The decision regarding a
rough number of people that will be invited to your wedding should be
made as early as possible in the planning process.
This is an important decision , as it will determine the
selection of the venue for the wedding reception based on it the size
of the hall. Both the bride and groom's parents should be consulted
during the preparation of the guest list, as they are likely to be
experienced in the wedding process and their help will probably be
needed in contacting other family members to check whether they will be
available to attend the wedding. An approximation of the
number of guests should then be determined. Usually from this
number you can, on average, deduct about 15 to 20 percent of guests who
will not actually turn up on the day for some reason like illness,
travelling problems or other commitments.
wants to dwell too much on the subject of money when it comes to the
big day, but this point is fundamental when it comes to deciding the wedding guest
It is very important to know, at least approximately, the
wedding budget that you will have. This will be a major guide
at the time of choosing the place and overall design of the wedding.The market will offer you a very
varied range of locations with different prices and possibilities for
your wedding. Knowing the budget available will ensure that
you will not waste time, nor you will long for that one elusive
location where perhaps you could not afford to celebrate the
You can then spend
another day discussing the list with your families. At this
final stage you may consider striking off some names and adding others
at that point who may possibly not have come to mind or maybe not
thought to be able to be fitted in during that first meeting.
Rather than rush through
planning all the details of the guest list in one single meeting, it is
better to first write up a preliminary list, then after a bit of
consideration, have a second meeting to finalize the details. If you are any good with spreadsheets like excel, you may want to try drawing up your list on a worksheet like Openoffice Calc.
If you use a wedding
planner, they will almost certainly be able to print the preliminary list,
with some nice options, like dividing it into groups with
totals of guests in each group for example.
This two-step process
will ease the preparation of the final list and will avoid too much
pressure and interference.