Determining your wedding guest list can be one of those daunting wedding planning tasks but it is a super necessary one for sure. Remember, this is one of the first things you need to do. Your budget, venue, and guest list are all equally important and will help guide the other areas. Below is a simple guest list building ‘funnel’ to help you determine your who you’re inviting!
Step One: Gather The Guest List
Gather the list of closest folks in the 6 categories of wedding guest lists: Couple’s friends, Bride’s friends, Groom’s friends, Bride’s parent’s friends, Groom’s parent’s friends, and family. Just put EVERYBODY in.
Step Two: Narrow It Down
Budget and venue will help to determine this. Perhaps your venue has a maximum guest count. Or perhaps your
the estimated budget only allows for 100 or so guests. With those details in mind, start narrowing down your guests with those MUST have invites and those that you’d LOVE to have but will to be put on the B or even C lists. We recommend making an A-list, B list, and C list if needed.
Step Three: Gather Contacts
Gather all their e-mail addresses, contact numbers, and mailing addresses. Again, this can be tedious and takes a lot of phone calls, direct messaging, and texting but it is well worth it and once you have all that information compiled, you will feel so relieved! Then, once you have your venue + wedding date, you know exactly who you’re sending those #savethedates to.
Now friends, hear me, I KNOW this is a huge and daunting task. But once you get this step all figured out, you’ll be that much farther along on the wedding planning process! We’re a huge fan of #weddingwednesdays, where you and your boo set aside weekly wedding planning dates with each other. Grab a glass of wine or whiskey and tackle those to-dos.
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