Wedding Planning: Create a Stress-Free Wedding Guest List

Hey peeps... SO... I know that today is Wednesday, and that I should be posting a Real Wedding, but I thought this guest post was so helpful that I wanted to share it with you immediately. Plus, after the brutal The Truth Hurts Tuesday from yesterday, I thought I should give back a little! But, I'm not the one giving today... Lindsey, from Melbourne, is! She's got an fantastic post about creating a wedding guest list without the bullshit. So, obviously, I love it, and I know you will too!

And you know what? This is NOT a sponsored post, I just like what this chick has to say!

XO,

BB

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So you recently got engaged and are now ready to start planning your wedding. Congratulations! Now that you’re engaged, you will face a whole new set of problems and issues that may make you regret the decision to have a wedding in the first place. 

Luckily, there are many guides and tips that can help reduce the stress of wedding planning. One of the first issues you will have to discuss is the size of the guest list. This is an important first step, because it will help you determine where to have the venue, how big the wedding budget will be, how much food to order, and many other details about the wedding.

Use these handy tips to help you determine who to invite to your special day:

Plan your wedding size

Before you even start writing down names of invitees, think about what you want your wedding to look like. Do you want an intimate affair in a small venue? Or do you imagine your wedding taking place in a huge, packed church? Use this as a guide along with your budget to determine how many people to invite. If you only want to invite 50 people, then stick to that resolution when planning the guest list.

Create relationship lists

Since it is impossible to invite everyone that you, your significant other, your parents, and your significant other’s parents wish to invite, you can create lists that will help you narrow down the numbers. Create about four different lists with people in varying closeness of relationship to you. You will create a list of close friends and family, extended family, casual friends and family friends, and coworkers.

Making the lists:

Closest friends and family

These people are the core guests at the wedding. Think about the people you love the most in the world, and would consider adding to the actual wedding party. These are the people that will travel anywhere to see you married. If you cannot invite anyone else to the wedding, invite these people. 

Extended family

Your parents will likely have a list of extended family members that they hope to invite. Make a list of these people, but only invite them if the wedding is large enough to handle the numbers. You may want to have two sets of extended family lists- family that you interact with regularly and family that you rarely see, or have never even met. Invite the second list only if you have a huge wedding. 

Casual friends and family friends

If you have a large wedding, casual friends and friends of the family can be added to the list. This list might include childhood friends, people from social events or church, coworkers, or friends of your parents. Invite these people if you have room on the guest list after inviting all closer friends and relations.

If you approach the guest list thoughtfully, you will eliminate much of the stress from guest-list planning. Family members will be less likely to get upset about missing invites if you use set guidelines when planning the guest list.

Writer Biography

This is a guest post by Lindsey Mcmahon. Her main interests are health, home improvement and a recent focus on weddings. If you're interested in a quality (food) service for a wedding, be sure to check out these guys, who perform in the wedding catering Melbourne area.

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