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How Many People Should I Invite to My Wedding?

September 9, 2021

As you’re searching for affordable wedding venues in the greater Philadelphia area, you should have an estimation for the number of guests you and your spouse want. After all, if you don’t know how many guests you want, how can you choose a wedding venue? Unfortunately, determining the number of invites is not easy. You need to think about family, friends, the total cost, and much more. The following questions are intended to help you determine how many guests you should invite to your wedding!

Do You Want a Tight-Knit or a Large Wedding?

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This should be the first question you and your spouse discuss. It’s important to be on the same page about the general size of the wedding before continuing through the rest of the questions. This will greatly help in figuring out your wedding budget as well.

Plus, if you both know you want a small wedding, you’ll already have answered some of the questions below. On the other hand, if you both agree on a mid-size wedding, the rest of the questions will require some discussion.

Have You and Your Spouse Agreed on Extended Family?

We all know someone whose extended family seems like something out of a movie with 12 cousins on one side and 8 on the other. When you or your spouse has extended family—even a few cousins, aunts, or uncles— you need to agree on where to draw the line.

Are Children Allowed to Attend the Wedding?

Some weddings are more family-oriented events whereas others are designed to be more adult-friendly. Have you and your spouse considered adding an age limit to the guest list? This can dramatically reduce, or increase, the number of potential guests and help with estimations.

Should the Bride’s and Groom’s Family Invite Guests?

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It shouldn’t surprise you that your parents will want to invite their friends to the wedding— it’s a special moment for them as well. You and your spouse can talk about a limit on the number of friends each family is allowed to invite and what kind of people are allowed. For instance, you can allow your family to invite friends so long as you have met them and are friendly with them.

Do You Have a Plus One Policy?

Creating a plus one policy can help you determine the number of guests. For example, you can tell your guests that only those who are engaged or already married can bring a plus one. This will also help you immensely when you are creating your weddings reception seating chart.

Should You Invite Coworkers?

Inviting coworkers is a sensitive topic, as most of them will likely be aware of your wedding. You and your spouse can decide this based on one key idea. Do you hang out with your coworkers outside of work events? If so, consider them friends and potential guests.

How Many Guests Do the Bride and Groom Get?

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At this point, you should have an idea of how big your guest list can get. Additionally, you’ll have an idea of how many guests will be coming from each family. From here, you and your spouse can work out how many friends—including coworkers—you want to include.

As you answer this question, think about your friends that are married or engaged to include plus ones in your estimation.

How Many People Should You Invite to Your Wedding?

Although planning a wedding is meant to be fun and exciting, at times it can be complicated and stressful. To help figure out how many guests to invite, use the above questions to nail down your guest list. If you’re interested in learning more about wedding planning, contact Presidential Caterers today!