You’re excited to get this wedding planning started!!! You jot down all the cool locations and start making plans to visit all the beautiful venues that you’ve pinned on pinterest…am i right? ;) I know your pain and I want to help you but we have to crawl before we walk :)
Believe it or not, the first thing you need to do is make a rough guest list because you need the approximate total number of guests attending to determine if the venue has the capacity to hold all your friends and family. We made an A & B list, I know it sounds horrible but it has to be done. Traditionally you get 50% of the total and your respective families contribute 25% each but that’s tradition and you absolutely DO NOT have to follow it. Invite the special people in your lives, it’s your day and in the end always do what makes you happy and fits within your budget.
When you start listing down names, don’t think much about it just keep writing them down…. immediate family of course, grade school friends, camp friends, high school, college, roommates etc. This will be your dream list if you can invite everyone you want. You will refine the list down further by crossing out names of people you haven’t spoken with recently, we did 1 year. If either of you have not spoken to them in 3-4 years cross them out. Ask your parents to do the same and in the end you will have a ballpark figure of how many people will potentially be attending. Don’t worry you can whittle down the list further at a later date, we are just looking for a number so we can start looking at wedding venues.
Now close your eyes…. where have you pictured your dream wedding? Are you on the beach? Your favorite museum? An old historical building? Write it down and make a list of the venues. Next start calling and ask what their max capacity is, your list will start to narrow down. Take the remaining venues on the list and start making appointments to schedule walk through tours to find the perfect one.
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I know, its hard to make the decision and there are many different factors to consider when choosing the perfect wedding venue but make sure that it’s a space that speaks to your personalities and style as a couple. Best of luck! Now go schedule those walk through tours :)
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My best friend got engaged last month and she wants to book the perfect venue for her wedding as soon as she can. I love your suggestion to have a rough idea of how many people will be on your guest list so you can find a venue that can accommodate that number. I’ll share this tip with my friend so she and her fiance can find a venue that is the perfect size for their guest list.