One of the greatest things about working with our group of wedding vendors, is that I have access to a plethora of knowledge from experienced professionals who have, what I like to call, “Been baptized by fire” when it comes to knowing the ins and outs of a wedding. Two of those vendors are our wedding planners, Daria of Circle of Love Weddings and Amy at A Flawless Event. I asked them recently “Besides budget, what is the most important thing a bride and groom should know before they start planning a wedding ?” Both were in agreement, your guest count! How do you know that before you send out your invitations, you wonder? Begin first by sitting down with your fiancé (don’t you just love calling him that) and figure out who you would like to invite. If your parents are helping to pay for the wedding then we recommend asking if there are any key people (friends of theirs, co-workers, etc..) that they may want to include.
Once you have written down everyones’ list of invitees, take a look at that number and subtract 20% from the total. 20% is the best estimate of guests that won’t be able to make it for various reasons such as they are out of town, work schedules, child care challenges etc…. That percentage could be higher if a larger portion of your guest are from out of town. Once you have your number, do you feel the number is reasonable for the type of wedding you want? If not, then go back through your list and discuss with your fiancé ways you can reduce your numbers.