The Wedding Planner Magazine

Southern West Virginia 2-1

A magazine highlighting the premiere wedding professionals in Charlottesville, Virginia and surrounding areas. Includes interviews, real weddings and numerous articles written by local and professional wedding planners.

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Now that you have selected some dates and have some general ideas on paper, it's time to think about your guest list and budget. As the two most important aspects wedding planning, they go hand in hand. The larger your guest list, the larger your budget will need to be. The List Begin with the list – actually four of them. You, your fiancé, your parents and his parents should each make a list. Compare and combine the lists and decide if it is financially feasible to invite everyone. When trimming the list, keep this guideline in mind: Persons on two or more lists should receive an invitation. Those whose names appear on one list can be considered for removal. Do not feel as if you have to invite everyone you know. This is a special day to be spent with family and close iends, not people you see on an occasional basis, or iends of your parents whom you have never met. The Budget Our best advice when it comes to budgets? Set one. Budgets help reduce stress for everyone involved in the wedding planning Tip! When planning your budget, don't forget the little things: taxes, gratuity, etc. Sarah Garland Photography Sarah Garland Photography process by communicating expectations and laying a founda- tion on which to move forward. As a planner, I insist my clients set their wedding budget at the maximum they are prepared to spend. As their planner, I help them to stay on track and — hope- fully — come in under budget. I have found that when a budget is not established in the begin- ning, couples and their families spend more money than they intend. Once a dollar limit is set, make specific budgets for each spend- ing category (such as florals, catering, entertainment, etc.). For example, knowing how much you have to spend on flowers when meeting with a florist makes the process much easier, saving all parties involved time and ustration. Your florist will know the types of flowers and the sizes of centerpieces your budget will allow. The same is true with all vendors. So now it's time! Make your guests lists, set your budget, call and make appointments with a few vendors, and get ready to watch your dream wedding become a reality. Did you know: On average, American couples and their families spend roughly $29,000 on their wedding and related events. The average cost per guest: $204. Source: The Aisle Starts Here PLAN YOUR WEDDING

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