4 Easy Ways To Decide On How Many Guests To Invite For Your Wedding

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.

Budget Planning

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.

For The Love Of Sheds!

The door of the old wooden shed in my grandparent’s backyard would creak as I pushed it open. The smell of wood, varnish and a collection of unknown but equally pleasant odours would hit my nostrils as I happily greeted my grandfather.
His shed; his colourfully painted, rickety old shed was his sanctuary. Perfectly ordered drawers with small painted on labels filled with any number of interesting and only possibly useful objects; jars stacked on shelves filled with old nails and screws; tools hanging on the wall, their absence easily noticed by their painted outlines. Yes, his shed was his sanctuary, his small, controlled and personal sanctuary. Used by him as a time out for himself, a place to do odd jobs, a haven for quiet and a piece of the world that was his and his alone.

The importance of sheds is often overlooked; from the humble backyard shed, whether it be a simple, old wooden design, an easy to assemble farm sheds, all the way through to rural sheds and barns we often look past them in everyday life.

We live in a very versatile world with different climates, careers, needs, desires and requirements. One thing we all have in common is a space to call our own whether that be for recreational purposes all the way to supporting our livelihood. There is no difference between the man building his own bird feeder or letter box in his small backyard shed, having his hobbies and a craft, and the man running his own property and farm land, storing his machinery in his large steel shed. Dairy farmers rely on sheds every day, especially in the winter with the use of wintering sheds helping to save money and cut costs.

For the wool industry, sheds are vital for equipment storage and for ensuring that sheep are kept dry for shearers.  Equine enthusiasts optimise barns and rural sheds for housing their animals and for storing equipment and machinery with steel pergola designs, the outdoors man with his boat, jet ski, caravan or just used as a regular car garage.

Not only is the shed used for business and pleasure; now more than ever we see people choosing to reside in their sheds while they wait for the completion of their future homes. First home buyers, young couples beginning their lives together, making their start inside their shed as they watch their dream home become a reality.

Sheds have evolved a lot since prehistoric times, while they retain their functional appeal, an element of status exists for shed owners. They come in all shapes, designs and styles to suit everyone from the now very common American Barn style to sheds with double storey lodges. Every man can find a use for a shed and with the varying prices of kit sheds, rural barns and sheds it seems easier now that ever for anyone to find a shed that accommodates them and their personal needs.

With my grandfather now passed away, I still find myself visiting his humble backyard shed. It is where I find a sense of the man, a memory of who he was and what he was about. I think that we can all make our place somewhere, why not be it in a shed?