Planning 101: Creating Your Wedding Guest List

Guest lists are one of the most complicated aspects to planning a wedding. Who do you invite? What’s the maximum guest amount? Will so-and-so be offended if we don’t send over an invitation?

There’s really no correct or incorrect way to do this, but today, we’d like to give you some simple tips on how to go about creating and minimizing your wedding guest list.

  • Make a list of everyone you’d consider sending an invitation to. If you haven’t spoken a peep to them within the past year, consider putting them on a “Maybe” list. If you’re trying to stick to a certain guest count, this could help determine it.
  • Regardless of what people may say to you, a +1 for every guest you invite is not required. If you’re 100% certain you don’t want them there, then place only your invitee’s name on the response card! Simple as that. It’s not “rude” and many couples go this route to cost their costs and limit their special day to only those they want to celebrate alongside.
  • Co-workers: The all-or-nothing rule applies here. There are a few exceptions to this rule: A very close work friend or your boss. Otherwise, it can make the workplace quite awkward – which no one wants.
  • For seating purposes, do not be afraid to announce that it’s an “Adults-Only Reception.” If you’re expecting a rowdy crowd and are planning to have fun late into the night (after-party, anyone?), then let people know. You want your guests to be able to enjoy themselves and not have to babysit. This can be solved by asking parents to leave their children at home – or to have a separate kids-only room, with a qualified babysitter.
  • Keep a copy of your wedding guest list online. Google Drive (formerly Google Docs), for example, is a great way to keep track of this. You can share this list with your significant other, which can help to avoid confusion by keeping things organized and up-to-date.

Remember: Your wedding is all about you. Be comfortable with who you invite, as it’s your celebration. Happy planning!

Piney Branch Golf Club Wedding by Michelle Zahn Photography
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