Best and Easier Ways to Make a Wedding Guest List

If you are looking for the best way to make a wedding guest list, you have come to the right place. This is usually one of the first things that you will need to get done as your numbers will affect everything about your wedding. Instead of looking at it like a time consuming and tedious chore, there are ways to make creating a wedding guest list fun. We have put together some guest list ideas for weddings. Read on to find out how to plan your wedding guest list.

1. Start with a Rough Draft

A wedding guest list takes time to come up with. Instead of pressuring yourself to get it right in one go, take it easy and start with a rough draft. You can divide it up into different categories to make it easier on yourself. You can divide your list into the family, close friends, professional friends, and other significant relationships. You can even include old childhood friends and other people you may not be very close to. Remember this is a rough draft.

2. Collaborate with Parents

The worst thing that can happen after you’ve toiled and come up with a semi-definitive guest list is for your parents to come with a list of other ‘important people’ that need to attend. In order to avoid this, get the parents involved from the beginning. Decide how many guests you want to have at your wedding then allocate a certain number of invites to each family. If your parents will be contributing finances, consider this when allocating them their number of invites.

3. Prioritize and Trim Your Guest List

Take a realistic look at your finances and decide how many guests you will be able to invite to your wedding. You can put the people that must attend at all costs on one list and the ones that you can be flexible with one another. Tally up your numbers so that you know how many guests are on your priority list. You can add some guests from the other list to get to your desired number if some of your priority invites cannot make it.

4. Refuse Last-Minute Additions

This is the hard part that a lot of couples struggle with. After you have finalized a list you can get pressure from parents or friends to add more guests. Be firm and explain why you need to stick to a certain number. If you give in to one person then everyone else will feel justified to keep adding people to your wedding reception guest list. Plus-ones must be confirmed before the wedding day so that there are no last-minute surprises.

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