably doubled and now you are so overwhelmed!

Not to worry. Here are a few tips to help you keep your sanity. Call it your little survival guide.

Establish your strategy:

There are strategies you can use to tackle your guest list.

1. If your budget is not a deciding factor, create your guest list first and then scout your venue size and catering based on your guest list amount.

2. Establish your catering budget first so you can realistically decide on the cost per person you are able to afford. That will give you a general idea of what your guest list number should be.

It’s your wedding so be sure that your wishes take precedence unless of course your wedding is being partially or fully financed by your family.

If you are taking full financial responsibility of your big day, say no to additional guests in order to ensure that you are including the people that matter the most to you. Take for instance, your moms second cousin that she insist that you invite but you haven’t seen, heard from or have had a relationship with in years. Or how about your parents co-workers or your cousin’s new boyfriend that you’ve only met once. If your guest list is already bursting at the seams and you haven’t even accommodated your own close friends, then you need to stand firm and decline any unnecessary additions to your guest list.

Decide if you want to invite children to your wedding.

Believe or not, children are included in your guest count. Some venues and caterers don’t provide lower rates for children. They are accounted for at the same rate as an adult guest. If budget is not an issue then invite as many children as you want but if it is you’ll want to evaluate just how many children, if any you plan on inviting. Imagine spending $180 per person for a six year old to only push the food around on his or her plate.

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