Welcome to my new weekly blog post! We are kicking off this week with Wedding Planning Tips: Guest List Professional Advice. I know a lot of you out there have questions about the who’s, what’s, and how’s when it comes to all things wedding. As a Florida wedding planner, I am here to offer my professional advice on this topic and break down some of these questions over the next few weeks. This will hopefully keep you sane and help you feel like you have accomplished something during your planning process.
This week we are starting off with Professional Advice For Your Wedding Guest List. This is one of the building blocks of wedding planning and one of the first things you should be working on after you get engaged.
I have met with a lot of clients over the years for wedding planning who will tell me they will have 120 or less guest at their wedding. As soon as they start making their list, that number jumps to 175, plus. When you start adding your family, friends, co-woker and friends of your parents, that list can get out of control. Your guest count will effect everything from finding the right space to your overall budget. Can you imagine feeding 175 guests at $85 a head just for food and beverage cost? That is $14,875 right there! Your guest list will allow you to start having a more realistic expectation of where your budget needs to be in order to have the type of wedding you may envision. This is where my “Wedding Planning Tips: Guest List Professional Advice” comes into play.
The best way to go about you wedding guest list is to start with a list for you, a list for your fiancé, and a list for each set of parents. From those lists you get your main break down such as the guests that make up your wedding party and those guest you cannot have a wedding without. After comes family, friends, acquaintances and friends of family. You can adjust your guest from here and you may end up with an A list (must invite) and B list (might invite). As non-attendee RSVP’s come in, you can then send out invites from your B list. Just make sure you send out invites early enough; you may also determine at this point if you want an adult only wedding as well.
Now, the plus one question is a popular one. I can tell you now, you will have your single friends asking if they can they bring a plus one. If you decide not to do plus ones.. stick to your guns! Once you start the slippery slope of allowing one, it can very quickly turn to an extra 20 guests. Stay firm! When its their turn they will understand.
If you need even more help with guest lists, take a peek at this article from The Knot. It dives a bit deeper into some great rules of thumb when creating and narrowing down your list.
I hope my professional advice on Wedding Planning Tips: Guest List Professional Advice gives you a starting point. Be on the lookout for future wedding planning tips; next’s week’s post, as I tackle the topic of “budget.”
PS. Want to continue with guest tips? Check out an article I wrote about Wedding Guest Complaints; your guest’s experience is important!