If you’re newly engaged, it might seem early to start putting together a wedding guest list, but any good wedding planning timeline will tell you to at least start thinking about it. Perhaps you and your fiancé both have huge families? Maybe your wedding budget doesn’t allow for extended family? There are so many different factors that come into play, so finding ways to determine who’s invited (that are fair and won’t be offensive) is crucial! Thankfully, we’ve gathered some of the best tips and tricks to help simplify your list. Need ideas on how to narrow it down? Keep reading!
You’ll want to start by jotting down the names of everyone you feel should be invited. You can do this as a couple or each create separate lists, but once you have everyone compiled, it’s time to start skimming!
Keep in mind, your list doesn’t have to be final, and is definitely something to re-visit after a couple months of engagement. If you aren’t sure when to start planning it all out, refer to our wedding planning timeline for guidelines. The initial breakdown of the guest list should occur within a month of the engagement, and the finalized list should be done about 10 months before the actual wedding date.
Did you use a special trick to narrow down your guests? In the comments below, let us know what you did to trim down your list. We’d love to know!
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Taking Your Measurements
For the most accurate measurements, do not measure over your clothing. Your measurements should be taken while wearing undergarments similar to the ones you will wear with your dress. The measuring tape shouldn’t be pulled too tight or have too much slack, and should always be parallel with the floor.
Wedding apparel is typically sized differently than retail clothing, so keep in mind that it’s not uncommon to find yourself requiring alterations.
Compare these three measurements to the Kennedy Blue size chart above. It is very important that you order the largest size that corresponds to your measurements. For example, if your bust measures 40.5” (size 12), your waist measures 31” (size 10) and your hips measure 41.5” (size 8), we advise that you order a size 12, and get your dress altered down to custom fit your body.
Wrap the tape around your back and under your arms at the fullest part of your bust (not underneath the bust).
While standing up straight, bend at the waist to one side. Take the measurement where the natural crease happens in your side. This should be a few inches above your belly button. Stand up straight and do not “suck in” when taking this measurment.
Standing with your feet together, wrap the tape around the fullest part of your hips and butt to get this measurement.
Depending on the fabric, a dress can be altered down up to 2 full sizes, but can be very difficult to let out as there is only about .5 inch of fabric to do so at the seams.
Ordering anything smaller than a size 12 would not fit in the bust area. Please note: Our bridal gown size chart is different than the bridesmaids sizing and is listed below.