Your venue is the first purchasing decision you’re likely to make. The second is your caterer. These are generally your two largest purchases, and should be made in that order. Sometimes the venue is a standalone cost, and sometimes it’s combined with catering. We’ll talk about the pros and cons of each in a later article. For the purposes of the moment, we’ll consider each separately.
Every aspect of your wedding planning is related to two things: your budget and your anticipated guest count. In the last three columns, we’ve talked about your guest list. Now let’s get into the budget. Your budget represents the total amount of money you have to spend for absolutely everything. That includes your venue, catering, photography, entertainment, decorating, officiant, ceremony music, and more.
Many couples hear, “You must invite…” from their parents or friends, or even from somewhere inside themselves. That’s simply not true. The universe will not come crashing down upon you if so-and-so is left off of the guest list! So, let’s talk about specific types of potential wedding guests and how to manage them.
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