Who should be on my guest list? This is one of the most asked questions at the beginning of your wedding planning process. Narrowing down a guest list is almost as hard as choosing your dress or tux, if not harder.
For your final guest list, you will have to choose from a pool of close relatives, friends, colleagues and possibly your parents’ colleagues. Your final guest count can drive your budget dollars up or down. The more guests equal more food, more tables, more linen, more decor, more cake, more alcohol, bigger venue, etc.
You must without a doubt narrow your guest list down or increase your budget. It’s a daunting task; however, an important one. Last year, I wrote an article on having three lists. You can read the article here. You can further break this list down into priorities – A, B and C.
There are four questions to ask yourself when deciding who to invite to your wedding.
- Do you talk to this person often, once a month or once a year?
- Is this person a close relative/friend or someone you consider an acquaintance?
- Is this a person you currently collaborate in business with or someone you would like to collaborate with in the future?
- Do you know the name(s) of this person’s children or significant other?
I think it’s safe to say, the guest you only talk to once a year who is an acquaintance that you would love to collaborate with in the future whose significant other’s name isn’t coming to you at the moment, should be put on the B and most likely the C list.
Your wedding day is the one of the most important days of your life. You should be surrounded by people who truly love and care for you as a couple. Therefore, the guests who make the A list should be considered the important people in your life.