How to Create Your Wedding Guest List

How to Create Your Wedding Guest List
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Your wedding guest list is one of the most important decisions you’ll make when planning your wedding. It’s a chance to celebrate your love with the people you care about most, but it can also be a source of stress. With so many factors to consider, it can be hard to know where to start. Here at The Wilds venue, we love to make things easy! Today, we’ll teach you how to build the perfect guest list for your wedding day.

Here are a few tips to help you create your wedding guest list:

How to Create Your Wedding Guest List

Set a budget. The first step is to set a budget for your wedding. This will help you determine how many guests you can invite. At The Wilds, we have ample space to host your favorite people. Your biggest cost consideration with guests will be with food. Coming to your catering consultations with a good idea of your overall price point and idea of your food goals can help to shape the guest count.

Decide on your guest list size. Once you know your budget, you can start to decide on the size of your guest list. There is no right or wrong answer, but it’s important to consider your venue, your budget, and your personal preferences. Remember that higher guest count usually means higher cost with some of your other vendors, so keep the desired quality of your event in mind. If you want a higher caliber event, consider a smaller guest list. If getting every loved one there is your priority but you’re running into budget tightness, consider a more casual event style.

How to Create Your Wedding Guest List

Make a list of your must-have guests. Start by making a list of the people you absolutely must have at your wedding. These are the people who are closest to you and who you want to celebrate your special day with. This core shouldn’t change and is who you should have in mind as you choose your experience-based elements of the wedding day.

Make a list of your maybe guests. Once you have your must-have guests, you can start to make a list of your maybe guests. These are the people you would love to have at your wedding, but you’re not sure if you can afford to invite them.

How to Create Your Wedding Guest List

Prioritize your guests. Once you have your must-have and maybe guests, it’s time to start prioritizing them. Consider your relationships with each guest, their importance to you, and their travel distance. We always love seeing a room filled with loved ones who genuinely pour into and support the relationship of the couple! Keep this more long-term relationship distinction in mind when you create your wedding guest list.

Make your cuts. Once you’ve prioritized your guests, it’s time to start making cuts. This is the hardest part, but it’s important to be realistic about your budget and your guest list size.

How to Create Your Wedding Guest List

Send out your invitations. Once you’ve finalized your guest list, it’s time to send out your invitations. Be sure to give your guests plenty of notice so they can make travel arrangements! 4-5 months is traditional for wedding invitations. Save The Dates can be sent before that up to 8 months in advance if you have loved ones traveling from afar.

Creating your wedding guest list can be a daunting task, but it doesn’t have to be. By following these tips, you can create a guest list that is perfect for you and your special day. We can’t wait to host you and your loved ones for your perfect wedding at The Wilds!

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