Three Steps to the Ideal Guest List Count
Published: June 26, 2012
One of the biggest stresses to couples before their wedding day truly seems to be the guest list. Once your man pops the question, you want the whole world to come celebrate with you. That is, until reality sets in. Then you realize that if your budget is limited, you actually do need to limit your guest list in order to get the perfect setting, the perfect look, the perfect food, and the perfect atmosphere! How do you know where to start? Follow our top tips of what to think through before sending Save the Dates (or invitations!), approved by Nikki at Volunteer Princes Cruises!
1. Choose your venue before you finalize the guest list.
If your perfect venue can only hold 200 guests, only extend invitations to 200 guests or below. Never assume any guest you extend an invitation to simply will not come. That is a dangerous practice! You do not want to stress over fitting the surprising amount of guests who RSVP as attending into your packed venue.
2. Allocate your budget so you know what you can spend on each guest before you finalize your guest list.
Decide on the table setting and food you really want for your guests, and then realistically decide how many guests you could do that for within your budget. If this number is only 150, only invite 150 guests!
3. Consider package deals your venue or other vendors may offer for a set number of guests.
This can offer amazing savings! Explore this option too prior to settling your guest list.
Nikki explains that Volunteer Princess Cruises offers four different amazing wedding packages for you and your guests, and 125+ guests fit comfortably inside. Guests can also step out onto the deck to enjoy the views! Volunteer Princess Cruises offers wonderful rehearsal packages and hosts bridal showers too. Their on-site catering service is impeccable, and couples love treating their guests to a nice river cruise while they dance and enjoy the evening. Nikki can help you choose from a wonderful list of preferred vendors for the venue, too.
If any one package does not work, Nikki can assist you with custom add-ons to meet your needs. “Brides and grooms can customize anything other than alcohol and food,” explains Nikki. “The 100-foot luxury yacht is beautiful, and the scenery is ‘built-in’ as you sail down the river!” That means minimal decorating is required! Your officiant is the Captain, and the crew creates a full-service atmosphere that is unique and elegant.
Blog roll image courtesy of Waldorf Photographic Art. All images obtained via Volunteer Princess Facebook page.
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