That depends on your budget. And your location, location, location. Couples, on average, invite about105 guests to their wedding, according to a 2021 survey conducted by The Knot. So 105 is a good ballpark, but don't expect every single person to make it to your ceremony. More like 70-85%.
If you’re sticking to tradition, all the married, engaged, and “serious relationship” guests should be allowed to bring their other halves. But experts say it’s becoming more common for couples to extend plus-ones to their single friends, too.
Some feel like kids add to the magic while others worry about them adding to the headcount and budget. Kids aren’t a must, but you should decide early in the planning process if you want them to attend. Because this can become a *cough* passionate convo.
Think: Do you only want kids in your immediate family to attend? Or would you rather shave it down to only the flower girl and ring bearer? There’s no wrong answer, but experts say it’s a good idea to stay away from “ceremony only” invitations when it comes to the little ones.
Because watching other kids head off to the big party (aka reception) isn’t a nice feeling.
Decisions, decisions. If your guest list is more than your wallet can handle, consider cutting expenses in other areas. Like an alternative wedding venue. Because the more traditional your venue is, the more you’ll pay.
Be prepared for people to ask if they can bring a guest, even if you don’t give them a plus-one. And for relatives or other people to try and tell you who you should or should not invite. When it happens, experts say you should stay firm.
Anything else to know before I finalize my guest list?