We all know that your wedding day is supposed to be the happiest day of your life. But, before you can get to that point, you need to arrange your wedding guestlist. This is the part that can get tricky and even become political. For the bride and groom, the wedding guestlist can take some time and you want to ensure that you get it right so you can enjoy your big day. Here are some tips on how you can prepare your wedding guestlist and to ensure you are both content with the outcome.
Know If You Want to Go Big
First of all, the bride and groom should consider how many guests they want at their wedding. For some people, they want to make it a grand occasion and for there to be a lot of loved ones present. For others, a small and intimate wedding is special and preferred. So, ask yourself what type of wedding you want and what suits your personality. Once you have a number in your head, this can allow you to start considering what guests are going to be invited.
Split the Guestlist
Acknowledge that both the bride and groom must have equal opportunity to invite guests. So, to begin with, it is best to split the number of wedding guests you can invite. This allows the bride and groom ample opportunity to invite their family and friends. Of course, it is likely that one person in the couple is going to have less people they want to invite and the other is going to have more. At this point, you can then start to invite more people from one side once the other is satisfied they have everyone on the list they want.
Work on the Guestlist with Other Plans
A lot of people work on their guestlist in isolation from their other wedding plans. But, this is not something that is recommended. Otherwise, you will not have a picture of where everyone is going to sit or even how many people you can invite. You can use our wedding planning guide to help you make big decisions and work on the guestlist at the same time. This way, you can make progress all at once and ensure you have the right number.
Accept You Cannot Please Everyone
When it comes to a wedding guestlist the numbers can go on and on. You can start inviting children of couples and offering plus-ones. It can be endless. There are even going to be family members you have not spoken to in years and people your parents want to invite that you do not even know. But, it is important to remember that not everyone is going to be able to come and you are not obligated to invite everyone either. Stick to your guest limit and try to be fair when offering plus-ones and working out the child policy. But, ultimately, remember that it is your big day – make sure it is memorable for all the right reasons.