Congratulations, your event is coming up!
Excited, right? I know. But simmer down because this is where you need to be realistic....unless the invite list doesn't really matter to you. But if it does, let's get to it. Have you ever attended an event where you heard the host say "I invited my mail lady, my dog walker and my nail tech"? Well, I have......I found that interesting. In my opinion, your audience should reflect the people who you actually have a relationship with and who genuinely care for you. Btw, this is not counting the section for your parents' guest list.
A-list and B-list.....it helps! I am not referring to your favorite celebrity list here, we're talking about your favorite family and friends. Your everyday celebrities! So, you and your spouse-to-be both have a list to fill up based on a number you've agreed on. Now, this should align well with your budget for the event especially if there is a cost associated with each guest. Which I am sure there is because everyone has to eat and drink. For example, if your max number for the A-list (primary) is 120 guests, then do not allow your guest list to go past 120. Btw, this list includes you and your bridal party. If necessary, then create a B-list (secondary) just in case an A-list guest cannot attend. You can pull from the secondary list to fill in a seat(s) while keeping everything even. Trust me, they will not know if they're an A-list or B-list guest. Time to send out those invites. Okay, now that your guest list is done and you've justified who should be there to share that special day with you, it's time to send out those invitations. Whether it is a physical or digital copy, every person/family needs to get an invite. It is proper etiquette. Keep in mind, the invitation sets the tone for your event. It's the sneak peak for what is to come. Before placing a bulk order for your invitations (unless you trust the vendor), I strongly recommend ordering a sample. You can feel the quality of the invitation, takeaway or add anything to your liking and you can see how well the vendor works with clients. Having creative input will leave your guest saying "this is so (insert your couple's name here)". I often tell my clients one of the best ways to save in this area is to shop within your means. If you know your budget for an invitation is $10.00 per set, then avoid looking at the $10.75 and up invitations because it will all add up much higher than your budget at the end. Lastly, another tip I share is if you really love an invitation that is higher than your budget, then consider sending the younger generation of your guest list a digital copy and the physical copies to the older generation. This would not only chop the bill, but you'll also get your heart's desire without going over your budget. Its a win-win!