It can be quite tricky to concurrently tend to your wedding guest list, balance relationships, your budget, and keep a check on your wedding venue. One of the main problems that couples face is deciding who’s coming to the wedding and who isn’t.

The key is to try not to get too overwhelmed. Stay focused on what the day means to you. Los Willows hopes these few suggestions will help make the process easier.

Who’s Paying?

You may have to let whoever is paying for your wedding dictate the guest list, especially if it’s your parents or future in-laws. Obviously, they will want to invite friends and acquaintances to the event.

However, if you and your partner are doing the main funding, share the guest list equally between yourselves. And include your parents too so everyone can stay happy.


For this one, we’d advise considering each plus-one on an individual basis. Keep in mind that you won’t be able to please everyone. Just try to make sure that your guest list is representative of the most important people in both of your lives.

Evening Guests

If you want to include as many people as possible on your special day, you could invite some of them as evening guests. That means they show up for the wedding celebrations held in the evening only. Make sure your invitations indicate which they are to attend.

Family Tension

There’s always tension in every kind of extended family, no matter how big or small the family is. And your wedding is the one place they’ll all meet, and that can spell trouble if you don’t keep them in line. It’s best to acknowledge this and communicate these with the family members. Explain to them why they should put any enmity between aside for your big day. Also, give them a heads-up on who’s coming so that they do not end up surprised.

Seating Plans

When it comes to seating plans, a little thoughtfulness about positions at the reception will save you and your guests from unnecessary tension. We’d also suggest reserving places rather than just letting everyone choose seats randomly to avoid altercations and possible disagreements. Doing otherwise could lead to a less than desirable wedding ceremony.

The Meadows Event Center is a beautiful wedding venue in Platteville, Colorado, and we would be honored to host your wedding. Our garden and event center is conveniently located between Greeley and Brighton; the place is as beautiful as it is large and as grandiose as it is scenic.

We’re located at 14016 County Road 32, Platteville CO. You can give us a call at 970-500-5979 and send us an email at