Tips To Planning Your Wedding Guestlist – Planning your wedding list is not an easy task. You have to ensure that you invite your close relatives and friends and at the same time manage your budget and the venue constraints as well.
There are a lot of things which you need to take care of. Today, to help you with the same, we will share tips to plan your wedding guest list. Once you follow these tips, planning will be a cinch.
The 1st thing is to speak with your future spouse. You have to formulate a vision of your wedding. It can be a grand affair, or it can be an intimate affair. Only when you two are on the same page regarding this can you plan the guest list.
Otherwise, inviting the right number of guests according to the priority will become a difficult task. This is the very 1st thing which you need to do.
After that, you have to create a first draft of the guest list. In front of the name of each guest, you have to categorize them as well. The most high-priority guests are the ones which you ‘must invite.’ After that, you need to label as ‘would be nice to invite’ guests.
When you categorize them, it will become easier for you to decide whom you have to invite and whom you will not invite. In the first attempt, you have to just go ahead with the ‘must invite’ guests.
Before sending out invites or RSVP, it is a good idea to set a cap on the number of guests you will have at your wedding. The cap will be dependent on two things which we will cover below.
It is always a good idea to decide the venue before sending out RSVP to your guests. The reason for the same is because every venue has a guest limit. If you do not take that into account, you might end up inviting a large number of guests who would not fit into the venue.
In some rare cases, you might end up inviting very few guests as well. To avoid all this confusion, it is better to decide on the venue in advance. Once you do so, you will know right away how many guests you need to invite.
Secondly, you have to look at your budget as well. With each additional guest you invite, your budget will go up. It is a good idea to discuss the same with your future spouse. Once you do so, it will become easier for you to plan the guest list.
When you consider both these factors, deciding on the cap is easy. There will be no confusion regarding the same.
Only after following these tips it is a good idea to send the first round of RSVP. You can send it a couple of months before the wedding. Along with that, you can send the wedding card as well.
The RSVP should be sent to the ‘must invite’ guests first. Once you start getting the responses, it will become easier for you to understand how many guests you are expecting at your wedding.
If, after receiving the RSVP, you find the limit as full, you need not invite the ‘would be nice to invite’ guest category. In that case, the ‘must invites’ will be more than sufficient according to your budget and venue limits.
If you do not receive enough RSVPs, you need to start sending RSVP invitation cards to the ‘would be nice to invite’ list. You need to do so in small batches. According to the responses you get, you can decide whether you should invite more people or stop it.
This step will ensure that you do not end up inviting a lot more people than you intend to.
With the help of these five tips, it will become easier for you to plan your wedding guest list. Rather than taking the ad hoc approach to the same, you have to use our guide above as a checklist.
Once you do so, you will know how many guests are coming, but you will also know how much you are going to spend on your wedding. In a nutshell, you can easily take out the stress from your wedding planning with the help of our guide above.