Sorting out your guest list

You’d think that creating your guest list would be one of the easiest parts of wedding planning. But trust us – it’s hard.

You know who needs to be there. You know the people that you wouldn’t dream of having a wedding without. But what about the others? The other halves that you’re not well acquainted with, the toddlers that you’re not sure if you want there and those work colleagues that you see everyday at work, but dip your head if you see them in the supermarket. Set yourself limits, keep things in check and remember that it’s your wedding day, not anyone else’s.

Get Things Started

Give yourself a number. Not a rough estimated amount that you’ll loose control of after a couple of months, but a calculated figure. It’s not glamorous or emotional, but it’s necessary to ensure your big day runs without any hiccups and the budget remains in tact.

You need to be brutal. Try not to get too emotional about your guest list and think of it as logically as you can – do you want to pay £75 for that person to be at your wedding?

It may sound like an unromantic way to think about it, but at the end of the day every extra guest you invite is another number out of your bank account. So don’t waste your money on people that you’re just trying to please.

You can’t predict the future

Give yourself some leeway. You don’t know what’s going to happen in the run-up to your big day. Realistically, there will be holidays booked, relationships ended and pregnancies announced. So don’t be offended when people can’t come, just make sure you’re prepared for any eventuality.

If those people were chosen over someone else, invite the person that you couldn’t previously invite. But be thoughtful in how you do this, nobody wants to think of themselves as an after thought.



Work Colleagues

This can be the trickiest one to narrow down. Handing out invites at work can spiral into a game of dominos quicker than you’ll realise. I mean, you couldn’t possibly invite Sharon from Accounts and not Linda.

Well, you can.

You shouldn’t feel any obligation to people. If you feel like you’re going to crack under pressure and start handing out invites in the staff room, then make sure you’ve got a number of invites held back


Possibly the most controversial of guest list discussions but with a very easy answer; you either invite your guests to bring children or you don’t.

If you don’t want your wedding guests running off after their children all afternoon and leaving the party at 8pm to get their little ones under the cover – then clearly state that kids aren’t invited.

But kids at weddings also aren’t going to ruin your big day. If you know there are going to be children in tow, set up a kid’s area in one of the pods of your marquee to keep everyone happy. 

Keep It Schtum  

Obviously we’re not suggesting that you don’t discuss your guest list with others, but as soon as other people start putting their two cents in, you’ll see your guest list grow out of control. Your Mum will be asking why you haven’t invited your second cousin who you haven’t seen, nor spoken to, since you were five and your little brother will be asking if his two best friends from High School can make an appearance. Unless you’re OK with that, the answer’s no.

And that’s pretty much the short of it. Not only is it your big day, but it’s probably your big day that you’re financing. So don’t feel bad about having to leave people off the list. People know weddings can be tricky, so don’t panic and just make sure your nearest and dearest will be there.


A massive thank you for providing an amazing and unique tent for our wedding. We were both so glad we went with the stretch tent for something a bit different and we couldn’t have been more pleased! All of our guests said how fabulous it looked! A big thank you also to everyone at Morton’s for helping and answering all of our questions in the run up to our big day. I definitely feel I know more about luxury toilets and generators! We would recommend Morton’s to anyone planning a wedding and wanting a tent which is a little different.

We were delighted with the marquee supplied by Morton’s Events.

Our guests were bowled over by the interlinking hexagonal “pods” (as we called them) and all commented on how special it made the wedding breakfast seem. We managed to accomodate 170 guests in plentiful space while making it seem intimate and cosy.

Mortons’ staff were incredibly helpful,flexible and obliging and decorated the marquee beautifully,with fairy lights and a fabulous starcloth ceiling over the dance “pod”.

Together with table decorations designed by my daughter,the effect created was magical,or as one guest put it “breathtaking.”

We would unhesitatingly advise any family contemplating a wedding in a marquee to opt for Morton’s.

Morton’s were professional, accurate, knowledgable and nothing seemed a problem.


The pods lend themselves in any situation and function and looked far better than we had both dreamed of.
Thank you Simon for making our day go without a hitch and for all your hard work and for what seemed like ours was the only function that year!

We had Mortons marques for our daughters wedding. With 200 guests we had 5 pods, a 5×5 square for the bar area and another as the entrance.

The seating for the guests wrapped round the dance floor giving a wonderful view to all and creating a great atmosphere. Mortons were so helpful always at the end of the phone and the whole day and all preparations went to plan. We would definitely use them again.