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How to Budget For a Wedding 2008-04-03 09:29:02

Budgeting For the Big Day, Part II

After arriving at the magic wedding budget number, you need to consider how many people will be attending your wedding. That means getting three guest lists together — yours, his parents', and your parents'. The number of guests will determine which types of venues are feasible for the event, and if one side has a guest list that rivals a royal engagement then now is the time for editing. How many guests you'll invite weighs on some of the most important factors of your wedding, pressing most heavily on how your budget is allocated.

The same budget for a 350 person wedding may look wildly different from the way that budget is broken down for a 120 person wedding. For example, you can't determine how much of your budget will be used to feed your guests until you have an estimate for how many will be eating. Nothing needs to be set in stone at this very early stage of your wedding, but you'll avoid wasting time (like looking at venues that would fit half your guests) by getting a good idea of what to expect.

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princessjaslew princessjaslew 9 years
heh. i'm glad i'm not getting married. i'm chinese. and our weddings are HUGE
nancita nancita 9 years
Good tips, Savvy. Definitely a good reminder just to take things one step at a time.
SkinnyMarie SkinnyMarie 9 years
Savvys right, think about how large of a wedding you want before picking your venue. If you pick a large venue with a small crowd its going to look goofy. you want a good balance.
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