Before – Guest Lists

We ended up using The Knot as our “wedding management tool”, and for the most part it was very good. But we had some issues with the guest list feature – which is arguably the most useful part of it.

It’s very powerful, in that you can arrange your guest list into parties, for example a couple, or a family of five. Each party can be given a name, such as “The Petty Family”.

A very powerful feature is the seating arrangement chart. This allows you to arrange tables, drop people on them, and make sure that all your guests were sat.

But when we were ordering the invitations, we had to provide the names and addresses to be printed on the address labels. Similarly, when we ordered the table name cards from Etsy, we had to send an Excel file with all the details laid out in a particular way. Both times, it was tricky to export them from The Knot, and they required a certain amount of rearranging before they were useful.

The Knot‘s guest list also allows you to link to your registry and track who has given you a gift – rather mercenary of course, but then as we kept telling ourselves, “Get while the getting’s good”.

There are other features at The Knot which we didn’t use: the fora; the links to wedding supply stores, all with inflated prices; the wedding dress galleries. All in all though, the advantages outweighed the dis.

Verdict: Recommended.