There are three central considerations when trying to decide on the number of guests: venue size, reception budget, and general ambiance (via Today). First, how many people can physically attend the ceremony and reception venues you have selected? Find out the official capacity limits or it will be extremely inconvenient if you invite 200 people when only 150 are allowed in the space.
Next, calculate how much money you have for guest amenities like plated meals, alcohol, or wedding favors. Most likely, you can only afford to invite a certain number of people without breaking the bank. Be realistic – according to a 2022 survey by Zola, 69% of couples end up spending more money on their wedding than they originally planned. Underestimating the cost per guest or letting your guest list become bloated will impact your budget.
Finally, think about the atmosphere you envision for your wedding. Want an intimate environment where you can spend quality time with each guest? So less is more. “Trimming the guest list is an easy way to stay within your wedding budget. Plus, when you look back on your special day, you’ll be able to honestly say that you spent it with the people who matter most to you. you in the world.” says wedding planner Karen Huber Forbes. On the other hand, if you like the idea of a sprawling, swirling party, you have more room to invite friends, cousins or the occasional co-worker to help celebrate your big day.