When it comes to your guest list, most of the time, your budget doesn't match your wish list. Translation: You can't invite everyone. So, whether you want a small wedding and your mom wants to invite everyone you've ever met, here are tips for taking it one step at a time and creating a list that everyone can happily live with:
Getting started. If you haven't already, determine the general size of the wedding you want. Do you want the biggest party you can possibly have, or do you envision a more intimate event where you can spend time with each guest? Next, you'll want to think about your budget for the reception; most couples plan their guest list around these very important numbers.
Choosing the type of setting you prefer will affect how long your guest list is. For instance, if you're thinking about your not-so-grand childhood home, those 250 guests may be sitting on top of one another (and breach fire regulations). On the other hand, if you're considering a huge space, like a ballroom in a mansion, you want your group to be large enough that the space feels full.
Now you might be wondering which step should come first. Well, since each factor influences the other, you have to consider lots of things simultaneously (multitasking anyone?) Once you've made a decision, find your inner peacemaker, and you'll be good to go.
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