Big Or Small Wedding
Do you know how many people exactly to invite? Have you already
set your wedding date? Have you set your wedding budget? If the
answer is now, don't worry. These are some of the most difficult
questions to answer you will be faced with during the planning
process. There are many difficult tasks in the initial wedding
planning process such as making the guest list. As you make your
decisions, you may find yourself making compromises due to
parental, budgetary, venue capacity, location and many other
Wedding ceremonies mean different things to different people.
You have to make a decision if your wedding is going to be a
once-in-a-lifetime event or smaller more intimate celebration.
The most significant limiting factor is money. Your budget
limits the number of guests you can invite more than anything
else. After you establish the reception budget, you can quickly
do the math and decide the maximum number of guests you can
afford to invite.
More than $16 billion is spent on wedding receptions in the
America. The wedding reception will most likely account for the
biggest chunk of your wedding budget. It is not uncommon that
close to half of the total wedding budget is spent on the
The overwhelming majority of reception sites charge per-head. If
your reception budget is $6000, and the cost per head is $60.00,
you could have no more than 100 guests. You have many options to
reduce expenses such as buying your own alcohol, having a buffet
dinner instead of a served dinner. Unquestionably, you have to
take budgetary restrictions into account when organizing the
If your parents are footing the bill for your wedding, you are
going to have to respect their input for the final count. The
larger part of the wedding your parents finance, the more you
may have to listen to them. The more friends and relatives you
have to invite, the longer the guest list is going to be.
Money is not the only factor affecting the size of your
reception. Your guest list should also be affected by the size
of the reception site. Be sure that you don't fall in love with
a venue until you are sure that it can accommodate all the
people you plan to invite.
Historically, the bride and groom's family invite half of the
total number of guests. More often than not, the major check
writers are calling the shots. If you can't live with that, you
and your fianc