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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