Post # 1
Came to me last night.
I’ve never been married, I’m new at this whole wedding-planning thing. BUT, which comes first…the guest list or the venue?
Do you book the venue and adjust your guest list according to what the venue can accomadate?
Do you figure out the guest list and then decide venue based on the # of people you will be inviting?
Post # 3
We did a tentative guest list and then booked the venue. The cost of the venue did cause us to revisit the guest list and cut it down.
Post # 4
I would say guest list first. I think most people have an idea of how many people they want to have at their wedding, so once you have a rough estimate, then find a venue that can accommodate your number. I would also suggest going for a slightly larger space if possible. Nothing worse than a cramped reception area.
Post # 5
I say guest list first as well as your budget. Then find a venue that fits!
Post # 6
Before we decided on who we were inviting, we decided on having a 100-person guest list. My sister got married a few years, so that made it easier on us, but it was nice to have a cap on it when we sat down to figure out who made the guest list.
In our case, we knew our number, so we went ahead and picked out the venue before we had a list of names. You should definitely at least know a ballpark figure before you start looking at them, though, so you don’t fall in love with a venue that won’t work for the amount of people you have.
Post # 7
We did a little bit of guess work when it came to our guest list before we started to look at venues. We had a rough idea of how many people we expected to come before we booked anything. Some places will only fit an intimate group of 20-30 whereas other places can hold 300. You should probably have a rough idea before you make any decisions because it would be rather silly to spend all the extra cash on a huge venue only to find that you have 40 guests in a room that is supposed to hold 100. Another option is to find a venue that you like that has multiple set up options and go from there 🙂
Post # 8
This is kind of like the chicken or the egg. You can really do it either way but one will depend on the other. If you do your guest list first then you know how many people you might be expecting and can find a venue based on that. If you do a venue first then you will have to figure out how many guests can fit into that venue then make your list from there. We made our guest list first because we wanted to see how many people we would be expecting. If you have the option of not inviting people then venue first isnt a bad thing. However, with our huge families we knew we wouldnt be able to exclude anyone so we really had to choose a venue based on how many people it could fit!
Post # 9
I got a rough estimate of how many people I wanted, then looked at venues in that range.
Post # 10
We made a tentative guest list for a rough estimate of our max — 150. It’s helpful to have an estimate of your party size when you go to see venues. One of the most common questions asked when you tour a facility is “how many guests are you expecting?” It is also helpful to know in order to narrow down venues. I just toured a venue that told me I would have to use the smaller room on the bottom floor instead of the larger room with a deck overlooking the water, due to the size of my guest list. I would have thought I could get the room I wanted if I didn’t know my number of guests.
Post # 11
budget then guest list, then venue.