One of the first wedding planning tasks couples take on when they start planning their wedding is drafting a guest list. It starts out being fun as you add your family and friends to the list, thinking about all the fun you will have with them. Then as the list starts to grow and grow you realize….
Everybody Can’t Come!
You immediately panic about cutting the list as you go over each person that you added to the list and think about your relationship with them. The guilt starts to hit you when you think about not inviting certain people but you know, you have to cut your guest list.
For some, this seems impossible. You may come from a large family. You may have a lot of friends. You may not be able to say no to inviting everyone you know to be a part of your big day. All these reasons are understandable but if you want to stay within your budget, some people may have to be left off the guest list.
Your guest count is a direct factor in your wedding budget. For each guest, you invite that is an invitation, dinner, and drinks. That is an extra seat which will lead to extra tables which will lead to extra decor. When it’s all said and done, each guest can easily cost you roughly $300 and up per person just to host them at your reception. So if you are inviting 150 wedding guests that’s $45,000. You didn’t hire a photographer, cinematographer, DJ, ceremony musicians, makeup artist, or any other wedding vendors you may need to make your big day special.
I know for some cultures, a wedding of 250 guests is considered a small wedding. If your guest count is large because of cultural obligations, then I get it and that’s a whole other blog post. If you don’t have these cultural obligations, then do yourself a favor and follow the chart below. It will help you make the decision process a little easier and more importantly, save you money.