Guest lists are often a big debate topic during wedding planning. Because it can become a heated issue, there are a few steps I would recommend taking before jumping into the specifics of the list.
Decide your total guest count based on your style, budget, social expectations. decide on this Number first between all parties
Decide the break down of brides guests to grooms guests to get your side’s final number
Use a rule of thumb to decide how many potential guests to invite to reach the actual expected guest count
Approximate the breakdown of guests, how many guests the bride/ groom expects to have, how many guests the parents expect to have
Each person who is inviting guests comes up with an exact name/address list (ideally all in the same excel format)
The Controller goes through and reviews guest list to look for overlap, missing people, etc
A first generation Indian family guest list has a few unique attributes, such as:
Inviting family, friends, business associates who live in India and have little to no chance of coming to wedding events *do not count these people in your guest count, but it is polite and expected to send them an invitation, and it is worth a few dollars per family to make everyone feel remembered, loved, and welcome
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