When planning my daughters wedding one of the big questions was who should be invited and how do we determine the number of people to invite. She knows so many people and likes them all how do you start cutting people from her wish list? When talking with our friend Jim from the Kyle House one of the first questions asked was "How many people can your venue hold?" But Jim brought up two very relevant questions that changed our way of thinking about this question.
First, how much time do you want to spend with each of your guests? Wow, that makes a lot of sense! If you like these people enough to invite them to the wedding you must want to spend at least a little time with them right? So how long will your event be? If you were to invite 300 guests and your reception is 3 hours long that means that you can spend less then 1/2 a minute with each guest, that is if you cut out the dancing, eating and cake cutting!
Second, is cost. Yes, you like these people, enjoy chatting with them, working with them or following them on facebook but, would you take them out to dinner, even if that dinner was $30 a head? It sounds funny but it's true. When you invite your guests you are agreeing to feed them, you need to take the cost of your food in to consideration when reviewing your guest list. You also need to prioritize the people on that list. Family first then friends but keep in mind how many plates you can afford to put on the tables too. You may want 150 people but can only afford to feed 125.
Still not sure what to do, easy, contact a wedding planner or venue coordinator, after all, they are the experts. Ask them about plating costs and ideas about prioritizing your guest list. They will be glad to help you!
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