As much as both the couple and their families would love to invite a lot of people for the wedding, at some point, the couple will have to narrow down the list. Not only for budget reasons but also the good of the day should one have a well-thought guest list. The following will help you make up your mind.
It should be the couple’s decision
When only one partner is involved in planning the guest list, there is a high chance of conflict arising. Also, this should be more about the couple and not everything about the entire family. The couple should sit down and agree on who they want to attend their wedding and the number of excess guests they give to each side.
Use the Plus One Policy
As much as the couple would want people who they closely know to be part of their big day, it is a good idea to give friends and family the chance to come with someone who will keep them company during the ceremony. When sending out wedding invitations, this consideration allows more people to want to be part of your big day.
How Well Do You Know the People Attending Your Wedding?
Unless the guest is a plus one, it is advisable to have such special days celebrated by people who actually know the couple and are happy for their union. A ceremony with a lot of random people makes it less merry since these people have no clue about the importance and the joy in the union.
What about the Kids?
It is fun to have kids for a wedding ceremony. You get someone to carry the ring and sprinkle the flowers down the aisle. However, make sure that they are planned for in terms of how they spend the day and for how long they get to stay, especially if there is an after party.
Return the Favor
Some people make it to the guest list only because one of the people getting married or both of them were also invited to their wedding. This is fine and should not be a problem especially if the guest is a close friend or a colleague.
Weddings are amazing, and the couple should not have to look over their shoulders just because someone came who wasn’t supposed to. A guest list ensures that the right people celebrate the day and with the above guidelines, the couple should have ample time deciding on who should be part of the big day. The parents can have a say but not a forceful influence.
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