Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Wedding Guest List 101: What You Need to Know

Weddings are truly so much fun to attend — and plan, too! Whether you recently got engaged or you’re in the midst of planning for your big day, there are certain details that seem quite difficult to map out, such as your guest list. From old friends and co-workers, to relatives from both sides of the family, it can be a little stressful when creating this essential list. If you’re not sure where to start, we’re here to help with these tips:

Always Start With Family

This seems like the most obvious tip for all wedding planning activities, but it’s the best solution. First and foremost, it’s important to figure out how many guests you’ll be hosting on your big day. When you have the definite number, section off half of that for your family members on both sides. This will not only eliminate any awkward invitation skips, but will also make you feel much better knowing that the most important guests will be there.

Move Onto Friends

Once you establish your family invites, it's time to tackle the most overwhelming of tasks: the remainder of your guest list. Yes, your wedding is a fun and joyous occasion, but it can also be quite stressful when you have to decide who’s going to make the cut. When making this decision, the best step is to start writing down the names of every friend you can both think of. However, when jotting down these names, make sure that the two of you anticipate that each of your potential guests will bring a plus one! Once you’ve exhausted every name you can think of, it’s time to start crossing off names of those you haven’t spoken to within the last five years  (although, that’s completely up to you). Your wedding should be about making fun memories — and not replicating your 10 year high school reunion (you want place cards on your big day, not name tags)!

Make it Digital

One of the best ways to keep track of your wedding day RSVPs is to create a digital database on your computer or phone. Before you begin to send out your invitations, make a list of your potential attendees and their contact information on one column/page of your database. Once this step is completed, then it’s time to send out your invitations in the mail! Before the RSVP date arrives, you’ll want to also create a section that states whether the guest will attend, will bring a guest, or will not attend. By creating this wedding day essential on a digital platform, you’ll be able to access it on the go and update it without any need to waste paper — or scribble out names and important information! 

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