5 Advantages Of Keeping Guest List on Excel

Framed Photo Seating Chart-Guest List

Organizing a guest list can be pretty intimidating and it might be tempting to keep track of your guest in Word because you’re unfamiliar with Excel. Rest assured, keeping track in Excel will save you a lot of time down the road.

Here are 4 reasons to organize your guest list using Excel:

  1. It will help you keep track of important information, such as who has been invited, when you sent the invitation, relationship to you and your fiancé, number of children and adults attending, gifts received, seating arrangement and even their meal choice.
  2. In addition, it can double as your RSVP list, where you can fill in each guests’ response, as you receive them.
  3. Also, it tally your final numbers for you so you don’t have to count each persons’ name individually. Score! 
  4. You can also use the list as a database for a mail merge. It will make it easier to create mailing labels for your invitation and thank you card envelopes.
  5. If you decided to have a printer or stationery designer address your envelopes or create a seating chart, most will require your guest list in Excel.

Download a sample list template here.

Note: this is only a sample list. You can add and delete columns to suit your needs.

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We are thrilled to be showcasing our new monthly Vendor Spotlight Series, where we ask talented professionals about their work, passion and inspiration.


Ilieana George, Founder of Ilieana George Couture Bridal Accessories

Ilieana George, Founder of Ilieana George Couture Bridal Accessories

I’ve been swooning over this month’s feature vendor’s work for a while now. Her work just keeps better and better each day. Recently, I caught up with Ilieana George of Ilieana George Couture Bridal Accessories.

Tell me more about yourself and Ilieana Bridal Accessories? How did you get involved in designing bridal accessories?

I am a former medical researcher that has always had an artistic side and a passion for creating new things. I started doing Feather Accessories under the brand “Feather Your world”. It was during that time that I fell in love with creating bridal accessories. Towards the end of 2015, I re-branded my company as “Ilieana George Couture Bridal Accessories” and I have continued making accessories for brides ever since.

It is my desire to serve brides globally as I expand my business. IG Couture Bridal Accessories provides classic, trendy, modern and traditional one of a kind bridal accessories. We are based primarily in Toronto but serve brides worldwide. It is our desire to create pieces that make dreams come true and meet or exceed any expectations. Our pieces are unique because they are created to suit each bride individually. With our elegant and whimsical style we strive to enhance the brides outer beauty while capturing their inner beauty through their style choices.





What was the first item you ever made?

The first piece I ever made was a feather fascinator which I then later added a bird cage veil to it for my first bride. It took me about 3 hours to make and I made every mistake possible in the process. At the end I thought this is not worth it, but when I looked at how beautiful it was and then how gorgeous it looked on the bride to be, I felt it was worth it.

What is your most popular bridal accessory?

My most popular bridal piece is the “Shannon” headpiece named after my niece. I made it to represent her simplicity but yet classy.


Bridal Accessories-headpiece-Shannon

What is your favourite piece to create?

My favourite piece to create is bird cage veils. I love that sometimes my mistakes in making them become masterpieces at time and I also love the flexibility of the way you can wear them.

Are all your pieces handmade?

All pieces are handcrafted by me.

How do you choose the names of your pieces?

I name my pieces by family member names. Secondly, I name pieces after friends or other industry women who have inspired me and have been supportive of me throughout my journey.


Wedding headpiece double layered veil by Roxana Silva Photography

What trends are you seeing in your line of work?

Some of the trends that I am seeing in my line of work are vines that contain crystals, pearls and bling. Crowns and halos are definitely going to continue in 2017 with florals complimenting them. In addition, brides tend to be really drawn to items that have just enough sparkle to enhance their look and make them stand out, without being overwhelming.

What advice do you give to brides looking for certain accessories?

My advice to brides looking for accessories is, do not sacrifice what you want for what is available. If you have a vision for your wedding day accessories and you cannot find it, contact us at Ilieana George Couture Bridal Accessories. We will turn your vision into reality.


Beige Fascinator, bridal accessories by Ilieana George Couture

Are your products being offered in any bridal stores as yet?

My line is currently offered in Mona Lisa Bridal Gallery in Toronto, Richmond Hill Bridal Boutique, Canada and Elite Bridal Secrets in Maryland, U.S.A.

How can brides order your gorgeous items?

Customers can purchase items through my website and inquiries can be sent by Direct Message through Facebook and Instagram. Payment can be made via Paypal or Electronic Money Transfer (EMT).

What can we expect from your new collection? Share your secrets.

My new collection will be launched in October 2016. It’s a collection of veils, bird cage veils and cathedral veils.

My secret is to look at what is trending and do the opposite. I feel that there are bride who truly want and like to be unique and I want to be able to provide that. My other secret is to always bring fresh new designs to keep my audience interested and wanting more.


Wedding accessories flower headpiece. Photo by Roxana Silva Photography


Wedding headpiece bird cage veil. Photo by Roxana Silva Photography

What can we expect from Ilieana George Couture Bridal Accessories?

We have a few upcoming features in bridal magazines and blog post features from well-known bridal magazines. We are going to launching a look book in print and currently we are hosting a special bridal giveaway for brides in September, as it’s my birthday month.

Also, we are hosting a Pop Up Shop on October 15, 2016 from 1 p.m to 5 p.m at Bash Event Studio located at 1927 Avenue Road, Toronto, Ontario. You will be able to shop our new collection before it launches online on October 23, 2016.

Bridal accessories veil by Ilieana George Couture. Photo by Roxana Silva Photography

Bridal accessories veil by Ilieana George Couture. Photo by Roxana Silva Photography

Our readers are going to want to check out all your ah-mazing work. Where can they find you?

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Tips to prepare you in case of a postal disruption

Tips to prepare you in case of a postal disruption

Tips to prepare you in case of a postal disruption

UPDATE {September 1, 2016}: Canada Post has reached a deal with the union, averting a strike. Whew! We can all breathe easier.

 There’s a potential lockout looming at Canada Post beginning August, 2016. What does this mean for you, when mailing your invitations and receiving your guests responses?

 Here are some tips to deliver your invitations to your guests:

  1. Organize a get-together at a coffee shop – Schedule two locations/dates so people have a choice as to where to meet you, with a couple of different times for each location and ask people to meet you so you can deliver your beautiful invitations to them.
  2. Throw a barbecue – It’s summer. Perfect time to get the family together before your big day. Invite family and friends over and when they are there, hand out your invitations. For out-of-town guests, I suggest sending via FedEx/UPS/DHL.
  3. Hand them out at your bridal shower.

In any case, you will get to see your guest reaction to your beautiful invitations.

Whatever you do, don’t trust other people to give your invitations to others. The last thing you need is your aunties not receiving your invitation or receiving it late. If you absolutely must have others drop it off for you, give the guest a courtesy call to let them know “so and so will be dropping off my invitations to you as there is a postal strike” and don’t forget to follow up within a few days to make sure they received the invitations.
Photo custom stamp

Photo custom stamp

Tips for getting responses from your guests:

  1. Invite your guests to respond via a wedding website, call or email. If responding via email, please set up a separate email address for your wedding.
  2. If your invitations and rsvp cards are already printed, put an extra card in the envelope letting people know that due to a Canada Post disruption, please respond via wedding website/call/email.
Let’s hope Canada Post doesn’t get locked out and these tips will not be needed.
Are there any tips that you would add? Let us know in our comment section.
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January Giveway

Birthday giveaway

January is the greatest month! It heralds a new year and new beginnings… I also am probably playing favourites since it’s also errr ahem… my birth month!

My sister and her husband were friends for 13 years before they dated, fell in love and got married. Each year, on his birthday, he celebrates it by giving his wife a present!! Yes, that’s right, he gives HER a present on his birthday! My sister is such a lucky lady! This year will be their 15th year of marriage!

My brother-in-law’s thoughtful gift giving, has inspired me to do just that with you!

This month to help celebrate my birthday, I shall be giving away a 24×36″ wedding poster seating chart!

In case you didn’t catch that… FREE GIVE AWAY! Because giving makes me smile! And smiling makes me happy!


Prize: 24 x 36 wedding poster seating chart (frame not included)

Birthday Giveaway
Important Notes

  1. The giveaway is open to all residents of the U.S. and Canada, but not Quebec.
  2. The giveaway will close on January 31st 2016 at 11:59 p.m. (EST) at which point one lucky winner will be selected and notified within two days.
  3. Prize is transferable, gift it to a bride, make her smile!
  4. You can select as many or as few of the extra entry methods that you want. The more steps you complete, the more entries you will have into the giveaway and thereby increasing your chances of winning (you can also gain more entries from friends clicking the link you share).

Here are a few examples of wedding seating charts we have done in the past. It can be customized to match your theme or colours.


Good luck to all!

UPDATE: On a mobile device? Please follow this link to enter: https://gleam.io/fb/gdufh

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  • Colette C - My fiance and I recently got engaged and are having so much fun starting to look at details that will go into our big day. Your work is so beautiful and I would absolutely love to incorporate your artistry into my wedding celebration!

  • Judene - Congratulations Colette. Such a wonderful time in your lives. Thank you for the compliment.

    Good luck!


  • John Chan - I need dis

  • Brytany - Judene made my seating chart for my wedding last year. It was absolutely amazing! I would love to win this for my cousin!

  • Judene - Hi Brytany, Nice to hear from you. Happy late, late, Anniversary!

    Glad you entered on behalf of your cousin. Let them know they can enter themselves too.

    Btw, do you have a picture of your seating chart? I would love a copy for my portfolio.


  • Judene - John did I miss something! Haha. Thanks for entering! Good luck.


  • Joel - Hopefully winning this for Keith and Erin

  • lwiern1 - cool

  • Judene - Joel, Brytany got you to enter. Yeah. Good luck. Thanks for entering.


  • Judene - Thanks for entering. Good luck.

  • Melissa - Eeek this would be great!!!!
    My invitations came out beautiful I would love a seating chart too!

  • Judene - I’m so glad you love your invitations Melissa. Fingers crossed. Good luck!!

  • kristen visser - omg this would be absolutely AMAZING to give to my brother and soon to be sis in law. They are getting married next April and this would really help them out ! thanks for the chance and love the options! beautiful

  • Jon H - Getting married in May and this would be a fun way to remember the day.

  • Judene - Congratulations on your engagement Jon. Good luck!

  • Judene - Thanks for entering Kristen. Keep your fingers crossed! Make sure to have your brother and future sister-in-law enter as well. It increases their chances of winning.

  • Carly - Beautiful wedding charts! My fiancé and I are getting married at the beginning of next year and we have a classic black, red and white theme. I never thought about a seating chart and this would go perfect with our theme of elegance! 🙂

  • Judy - Judene made my son and daughter in laws seating chart (Joel and Brytany). I would love to pass this on to my nephew and his fiance Keith and Erin!

  • Justine Wilson - Love this! Would be amazing to win!

  • Judene - Thanks for entering Justine! Good luck!

  • Judene - Thank you for entering for your nephew and his fiancee. Your family really wants this. I love that you are all so vested in Keith’s wedding. Good luck.

  • Judene - Thank you for the compliment Carly. Congratulations on your engagement! Love your wedding colours! Glad you decided to enter our giveaway!

  • Lauren - This would be awesome!

  • Judene - Thanks for entering Lauren. It was nice meeting you at the Bridal Open House. Good luck!

  • Caryn Coates - What a beautiful giveaway. Thanks so much for the chance

  • Judene - Thanks for entering Caryn! Good luck. Winner will be announced on our facebook and IG pages tomorrow.