There's so much that goes into planning a wedding. You have to choose locations, decor, food and attire as well as create a guest list and send wedding invitations. All in all, it may seem like a lot. Fortunately, you have a little help to guide you through the process. Here are some tips on making a guest list and sending your invites:
Keep it on the down low
Because you're excited about your engagement, you may feel like showing the whole world your ring. Don't do it! As you start to tell people that you're engaged, they'll ask questions like, "When's the wedding?" If you're in the early stages of planning, you don't know. You may not even invite the person who's asking. Telling someone in person that you're getting married is like hinting that they'll be invited. Until you've started making plans, keep the announcements to just close friends and family. When you do have some plans made, you can respond to questions with, "We're having an intimate wedding with just family," or "We'll be heading to Jamaica so start looking at airfare!"
Decide on size
The size of your wedding will determine how many people you can invite. For example, if you imagine a small affair, then inviting the entire office or your sort-of-still friends from college might not be the best move. The sooner you make up your mind, the faster you can get to the list.
You won't be able to invite everyone you know along with their significant others. Don't be afraid to get assertive with your guest list. If you haven't seen that person in a few years, you don't have to feel bad for not sending them an invite. You may choose to limit the list by excluding kids. This is also completely fine, just be explicit so that parents don't assume the kids are invited and bring them along.
Tackle the save the dates
Now that you've knocked "pick guests" off your wedding planning checklist, you can send out save the date invitations (they should go out seven to eight months before the day). Only send these to the people you are 100 percent sure will stay on your guest list. If you're still contemplating adding another person or removing them from the list, then don't send a save the date. Once the information is out there, that person will assume they are invited.
Send the invitations
Now you're guest list is completely solid and most of your guests have already had the date on their calendars, send out invitations to everyone on the list one to two months before the wedding.