One of the very first steps in the wedding planning process is to create your guest list! Fun, right? Why does this need to be numero uno? Because soooo many factors such as the budget and which venues will work for your wedding depend on the number of guests.
A wedding venue with a view!
How To Create Your Wedding Guest List
Start by writing down EVERYONE you want to invite. This includes those people that you might be obligated to invite, like family members you haven’t seen in years, or friends that you aren’t really in touch with anymore but you were a bridesmaid in their wedding ages ago. Keep these people in mind from the very beginning.
From there, separate the guests into three categories- A, B, and C, or as I like to call them… YES, maybe, and meh depending on how close you are with that person and the importance of their attendance. This is going to help you keep things in perspective as you narrow down your list.
Keep in mind that destination weddings have a lower acceptance rate than local weddings so don’t be surprised if a large percentage of your guests RSVP that they can’t make it.
Playa Hermosa, Guanacaste
It truly varies by the group but typically 50-60% of guests will make the trip. There are many exceptions to that because sometimes a lower percentage will come often due to the cost and other times almost all invitees attend since Costa Rica is on most people’s bucket lists! You know your group best so put some feelers out there and go with your gut!
- Ready to create your budget? Download the free Costa Rica Wedding Budget Worksheet!
- Curious what the next steps are after you settle the budget? Check them out in the Top 8 Steps To Jumpstarting The Wedding Planning.
- Trying to avoid rain on your wedding day? Learn about Costa Rica’s rainy season and dry season.
- Want to know the exact costs you should budget for the floral, decor, food, alcohol, and everything else? Read What You Need To Know About The Cost Of A Costa Rica Wedding.