Your guest list is most certainly influenced by budget and resources, but the following are additional elements to consider no matter the scale of the event:
Make sure that when you are planning who to invite, you think about the VIPs - who are the most important people to invite? Will there be guests of honour? Will guests need a 'plus one'? If it's a business event, will guests be allowed to bring a colleague? If it's a social event, can guests bring their spouse?
Will it be a closed guest list? Online guest management services leave room for your guests to invite guests of their own - this can be used to ensure that no one goes uninvited or overlooked. If the event is 'Invitation Only', be sure to state as such, otherwise there's room for invitees to assume that the invitation is extendable.
Once you've decided on your guest list, you'll need to think about the invitations. Consider whether the invitations need to be printed or sent electronically. The advantages of invitations sent via email versus snail-mail? It's easier, more cost-effective and more time-efficient. Guests also have the added convenience of returning the RSVP via email.
When it comes to information, knowing who is attending is just as important as knowing their dietary and other requirements. Managing guests is not just about RSVPs, but also managing their information... Event coordinators need to know as much as possible about a guest in order to make their experience unforgettable.
A good way of doing this is using the RSVP as an opportunity to gather more from the guest than a simple attendance indication. Here one might request information such as:
In order to ensure the best possible result for an event, you need to create the highest possible quality guest list - this means capturing data fields and collecting client information which can be edited at any point to correct duplicates, errors, formatting, and other changes.
An online RSVP system is usually best for ease of use - guest list information is updated online, keeping it current. For a more comprehensive list of top tips, download RSVP's master series eBook, "Managing Your Guest Lists