Getting engaged is probably one of the happiest and most blissful times in any couple’s journey. For the gentlemen, it’s a time of cheer and jubilation, knowing they have found a life partner and the love of their life. For the ladies, it is a step towards the rest of your life and the start of a lifelong journey.

The first few weeks may be full of awe, as you admire the engagement ring, and of course, show off before all your friends. A while after the engagement, however, you get into the wedding planning mood, and this can be quite strenuous. One of the factors you constantly have to keep in mind is your guest list.

A few years back, weddings were simpler; you could invite all your friends, family, co-workers, spin instructor, next-door neighbors, and so on. However, today, due to the venue, budget, and perhaps wedding timing, you may have to leave off a couple of names from the list.

How then, do you decide who’ll get the wedding invitations and who’ll miss out? This is no easy task. Luckily, here’s some advice that will help you come up with an effective and comprehensive guest list for your wedding.

1. Discuss with your fiancé what you’ve each envisioned for the wedding

While it may seem like a small issue, not agreeing on who to include on the list can cause friction between you and your fiancé. Sure, you have somewhat of a list of the people you must invite. Your spouse has a list as well.

Before you can decide on the final guest list, first talk it over with them. Know what their vision is and let them know your idea as well. This will help you be on the same page, making the whole process easier.

For instance, if you want to invite a hundred people to the wedding, you’ll each have to sacrifice a few names on your list. Being on the same page with your significant other is one of the most important steps.

2. Create an estimate of guests to invite

The next step is to know how many people you’re targeting to invite. This should be guided by your budget, the venue, and the time of the wedding.

3. Create a potential guest list

You’re halfway through it now. At this point, create two or three lists. The first list is of the people who must receive an invite to the wedding. The second list is of the people you want to be at the wedding, but if push comes to shove, you might not send an invite to. The third list is of the people you’re not sure will make it to the wedding, like your cousin who moved to Italy three months ago.

4. Talk to the parents

In most cases, parents have a list of their own. They’ve either already invited some guests, or they expect you to send an invitation to them. While talking to your parents, let them know of your expectations and constraints in case, not all their friends make it to the list.

5. Send the wedding invitations

Finally, you have your conclusive list. The next step is to send wedding invitations now. Most invitations, however, are expensive, time-consuming, and tedious to make and customize.

Once you already have your wedding guest list, create a stunning design for the photo wedding invitations. Here, you can not only create stunning invitations, but you can also customize each invitation to match the guest. You can also choose from the wide array of creative templates that match your wedding theme and ideas.

Getting the right number of guests for your wedding is no simple task. But you can rest assured that once you do, Mixbook will help you craft your invitations.