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Coming Up With a Wedding Budget 2009-04-16 06:30:08

Coming Up With a Wedding Budget, Part II

Approaching wedding planning by handling one thing at a time is the best way to stay organized. After you've landed on a best estimate for your total budget, it's time to focus on the guest list. It may seem premature to start thinking about who will be receiving an invitation, but a relatively accurate head count is necessary before you venture out to check out venues.

After cost, the number of people you expect at your wedding is the second biggest actor in narrowing down venue choices. More importantly, the expected number of guests can dictate how you allocate your entire wedding budget. The money will be spent very differently if you're feeding 200 of your closest friends and family versus 80 of them, and don't forget about the cost of the actual invitations.

Get your family and his family to make preliminary guest lists while reassuring them the lists are not set in stone, and you and your fiance should create a list of your own. Any venues you visit will immediately ask how many guests you're expecting, so go in armed with the knowledge and get on your merry wedding planning way.

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aimeeb aimeeb 6 years
I can't even fathom doing this.
carhornsinapril carhornsinapril 6 years
sometimes settling on a place with a semi-limited capacity can keep a guest list from ballooning out of control, though. my fiance and i just booked a space that limits us to 120 with dancing, and that will be a good tool for keeping us (and our families) from tacking too many onto the list.
ella1978 ella1978 6 years
My guest list is out of hand. My family is like 40 people, his is 40 people.. my mother's guest list (just friends) is 35 people. That's as many friends as my fiance and I are inviting together. She is giving some money, but probably less than half of the budget.. I don't want to hurt her feelings, but I don't want her boyfriends sister and brother in law who I've never met at my wedding! And BTW, it's riduculous how much this stuff costs. I had one quote by a caterer for 130-145 a head ugh!
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