A wedding is an event that gathers family and friends together, and is usually quite large. One of the most tedious tasks in the preparation of a wedding is deciding the guest list and whom to invite and not. To start off with, decide on how the exact number of guests you can invite. Then set some clear set rules to avoid missing out or offending any friends or family. Here are some pointers for you to consider.
Determine the Number of Guests
At the initial stage, you might not have an exact figure of the guests but an approximate size of the wedding is a good idea of how big or small you would want your list to be. Accordingly, the venue and wedding invitations can be decided on as this will help you get quotes and figures for the number in time. The wedding is generally considered small for people of around 50 to 75 people; an average wedding consists of about 150 guests while the larger ones exceed 200 guests or more.
The next step that helps you determine the number of guests is to decide on the budget you have allocated for your wedding. The more guests you invite, more expenses naturally will be incurred. At this point, it is useful to get price quotations from venues, caterers, event planners for décor. Invitations or any other costs for customized wedding favors such as a specific vinyl label will all have to be considered.
Size of the Venue
The size of the venue is another important consideration in the guest list as the venue must be able to accommodate the number of guests you invite; it should neither be too big or too small.
Organize the Guest List
The guest list will have to be organized in such a way that it keeps everyone satisfied therefore, dividing the list amongst yourself, your partner and your parents each with a set number of people each party can invite will in some ways help you decide on whom to invite. A good rule of thumb to follow is to divide the list in one thirds for your guests, your partner’s and one for mutual friends. Then, one fourth should go to the guests of your own, partner’s and both parties’ parents. The next one half of it goes to your friends, partners and both sides parents. Of course, the list will be divided as per your individual preferences and circumstances and only holds as a guideline for invitations.