How Many Guests Should You Invite

When putting together your guest list, it is easy to see how quickly it gets out of hand.  How do you draw a line between your college friends, childhood playmates, family, and co-workers?  It’s definitely hard, especially if you or the groom know a lot of great people.  Here are some things to consider when making the final call:

1. You don’t have to invite everyone.

Even if you’re inviting a lot of people from your college acapella group, you don’t have to invite everyone.  Chances are, if you aren’t close enough to feel comfortable inviting them, they would probably feel weird about coming as well.  The same goes for family -you don’t have to invite all of your second cousins if you’re only close to a handful.

2. Even if you want a big wedding, try to start small.

Even if you want 200 or more people at your wedding, start off with a small guest list and add people as you need.  Work your way through your phone contacts and your Facebook and you’ll quickly have more than enough guests.  The average person has 338 Facebook friends.  You don’t need to go out looking for more people to make this event festive -you have enough without even trying.

3. Consider the cost.

Though wedding costs vary drastically around the country, the average cost per guest hovers around $200 or $250.  This is when you are taking into consideration how large the venue has to be to seat them all (both ceremony and reception), food, drinks, dessert, favors, etc.  It really does add up.  Keep your budget in mind, and don't feel like you have to go over budget to have the perfect day! Try sizing down the guest list, or spending less elsewhere!

4. Consider the number of bridesmaids.

Even though we don’t recommend sticking to tradition for selecting bridesmaids, there is something to be said about having a wedding party large enough to help with planning a big wedding.  If you have a lot of women in your life that will be helpful in the planning process, go big!  If your bridesmaids aren’t super involved in helping you plan, then maybe think smaller.

There’s no right size for a wedding.  Maybe is just a handful of people at a courthouse, or a couple hundred at a vineyard.  Whatever you choose, you know that the one person that does matter will be there!