The saying, “the more, the merrier” isn’t always the case when it comes to wedding celebrations. Of course, brides and grooms always want to share their big day with every single person that has been a part of their life, both as individuals and as a couple. However, realistically speaking, throwing a huge wedding might cause the wedding budget to skyrocket over the moon. On the other hand, having a small, intimate wedding sometimes equates to just bringing in more drama, not only within the family but also with the workmates, college classmates, and friends as well.
Being able to determine your guest count early on in the wedding planning is of utmost importance. The actual number of wedding guests sets the base for the entire wedding day activities and overall expenses. Take a closer look as the following wedding elements and their respective costs are greatly affected by the official guest count:
The food and the catering team.
The wedding venues, for both the ceremony and the reception.
The entertainment and other activities for the wedding reception.
The refreshments, before and during the reception.
The wedding stationery, including save-the-dates, invites, place cards, etc.
The wedding favors.
With all of these in mind, determining your guest count starts right at the beginning of the entire wedding planning process. Here are a couple of tips to help you get started right away:
Right off the bat, have a heart to heart talk with your beloved husband-to-be. Get a clear picture of the agreed budget and decide how much will you both be willing to spend on the big day. Also, get to talking about the guests, especially on who you are planning to invite and up to what degree or extent are you considering to be invited in terms of the relatives.
Make the right cuts.
When the budget is tight, the first way to keep the expenses low is to make the guest count smaller. It’s great if there are out of town guests who can’t make the trip or to start the guest list with smaller digits or half of the maximum number and then try adding to the list little by little in the following months. A bigger wedding party would seem fun, but making sure they are all well-taken care of during the wedding night itself is the most important goal for the host.
Form a team.
Take all of the pressure off your shoulders by gathering with your maid of honor, sisters, and even your parents and talk about the guest list. Hear their opinion and discuss the final decisions with your fiance as well. If you are still unsure, bring in your wedding planner as they are sure to have tons of experiences when it comes to the different situations regarding the guest list!
Be in control.
It’s easy to get lost in it all – having a list for those who are sure to attend, those who live far but would like to attend, and those who are absolutely willing to go but you aren’t sure if they should be invited. Everything might just be confusing, especially since this guest list will be part of your planning for months and months to come. Don’t get sucked into the endless cycle of worrying, keep in mind that this is your wedding and this is your own day.