Compiling A Guest List For Your Wedding Invitations Here are a few tips for planning your wedding. First, decide on your budget! You will need to decide how many guests you will invite based on your budget for wedding invitations, the wedding meal, and other aspects of your wedding day which will be based on cost per number of guests. Remember, when ordering your wedding invitations, you will also need to order reception cards, response cards, and, if needed, map cards.

Here are a few tips for planning your wedding. First, decide your budget! You will need to decide how many guests you will invite based upon your budget for wedding invitations, the wedding meal, and other aspects of your wedding day which will be based on cost per number of guests. Remember, when ordering your wedding invitations, you will also need to order reception cards, response cards, and, if needed, map cards.

To decide how many guests to invite, you can split your guest list into three different categories – bride’s parents list, groom’s parents list, and the bridal couple’s list. In the end, the three lists should total up to the amount of guests that can be invited. From here, make a master wedding invitation list.

You can have a “wish list” of people you will invite as your guests start to decline. Make sure all your guest names are spelled correctly, as well as their titles. Also, double check your zip codes and addresses to make sure they are all updated. On your master list, include all friends and relatives you would like there, even if you don’t think they will attend.

TIP: Use index cards, or a computer, to alphabetize the lists and eliminate duplicates.

Remember, you are not obligated to invites guests to accompany your single friends. However, if you should do so, and the couple lives together, you can send one invitation with both of their names on it, just as you would to a married couple. Make sure to send an invitation to the principles in the wedding as well. This includes parents, the clergy member and his or her spouse, your fiancé’s immediate family, the members of your wedding party and their parents.

TIP: Mail an invitation to yourself to let you know which day they will receive their invitations.

by Kim Lapp

Photo by Diane Maxwell Photography of Pittsburgh