CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - From Meteorologist Samantha Roberts:
Good morning, brides! Choosing a dress was pretty easy for me. I'm not really picky about the menu. I'm putting together all of my own music for the reception.
Without a doubt, the hardest parts about the whole wedding planning process have been:
- Creating our guest list (and not allowing it to get out of control)
- Sticking to a BUDGET
Let's start with the guest list, shall we? This is stressful because of item #2: the budget! The more people you invite, the more expensive your wedding is going to be. You need a bigger venue, more tables, chairs, and catering supplies. You need more food, more cake, and more space for all of those wonderful people to have a great time!
Because I am a stickler about the budget, I had to be a stickler about the guest list. My fiancé and I both have pretty big families. We also have friends and other special people that we'd love to have at our big celebration.
Thank goodness for our wedding experts!
I sat down with Covesa Gragg of Covesa Kelly Events and she told me that nailing down your guest list does not have to be a nightmare. She recommended breaking your list into three parts.
- List: Immediate family, close family, close friends (Must attend)
- List: College friends, co-workers (People you would love to see but budget!)
- List: Haven’t talked to in over a year
I'll let Covesa do the talking. Here's our chat.
Okay, on to item #2! The BUDGET. I don't know about you but just the word "budget" stresses me out! (I think that is probably true for most people.)
Weddings are expensive and I didn't want to break the bank on one day of my life. (Albeit a very important one.)
Covesa suggested making a note of all the things, places, and people you'll need for the big day and then prioritizing.
Here's her advice!
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