Creating a guest list to your wedding is a BIG DEAL. Who do you invite? Who are you allowed to cut? How many lists should you have? Starting from scratch is hard (unless youâre like me and have had a running list for the past five years – the only difference is you have a ring on your finger… Someone quick- bring the wine). Focusing your guest list is easier than you think AND can keep your wedding costs down. Not to mention, it keeps your wedding purposeful by inviting those who are closest to you and need to be there over your motherâs third cousin twice removed. I want to offer you a few tips when youâre creating (or editing) your guest list!
- List A: These are the people that you and your fiancĂ© MUST have at the wedding
- Immediate and limited extended family come first
- Your closest friends and family friends come second
- If you havenât spoken to someone youâre debating on adding, chances are they shouldnât be on List A
- If you havenât evenÂ met them, I would reconsider putting them on List A.
- Donât put people on list A if you feel guilty about leaving them off – I know, I know, sheâll probably invite you to her wedding – keep her on List BÂ and make sure youâve got theÂ âMust Have Guestsâ accounted for first.
- List B:
- This could include more of your extended familyÂ that you donât see on a regular basis
- More friendsÂ that youâd like to see there, but it wouldnât be the end of a friendship if they werenât invited
- Use software thatÂ will help you make this process easier
- Google Docâs is a great, free option where multiple people can edit and add names. Invite your fiancĂ© and your mom to the document and give them color coding options (Green=must have guest ; Yellow= not sure about this dude ; Red= who is that again? Or some coding system like that)
- ByFarr Brides who are having their guests’ addresses printed on their customized envelopesÂ are sent an organized spreadsheet detailing names, addresses,Â etc. depending upon whether or not she has inner and outer envelopes or a single outer envelope. This helps my lovely brides get it all out on paper and prioritize more efficiently!
- There are also awesome apps and programs that are more involved and do fun tricks like keep track of multiple lists, track RSVPs, manage venue information, and allow for several users.Â Examples include The Knotâs Wedding Guest List Manager and the apps âAttendiumâ and âzkipsterâ.
If you have any questions or want Bailee to send you our Excel spreadsheet, feel free to email her at Bailee@byfarr.com.