Compiling the guest list

You can also do the reverse. Choose the reception hall and determine your budget, then adjusting your guest list accordingly. You’d love to get married in a specific place that can only accommodate 80 people? Compile your list according to your priori- ties until you reach the maximum number of guests. Start with family and close friends, then add extended family and friends, and end with acquaintances and colleagues if there is room. Don’t forget the spouses (and the children, if invited) of all these people. Whichever option you choose, keep in mind that it is your big day; don’t succumb to the pressure of inviting people you don’t really want to see. Instead, surround yourself with people who are important to you. 4. Access and overnight accommodation. Is there enough parking? Is it free? Is the recep- tion hall close to where the ceremony will take place? Are there hotels nearby? 5. Equipment. What’s included? Are the dishes, chairs and tablecloths provided or do you need to rent some? Is all the neces- sary sound and lighting equipment provided? You’ll need to take into consideration every- thing that is not included in the rental price in order to calculate your budget. Don’t hesitate to ask questions. Is there a music curfew? Is the dance floor accessible at all times? Who is responsible for cleaning up after the party? One last thing: be sure to reserve as soon as you’ve made your choice, as your date may not be available for long.

Drawing up a guest list for your wedding can be very stressful, especially when you start thinking about your extended family and your limited budget. What’s the best way to tackle this difficult job? Two options are available to you. First of all, you can list the names of all the people you would like to be present at your wedding, and adapt the reception or your budget accordingly. Obviously, the longer the list, the more costly it will be. Or, if you feel that the presence of all the people on your list is essential, there are ways of inviting every- one without breaking the bank. You could opt for a more affordable menu or a no-frills reception or a cash bar, for instance. It’s time to choose a location for your reception. Are you thinking hotel, country inn or cruise boat? A marquee tent, community hall or vineyard? Orchard, art gallery or golf club? There are so many great places to cel- ebrate your wedding that sometimes it can be difficult to make a choice. Consequently, it’s always a good idea to establish a list of crite- ria before starting your search. Here are some things you should take into consideration. 1. The wedding theme. The chosen location must be suitable for the theme without requiring a huge makeover; otherwise your budget could explode. Find out about deco- rating possibilities as well. 2. The capacity. Make sure the chosen place can comfortably accommodate all your guests. 3. The meal. Is there a caterer on site? Can you choose a different one? Can you person- alize the menu? Think about drinks: is there a liquor license? Can you bring your own wine or if it’s a vineyard, are you limited to certain products?

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