Choosing your wedding guests is one of the most important parts of your wedding planning to get sorted early, and for some couples, it takes a lot of time. The size of your guest list directly relates to your wedding budget and venue, and it’s likely to turn into a balancing act between inviting everyone you want to be there and being able to afford the catering and venue costs. Remember to be flexible – some wedding guests may be unable to attend last-minute, or you might think of extra people. Be prepared to change your wedding guest list right up to the day!
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It can be easy to choose which of your closest friends you want to invite as wedding guests, but it can be a minefield when deciding on inviting partners to weddings. They immediately double the numbers, and it can mean that you have to cut down on people you actually want to invite. Another tricky area is inviting children to weddings, which not only quickly expands your wedding guest list, but also means that you’ll have to provide some sort of entertainment for them, which can put pressure on a tight wedding budget! Every couple will have trouble with some difficult wedding guests, whether it is arguments in the family or old school disputes, so be sure to get this sorted early to avoid wedding planning stress.
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Once you have chosen your wedding guests and have finalised the wedding guest list, it is time to start planning your wedding seating plans. This can be quite time-consuming so put enough time aside to make sure you are happy with it. Difficult wedding guests can make seating plans tricky but at the end of the day, they are not sitting down for that long. Remember to also do your top table seating plans, as that is where the most important people sit!
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Some of your wedding guests may have to travel a long distance to your wedding, so they will have to make travel and accommodation plans as soon as they receive your invitation. Giving guests information about recommended accommodation is really useful for your friends and family who might not know the area. If your wedding is in a remote area it is also necessary to provide taxi information so guests can return to their accommodation after a good party!
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