(Closed) The guest list; Is it too early?

posted 8 years ago in Logistics
Post # 3
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

I don’t think so at all!  You should be sending out STD soon if you plan on doing them.

Post # 4
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

I personally made the guest list before I booked the venue.  Otherwise I wouldn’t know how many people to tell the venue as an approximate number (which determines everything it seems like).  Also, it gave me a better idea of how much per plate we could spend (some places were automatically ruled out due to the cost per person with our number of guests).

Post # 5
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: February 2008

I don’t think it’s too early. I already have mine pretty much done, and my wedding is July/11. I mainly did it this early because I’m so far away from the wedding location/home (4000 miles) so I wanted to get it out of the way to send out the save the dates this summer, so it’s one less thing to worry about when i’m home and doing the bulk of the planning.

I say go for it, especially if you’re sending out save the dates 🙂

Good luck!!

Post # 6
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2011

I don’t think so, a lot of decisions are based on your guest list

Post # 7
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

The first thing we did was decide on roughly how much we were willing to spend. The second thing was formulating a preliminary guest list. It’s 100% not too early to start thinking about who you want to invite, but be careful if you send out save-the-dates! Even though we pondered over our guest list for months, I regret sending save-the-dates to a few of them.

Post # 8
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2010

No!! I think it’s one of the first things you should do. It will help determine cost, location, # centerpieces, etc. It’s very important. Also, since you’re getting married in less than 8 months and on a holiday, you’ll want to get your Save the Dates out soon.

Post # 9
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2011

it is absolutely not too early! we have already had one fight about it (not us, but with parents) and i’m glad we did it before we sent out STD’s because we’ve had to tweak our list some. some people we wanted on our “A” list, who would have gotten STD’s are now on the “B” list and will not get an STD.

Post # 10
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

You really can’t be too early with the guest list. For one thing, it is crucial to planning and budgeting. For another, it takes FOREVER to gether all of the addresses. FOREVER. I’m planning on sending out my invites in a week (!!!) and I’m still looking for a few stragglers.

Post # 11
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2010

I made mine before I booked my venue.  Otherwise I wouldn’t have known what kind of capacity or food/beverage minimums would work for us.

Post # 12
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2011

Not at all! I’ve had my list made up for 4 months and we aren’t getting married till April 2011. We have added people who didn’t think of. When you go to look at venues they ask you how many guest you are inviting. It is a good thing to know. I say dig in, it’s less than a year and it’ll be going by fast!

Post # 13
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: February 2013

My wedding isn’t until well into 2012 and I made a list – just to get an idea of how many people I wanted to invite. It’s obviously not set in stone at this point, but it was good to see who I really wanted to be there.

Post # 14
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: January 2011 - Vintage Villas

Not at all! My wedding is a week after yours and we already have our guest list almost finalized and are sending out save the dates within the next couple of weeks!

Post # 15
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: December 2010

Hi date twin!!

No it is not too early to start a guest list. Maybe he just doesn’t know how important a guest list is right now. He probably thinks that you are ready to send off invites. Maybe you should ask your Future Mother-In-Law to do it.

Post # 16
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Bumble bee

Our guest list was the first thing we did, before we booked a venue or anything else. If your Future In-Laws aren’t willing to make their list (and how generous of you to let them invite a “majority” of 250 people – not many couples would let their parents do that!) then I think your FH needs to do it on their behalf. They can check the list and make amendments and then you’ll have your numbers. If that doesn’t work either then I think you’d be within your rights to not let them have a guest list.

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