How to Determine the Wedding Guest List
When planning a Greek wedding, one of the first things you need to do is come up with the guest list. Because Greeks often have a wide social circle, this could translate to some serious numbers when it comes time to plan the wedding. In fact, you can’t even book the reception hall until you have an idea of how many people you’ll invite the wedding. If you’re expecting a lot of people at your wedding, you’ll need to know in advance if the reception hall can accommodate the numbers you’re expecting.
Don’t wait until the last minute to organize your guest list! This is something that should be done. Here are some tips that will help you put it together with ease.
Focus on the Essentials
Sure, most Greeks have big social circles. How many of these people do you consider essential to your wedding day? For example, you’ll probably want to invite your godparents, immediate family, and closest friends. Start your list by determining the most important people to invite. When you’re finished making the list, count how many there are. Did you miss anyone? While you’ll certainly be inviting more people than are listed here, this list is made up of the people who will get an invite no matter what.
Work With Your Future Spouse
It can certainly be easy for the guest list to get out of hand. That’s why it’s especially important that you work with your future spouse from the beginning. This can help get rid of any unwanted stress, too. They only way you’re going to know whom he really wants there is to ask him! Also, keep in mind that there is a level of fairness involved with this, too. If you consider most of your cousins to be on the “essentials” list, he’ll need to invite his cousins, as well. However, this is only really necessary if he has a close relationship with them. You may not remember these details without his assistance.
Figure Out Your Budget
Before you even start putting your guest list together, you’ll need to determine what your wedding budget is. If you have limited funds, this could impact how many people you’re able to invite to your wedding. However, your budget can just be used as a guideline. There are effective ways to save money on your wedding, if needed. Chances are, you can pare down your guest list based on your budget if you absolutely need to.
Keep Your Guest List Organized
Once you start creating your list, you’ll want to find a way to keep things organized. To do that, you may want to use a spreadsheet or even a database. You’ll want to add their name, their relationship to you, their address, email, and phone number. This is the list that will be used to create the guest list for other wedding-related events such as the bridal shower.
Once you have your guest list organized, you’re ready to start planning the rest of your Greek wedding.
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This post was written by Greek Boston