Post # 1
I swear my list is just growing and growing….and I am having a hard time knocking people out. Does anyone have any good tips to cut people out. We want to be under 200, my wish is 175 but… right now we are at 215 with 13 children.
Also, do you invite your officiant/priest to the wedding? And do you also include the DJ and photographer in for the food count too? Little bit lost.
Also- do you include your fiance and yourself in the final count to the caterer right?
I would really appreciate anyones advice!!
Post # 3
Your venue will determine the cost of vendors. I have seen a few where the vendors are charged half-price (you pay of course). The officiant is generally invited if he/she is a personal connection. If it is someone you found on Craigslist, it’s a lil more flexible.
Good tips: Cut children, cut plus ones, cut people you aren’t related to and have not seen for 1 year.
Tell us how you came to arrive at your guest list (aka who exactly is invited) and we can assist you better.
Post # 4
- We invited the officiant and his wife to the wedding reception and they came.
- We counted the DJ and photographer for food count (but not drinks obviously).
- We counted ourselves in the headcount.
We used the “1 year rule” (we totally made it up I think). If we hadn’t seen the person in a year, we didn’t invite them.
Post # 5
What is your budget for actual attendees? If it’s 175-200, then inviting 215 is just fine; you should expect at least 15 declines. If you need to cut more, here are some ideas if they work for you:
– Cut coworkers you are not friends with outside of the office.
– Set a limit on friends of parents – each set of parents can invite XX people. (This doesn’t work if parents are paying for the wedding.)
– Cut relatives you aren’t close with/don’t stay in touch with. (I did not invite all of my first cousins, for example.)
– Cut friends you haven’t seen/talked to in a while or who don’t know BOTH of you.
As for your other questions:
– Yes, include yourself and your fiancee in your headcount.
– Inviting your officiant/priest is a nice thing to do, but I don’t think it’s mandatory or expected. (We had a friend marry us and she was also a guest, so other bees may weigh in differently on this one.)
– Typically you do need to feed your photographer and DJ, but I would check their contract or ask them what they prefer. (My DJ said he would not eat while he was working.) Also, ask your caterer if they discount vendor meals; mine only charged half price.
Hope that helps. By the way, your caterer should also be able to help with these kinds of questions!