Plan Your Guest List
Your guest list impacts a lot. It determines how big of a space you can rent, your catering budget, the rentals you choose- it all adds up when things are priced per person. While it might be tempting to start a guest list right away, often a couple will choose their venue first. This way, it puts some parameters on how many guests you can invite. If your venue only holds 100 people, you probably won't be inviting all of your sorority sisters and their spouses. If your venue holds 500 people and it works within your budget, you have much more freedom to invite who you want.
The other thing to keep in mind is your vision for your wedding. Did you always imagine a large wedding with a lot of guests celebrating with you? Or did you imagine a more intimate event with just your closest friends and family? If you chose the latter, then really be picky about who you invite. This is YOUR wedding. You'll see your great aunt Gertrude once removed at the family reunion.