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With engagement season upon us, one of the first tasks you will need to do once you get engaged is create a wedding guest list. Major planning decisions regarding location, menu and budget, are all dependent on the number of guests you will be inviting. Our advice is to start early and follow these pointers.

Pointers on how to create a Wedding guest list

Draft a Guest List Early

Ideally, you should both get to invite the same number of guests. Then again, money talks. If either set of parents are footing part or all of the bill, you’re going to have to hear them out on who to invite. Whatever the number, figure it out fast.

Start by writing down all the family and friends you’d like to have at your wedding, then split the list into two groups. Group-A having family and friends that you absolutely have to have and group-B having the rest of the invitees in order of importance. Even though this may seem a little harsh, it’s the best way to keep your guests organized.

Create Criteria For Cutting

If you’re wanting to have a smaller wedding, you’ll most likely be faced with having to trim your guest list. Set up criteria such as inviting no children, no plus ones, no coworkers, or consider limiting the list to only first cousins on both sides.

Keep in mind, the more guests you invite means the more money that will be spent on food and alcohol. There are ways to cut costs, but a larger guest count will mean you will have less to spend on other things such as flowers and decor.

Ignore The Guilt

Don’t feel bad not inviting every long-lost friend you’ve ever known since childhood. Your wedding isn’t the time to reunite with friends you haven’t seen in years. Only invite people who matter the most to you.

Remember this is your wedding and you need to stick to the boundaries you set. Don’t let your parents pressure you into increasing the guest-count or inviting people you don’t want to have.     

Determining Your Guest List 

Creating your wedding guest list is no easy task so we’ve made it easier to determine who to invite to your wedding by creating a chart that categorizes your guests. Feel free to reference it when drafting your guest list. We hope it helps in deciding who to invite to your wedding a little easier.