If you've just started planning your Devon wedding, one of the first things to consider is your guest list. Finalising your guest list might seem stressful, but it’s essential to making sure your wedding day runs smoothly. You want to ensure that those who attend your special day will help you make it memorable. As you begin thinking about your wedding guest list, consider these tips to help you create a list that’s perfect for you and your partner.
Start with your "must-haves"
Create a list of guests who are a must-have for your big day. Include people who have played a significant role in your life, and you would like to share this special day with. This might include close friends, family members, and anyone else you can't imagine celebrating without. Keep in mind that your venue’s capacity might affect your list, especially if you're dreaming of an intimate affair. Once you've identified your must-haves, you can start building your guest list around them.
Create a draft guest list
Now that you've identified your must-have guests, you can start creating a draft guest list. Begin by listing out everyone you would like to invite, from co-workers, extended family members to friends of friends. It may seem overwhelming, but remember, this is just a draft. Be flexible and willing to make some sacrifices, in case you need to cut your list for budget or venue size.
Consider your budget
Budgeting is a critical aspect of wedding planning, and your guest list plays a significant role. The number of guests you invite will directly affect your wedding costs. Consider the cost of the venue, catering, attire, and all other wedding essentials; therefore, creating a smaller guest list may end up saving you a lot of money. Make a list of your wedding expenses and divide your budget accordingly, then adjust your guest list based on your budget.
Consult with your partner
One of the most important parts of creating your guest list is discussing it with your partner. You should both have mutual agreement and understanding of who to invite. Make time to discuss and consider any family dynamics, cultural traditions, and any other important factors that play a significant role in choosing who to invite. Always be open to each other's suggestions and ideas.
Send out your invitations
Once your guest list is finalised, it’s time to send out your invitations. Keep track of your RSVPs, and if there are any guests who cancel, you can always send out invitations to those who were initially on your waitlist. You can send out your invitations by hand or online, as long as they are minimal, chic, and to the point.
Trust the process
The process of creating a guest list can be a fun and exciting part of planning your Devon wedding. As you begin your journey, always keep in mind that it's your big day, and you should create a guest list that makes you happy, and surrounded by the people who mean the most to you. Remember that having a smaller guest list doesn't mean that it's any less special. The people you invite to share and celebrate your big day with you will help make it even more memorable. With these tips in mind, your guest list will be both practical and reflect your individual preferences, making your wedding day a unique and remarkable experience.
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