Creating the perfect wedding guest list is a critical part of the planning process. Deciding who to invite to your celebration can be a challenging task as you want to share your special day with the people who matter most. But this can be limited by such things as your wedding budget and venue capacity. In an effort to help guide you through the process of making your wedding guest list, we are sharing some insight on how to make thoughtful choices about who should be invited (and who shouldn’t) and ensuring you are surrounded by the right people on your big day.
Your family members, such as parents, siblings, and grandparents, are typically the first names to be added to your wedding guest list. These are people who have been with you through thick and thin and who will be thrilled to witness your union.
Your closest friends, those you have been by your side through life’s ups and downs, should also be high on your list. These are the people who have shared your joys and sorrows, and having them at your wedding adds an extra layer of significance.
When it comes to extended family, such as aunts, uncles, and cousins, consider inviting those with whom you have a close relationship. If your family is particularly large, you might opt for inviting only close extended family members with whom you interact with regularly.
Members of your wedding party, including bridesmaids, groomsmen, and other important roles like the maid of honor, best man, flower girl, and ring bearer should naturally be on your guest list. They’re your support system, and their presence is integral to your big day.
Inviting those individuals from high school and college with whom you have a strong bond can be a wonderful way to reconnect and reminisce about the past. Include only those with whom you’ve remained close.
If you have a close-knit relationship with colleagues who have become friends, you might want to invite them. However, this is entirely optional and depends on your comfort level, office dynamics, and wedding budget, of course.
Important Mentors and Role Models
Mentors, role models, or other individuals who have significantly influenced your lives should also make the cut. Their presence can add depth and meaning to your wedding day.
Things to keep in mind…
Don’t Forget Plus-Ones
When determining your guest list, consider the possibility of plus-ones for guests who are in serious relationships.
Don’t Feel Obligated to Invite Kids
It is ultimately up to you and your partner to decide if you want kids to attend your celebration. If you’re not up for it, it’s not bad etiquette to disclose that information and ask that children not attend. This is an easy way to keep your guest count down as well. This can be done by included “adult reception” on the invitation and only including the names of those individuals invited to the wedding on the mailing envelope.
Be Mindful of Your Budget
As you create your guest list, be mindful of your budget. The number of guests can significantly impact your overall wedding expenses, from the venue to catering. Prioritize your must-invite guests and be prepared to make difficult choices to cut down on costs, if necessary.