Wedding Tips & Advice

How to Decide Who’s Invited to Your Wedding

Crockett Farm wedding photos by Whidbey Island Wedding photographer Luma Weddings

Your wedding should be one of the best days of your life. Getting to that point inevitably means a massive amount of planning. More than anything else, you need to decide how many people you want to invite, and who should take those precious spots.

Consider Capacity

At the end of the day, you’re going to be limited by space. Before you can start making a list of people you’re going to invite, you and your spouse need to decide on a venue. This will tell you what your absolute limit is. Ask yourselves, what is your vision for the wedding? Do you want to have a small, intimate kind of ceremony, or a large, classically elaborate event? Your venue should be chosen based on that. Then, after splitting the available space between you and your future spouse fifty-fifty (or according to your needs), you can begin to make a list of people you want to invite.

Invite Who Matters to You

This might seem like an obvious tip – but it’s important to keep in mind. After all, many people tend to think of weddings as signs of social status. Thus, they might invite the wrong kinds of people for the wrong reasons. Prioritize your list of guests. Put down the people who you absolutely need to be there first, followed by those you would like to be there. If you have space, then add more friends and family. This is a really important step. Ultimately, the people at the wedding will be more important than any decoration or any cake. Small gatherings can be just as special as a large one if the right people are present.

Consider Travel

One last element that you will need to consider is travel and other logistical problems. Somebody that you want to have at your wedding might simply not be able to make it if they live too far away. On the other hand, they might pay for plane tickets and lodging if your wedding means that much to them. Don’t be afraid to communicate with friends and family. You might want to try and find out who would be able to come before you send out the invitations.

Weddings are a wonderful, joyful experience. They also can be anxiety-inducing to the extreme. Planning thoroughly and far ahead of time will be your best friend. If you make sure to get the right venue and to invite the right amount of the right people, your wedding will be one to remember.

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