Planning Your Flagstaff Wedding: How to Tackle the Guest List
How to Tackle the Guest List: Planning Your Flagstaff Wedding. Tackling the guest list is one of the most challenging parts of wedding planning. It can be difficult to decide not only how many people you’re inviting, but who? Do you invite family members only? Family and friends? Extended family?
Where do you draw the line? These decisions are hard to make, and it becomes even more complicated because it has to be something that is agreed upon between both you and your fiancée. It can be the cause of a lot of stress as you plan your wedding, and it must be made in a way that keeps your budget in check. Feelings can get hurt which adds to the difficulty, but at the end of the day, how many people are at your wedding is entirely up to you both. Here are a few things to consider as you contemplate your guest list.
This is the most straightforward way to think about your guest list. There is no doubt that more people invited to your wedding means it is more expensive, because of the food, drinks, and the size of the venue necessary to accommodate your guest list. Setting a budget can help you come up with a number limit of people you want to invite.
Think About Your Venue
If you have a venue chosen, this is a good limiting factor. It is a good idea not to pack the entire venue full to capacity. Having space is really important, so just because they have a maximum occupancy of 250 people shouldn’t mean that’s how many guests you invite.
It’s just inevitable that inviting everyone is not going to be an option. So how do you narrow it down? Thinking of a clear line to draw is a good way to make sure there are not as many hurt feelings. Try to stay away from hand picking people to invite, for example: rather than choosing some cousins to invite but not all cousins, it may simply be easier to say all cousins or none. If one of you has a much larger immediate family than the other, you can reach a compromise by allowing for more extended family or more friends to come on that side.
It is really fun to have a group of friends at a wedding. But if you’re trying to narrow it down, you can keep the list small by only allowing for your friends to come by themselves with no plus one. Another option is to only invite your bridal party, but also let them bring a plus one. It is also common for people to invite friends to the reception, and have a more intimate ceremony, although this only partially cuts costs.
Planning Your Flagstaff Wedding: Be True to Yourself
The guest list is tricky, but the best piece of advice I have is to stay true to your wishes. Don’t budge and stand behind the size of the wedding you want, without allowing outside pressure to impact how your wedding goes. At the end of the day, it is your wedding and it should be your choice how big or small it is.
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