Drawing up a guest list for your wedding can be stressful, especially when you start thinking about your extended family and your limited budget. What’s the best way to tackle this difficult job?
First of all, you can list the names of all the people you would like to be present at your wedding, and adapt the reception or your budget accordingly. Obviously, the longer the list, the more costly it will be. Or, if you feel that the presence of all the people on your list is essential, there are ways of inviting everyone without breaking the bank. You could opt for a more affordable menu or a no-frills reception or a cash bar, for instance.
You can also do the reverse. Choose the reception venue and determine your budget, then adjusting your guest list accordingly. Compile your list according to your priorities until you reach the maximum number of guests. Start with family and close friends, then add extended family and friends, and end with acquaintances and colleagues if there is room.
Whichever option you choose, keep in mind that it is your big day; don’t succumb to the pressure of inviting people you don’t really want to see. Instead, surround yourself with people who are important to you.