Honor of your presence
Posted: Thursday, Apr. 02, 2009
Making your guest list can be a bit stressful. Here are a few tips to make this unavoidable step a breeze: As you begin to work on your guest list, keep your budget and reception location in mind (how many guests can your site accommodate?) Begin with family first, then start adding friends. You should feel no obligation to invite any particular individual, including the high school friend you no longer talk to, or your brothers ex-girlfriend from six years ago. Remember, this is a very special day where you will want to be surrounded by those who are most important in your life. A typical, fair breakdown is as follows:
Parents of the bride 30%
Parents of the groom 30%
Bride and Groom 40%
Factors such as family size and location will alter these numbers, but this is a great starting point. Family should be included as part of the parents lists, while the couples list should include only their friends. A good rule of thumb is to assume that 70% of your invited guests will attend. All invitees should receive a printed invitation. E-mails, e-vites or signs posted at work are absolutely unacceptable. For distant relatives, coworkers, clients or others you feel would be interested, but understanding if not invited, a wedding announcement will suffice.Check out our list of Stationery.Read more of our Planning Articles.
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