Skip to main content

Consider these aspects when creating your wedding guest list

With all of the many things that go into planning a wedding, it can slip your mind to plan your wedding guest list. Of course you are going to make a list of everyone that you would like to invite to your big, but actually planning your wedding guest list is much more than that.

There are probably so many people that you would love to have attend your special day, but there are a lot of different aspects that you have to consider to create a wedding that can accommodate your number of attendants. Of course your budget is one of the most obvious aspects of your guest list size, believe it or not, but there are a few more things that you should take into consideration as well.

Although you may need to trim your guest list here and there, you can do it without coming off as malicious or forgetful of others. So, what all do you need to know to truly plan out your wedding guest list? Here at I Thee Wed, wedding planning is our specialty, so we know the ins and outs of weddings and we want to help you plan a realistic and budget friendly guest list for yours, so be sure to continue reading to learn more:

·         Set your priorities. Although family may be one of the most important things to you, it is likely that there is family that you hardly know or barely keep in touch with, if at all. So, it is important to make sure that you have all of your immediate family with you on your special day, and then continue to decide which other family members you would like to attend as well. Obviously, your venue can only hold so many guests, so it is important that you coordinate your guest list to accommodate your space.

·         Kid friendly. Kids are such a wonderful part of our lives, from nieces and nephews to your best friend’s little ones, these children have a lot of energy and a need to be constantly entertained. There are probably a large number of your friends and family members who have little ones of their own, therefore, it is important that you choose whether you want kids present on your big day or not. If you choose to allow children to attend your wedding, for your sake and their parent’s sake, it is recommended that you create a fun environment to keep them entertained too, as a busy kid is a kid that stays out of trouble.
·         Plus one’s. Not all of your wedding guests will be attached to a significant other, but may still want a friend or date to accompany them to your wedding. Overall, you and your partner have the deciding vote on whether or not you want to allow your unmarried guests to bring a plus one. However, it shows a sign of respect if you extend a plus one to those loved ones who are in committed, long term relationships. But, if you are looking to save some space or a few dollars within your wedding budget, limiting those plus one’s is a great way to do so.

There is a lot that goes into planning your wedding, none of which should stress you out! Here at I Thee Wed, we take pride in our impressive wedding planning skills, so when you are ready to start planning your big day, contact us, so that we can begin discussing your wedding dreams.  


Photo credit for photo 1: 513 Photography

Photo credit for photo 2: Jeff Schaefer Photography

Comments

Popular posts from this blog

Unique Guest Book Ideas

As weddings have evolved, so too has the way that guests sign in after arriving for a loved one's wedding. The old-fashioned, traditional guest books are a thing of the past and more personal, fun options for guest books has take a front seat. Take a look these unique ideas to get that signature!
For the wine loving couple! Have your guests sign a handful of wine bottles that you can open up on each of your anniversaries. Or save up those corks for the big day and have your guests sign them at your wedding! You can either display them as shown in this pic, or make a cork wreath out of them.

Guests can sign a trees of leaves or place their signed hearts in a frame.
Photo Credit: Tracy Doyle Photography

A tree full of well wishes!
For the more rustic/ natural feel, they can sign part of a tree stump, a reclaimed wooden board or rocks.
Why not have them type in their name! Photo Credit: Casey Brooks
The classic photo guest book that your photographer can probably do for you.
Your gu…

A Venue Coordinator vs. A Wedding Coordinator

Unfortunately, things haven't changed much in the wedding industry regarding the confusion between a venue coordinator and a wedding coordinator. Couples still seem very confused between these two roles and end up not hiring a wedding coordinator after speaking with their venue. Their day ends up in disappointment because they assumed they would have that one, key person to go to and rely on for their entire wedding day. Instead, they have to wait until they walk through their venue doors to receive some coordination by their venue coordinator or banquet captain, who's primary responsibility is to the get the meal out on time and at an ideal temperature.

Photo Credit: Leppert Photography
So, when you begin visiting venues and you learn that a venue has an event coordinator who tells you that you do not need to hire a wedding coordinator/planner, ask them if they will show up at the hotel while you and your girls are getting ready earlier in the day. Ask if they will be with you …

Emily + Tom

One of the perks of being in this business as a planner is the opportunity that we're given to really get to know our clients. I worked with such a special family last season and felt privileged and honored to be their planner. I felt like "one of the family" with this bride's family. The closeness and openness they have with each other and the way they are enjoying life is so refreshing and inspiring. They possess a unique family closeness that I can only hope for with my family as my children grow older. Emily was so easy-going and appreciative when it came to planning her wedding, as well as with the particulars that her mom and dad expressed. Her groom Tom was equally as expressive. These two are so much in love and I had so much fun working with them!














I love this pic of the girls kissing their mama!













In case you're wondering what this is, they are "Rolling on the River"!




















Thanks to Michael Brown of Nina'sFlorist, the ballroom at Drees looked beauti…