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Amanda
Featured August 2022 British Columbia

What does your guest list look like?!

Amanda, on April 12, 2023 at 10:15 Posted in Plan a wedding 1 28

Hello everyone! There has been so many new members recently! Let's talk about you guest list!

Are you hosting a huge bash or a more intimate celebration? Are your invites going to mainly friends, or family? How did you decide on the number of guests?

My husband and I only chose close friends and immediate family attend our big day. No extended family, cousins of cousins etc. We both wanted a small wedding no matter what, plus having our wedding in a different province made that choice so much easier! We had 38 guests Smiley heart Our group photo Smiley heart @LichonPhotography

What does your guest list look like?! 1

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Latest activity by Amanda, on May 12, 2023 at 09:57
  • Amanda
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    I think that's a beautiful amount of people! Smiley heart

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  • Natasha
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    We invited about 95 and had 77 there on the day. I loved the closeness of it - we said hi to everyone during 30 mins of our cocktail hour! We also focused on friends, colleagues, close family, and then grandparent-level folks more broadly than our immediate family. But definitely not the giant bash it could be with all of my family members there.

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  • Amanda
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    That's a great group of people! You're going to have a great day!
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  • Lisa
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    We've said from the start that we want to party until they kick us out! So we are definitely going for a ballroom bash!
    Our guest list is pretty 50/50 friends and family - he has more friends than family, and I have the opposite just due to the size of our family/friend groups. Our current guest list is 84 invited.

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  • Amanda
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    That's a great number of people to have!

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  • Petrina
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    We currently have 98, but aiming for 75 guests.
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  • Amanda
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    That sounds like you're going to have an amazing day with your group of people! Smiley heart

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  • KELLY
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    We made a list of our "must have" people and ended up with 80 people on the list. It will be a family reunion on my side and a high school reunion on my FH side

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  • Amanda
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    I'm sure you'll have a great turn out no matter what! Just remember the people that want to be there will be there! ❤️
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  • Mila
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    I originally wanted 30 guests, FH wanted 70. When we sat down to look at the list of people we really wanted there (mix of closest friends and family) it was 57. Not sure how many we’ll end up having since all guests will have to travel to us.
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  • Julie
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    Thanks Amanda!! Ya right around the corner. ❤️❤️
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  • Carine
    Featured September 2023 Ontario
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    We have it small 43 including us. I would have loved a bigger wedding but the budget was just not there, and we wanted to buy a house.

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  • Amanda
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    Thank you!

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  • Amanda
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    Your day is coming up!! Super excited for you! Smiley heart

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  • Amanda
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    That's still a great number to have! Smiley heart

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  • Amanda
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    That's beautiful! 25 is a great number! It was amazing being able to spend quality time with everyone!

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  • Jackie
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    It is beautiful 🥰 enjoy Louise!!
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  • Julie
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    Our invites went to family and close friends and some coworkers. 127 invites went out. We over sent so we can meet our minimum. All RSVP's are in and we are below, 94. But im okay with it cause the main guests we wanted there, are coming. I originally wanted a smaller wedding but FH wanted something bigger.
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    We are eloping so it’ll just be us for the ceremony, but we have rented a private room at a nice restaurant for our immediate family to celebrate with when we get home from our wedding trip. Our total guest count for that will be 14 people.


    We’ll likely host a larger, more casual reception in the summer for our friends and extended family. I would think we’ll have around 50-60 people for that.
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  • K1327
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    Definitely smaller. We had 25 and I agree, I was able to have conversations and spend quality time with everyone. I had a rule that when I looked around the room I only wanted to see faces of those closest to us and luckily with our smaller families and friends we were able to do that.
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  • Amanda
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    That is a beautiful resort! You'll have a wonderful day!

    Love Banff so much! My husband and I go at least 5 times a year. We're actually heading there this weekend to ski at lake louise

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  • Jackie
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    Mt Norquay ski resort

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  • Amanda
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    That's exciting! Where in Banff are you getting married?!

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  • Jackie
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    We sent out 140 invites; a little risky as our venue seats 120, but my fiancé is American and a lot of his guests won't be able to travel to our Banff wedding. He is also Irish so his entire massive family has been invited, as well as all of his friends and most of his co-workers. My list is a bit smaller, I was selective with family and didn't invite the drama, all of my friends were invited. So far 55 have RSVP'd yes with 160 to go, I am estimating about 90-100 guests.

    And I always said I wanted a small wedding Smiley laugh

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  • Amanda
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    That's a great number! Not too big and not too small! You'll have an amazing day Smiley heart

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  • Dana
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    We’re currently estimating 80 invited guests. Guessing our final number will be closer to 70 attendees. 😊
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  • Amanda
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    That is great number! I love smaller weddings!

    I know with my wedding, we were able to spend more time with each of our guests and have actual conversations rather then running around and only being able to see everyone for a few seconds

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  • Brittany
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    We both wanted a smaller scale wedding in the mountains, right now we are at 36 guests. I am so excited!

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