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If you are like a lot of engaged couples, you have no doubt put off the wedding that you were planning for last year simply because of Covid-19 and the fact that you can’t have all the family and friends that you would like. Indeed, weddings are still restricted to a maximum of 30 people at present, and that includes the pandit, priest,vicar, registrar, photographer, and so on, although this is set to change on June 21st when all restrictions are lifted. However, even though it is not far away, it is now unclear if restrictions will be lifted then or delayed yet further.

At Kenza Creations we have a lot of couples who are planning for a wedding in the autumn and early winter, and several who are looking to Spring 2022. Certainly, barring a surge in infections later in the year, we should be able to plan ahead with some confidence. Not before time, many people would agree.

Wedding planning is not an easy task, in fact it is very complex indeed. There are just so many factors to take into consideration. One of the most important of these, if not the most important, is the number of guests that you wish to invite. This will affect absolutely everything from the choice of venue to the size of the cake.

While you might have some idea of whom you want to invite, you need to have a number in mind. Unless money is no object – and for most people that is not the case – you need to have a budget, and you need to stick to it, or at least as closely as you can. That, in turn, has a direct bearing upon the numbers of people that you can invite.

The first thing to do is to list all the people that absolutely have to be present. Once you have that list, you can then move on to people who are not in the “bubble” but you would like to have present. After that, you can add on the second cousins, twice removed, if there is still room in the budget. Either that, or you have to expand the budget a little.

Once you know the numbers, then you can research a venue. You need to consider the maximum number that the venue can hold, and then try to keep your list down a little below that number, leaving a little extra space. Remember also, that you need to take the catering into account so that there is enough food for all the guests. Those two things may require you to pare the list down a little.

Of course, you also have to divide the list so that parents and family from both the bride’s and the groom’s sides are reasonably evenly represented. Probably the best way to decide is to get all the family together and decide collectively so that there is no confusion.

Another good idea is to have an A list and a B list, the A list consisting of those who must be present, and the B list of those you would like to have but are not essential, such as more distant family, work colleagues, and so on. Start by sending out invitations to the A list and when you have the RSVPs you can send invites to the B list. By doing this you won’t exceed the maximum count or your budget.

Once you have the RSVPS from both lists, you can consider the venue. Of course, some people do it the other way around and choose the venue first. Whichever way you do it, you need to consider the catering and the wedding venue decorations. It may well be that the venue provides its’ own catering, but if not, you need to select your caterers.

As regards the venue decorations, you may choose a venue with which we are familiar a Kenza Creations, in which case we can show you photos of what we have done before in it, which can give you some ideas.

We always consider that wedding décor is something that both the bride and groom’s sides will want to have a say in, and that’s fine. We are happy to meet with you and discuss your plans so that everyone can have an input. On the other hand, some people leave the décor design entirely up to us since they know that we have the skills and talent. The choice is yours.

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