Your first challenge! Hard but certainly gratifying! At first write full names, and You get a head start on work.
Step nr. 1: guests list and “potential” guests. Exactly! Who You would like to have, who You must have and who… no! Dividing Your wedding list between bride and groom, relatives, friends and potential guests, You will find much more easy complete it and find mistakes. Somebody You forgot and some who should be just a potential guest.
Other reflections about children: with or without?
That’s important to estabilish what sort of location (not only for dimensions) adapt at best at Your wedding, kind of service, planning, entertainment and schedule.
Invite everybody to the ceremony and the party.
Just the religious rite makes guests give something as gift.
Analyze guests’ typology to find common features. You know them and Yours will be the right judgment, don’t delegate, just ask for help and advice. Your relatives would like to have people they care of. Don’t refuse immediately! Take time to think about. Your wedding is important to You as to Your parents.
When the list will be complete You will know if there is a number of guests to plan ball until night. That’s the first detail to check. If guests are just a few, don’t try to keep late hours at any cost, You would be disappoint by the result.