Now it's time to gather your guest list. First, make a general list. Start with your immediate family, your close friends, co-workers, acquaintances, etc. Or just go from most important to least important. Have your partner do the same. Don't worry abut the number just yet.
Once that's done, consider the amount you set aside for your reception. Depending on how extravagant you want to go, your reception could cost anywhere from $25 per person (a very basic reception), to hundreds per person. This includes food, drink, and decor. Keep in mind, I'm a Sacramento Wedding Planner, so this cost is based on Sacramento and surrounding areas. Don't forget to allow room for spouses or significant others, collectively known as +1's. The number of people you invite also affects your stationary budget.
With this in mind, consider a maximum number you'd like to invite (be fair to your partner about their number) and put the rest on a "B" list. The "B" list is for those that will receive invites if there's extra room in your budget or if there are enough declines to allow room for more. If you have room in your budget for everyone, lucky you!
Now that you have your list, fill it in with address, phone numbers, and e-mail addresses. Ask for them if you must. Only for those on the "A" list for now, however. You don't want to get anyone's hopes up.
Armed with your budget and guest count you are ready to start shopping!
Lady Autie aka Autra