First you need to decide if your wedding is going to be an once-in-a-lifetime huge party or smaller more intimate event.

Your budget will most certainly limit the number of guests. Once you set your budget for the reception, you can quickly do the sums and decide the maximum number of guests. Your reception will probably account for the largest part of your wedding budget. In some cases, nearly half of the total wedding budget is spent on the reception.Most reception sites charge per-head. If your budget is 6,000 euro for the reception, and the cost per head is 65 euro, you could have no more than 92 guests. There are many ways to cut expenses such as buying your own alcohol, having a buffet instead of a served dinner. Undoubtedly, you must take budgetary boundaries into account when preparing the guest list.If your parents are paying for the wedding, you are going to have to respect their input for the final list. The more your parents are footing the bill, the more you may need to compromise. The more relatives you have to invite, the longer the guest list is going to be. Your list will also be affected by the size of the reception site. Be sure that you don’t fall in love with a site until you are sure that it can accommodate all the people you plan to invite.Traditionally, the bride and groom’s family each invite half of the total number of guests. Usually, the major cheque writers are calling the shots. If you and your fiancée are paying for the wedding, you should decide the majority of the guest list.