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