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How Soon Should You Pick the Venue and Guests for Your Wedding?

Infographic about brides and their wedding planning

About one-third of brides plan their weddings for seven to 12 months. While that might seem like overkill to outsiders, a wedding is a couple’s one shot at having the perfect day and should not be taken lightly by anyone involved. There’s also a good reason that most couples plan so far in advance. Many of the best wedding venues and banquet halls in Miami are booked six months to a year ahead of time.

And since most brides are planning a wedding for the first time, it can be difficult to know where to start. One of the most important questions people have about their wedding day is when exactly they should finalize their plans for the venue and guest list. The answer to that question will vary from couple to couple, but here’s a general guide for making these important decisions.

Think About Location and Venue a Year in Advance
Knowing where you’re going to have your wedding greatly affects the rest of your planning process. If you plan everything else and then try to book your reception venue, you’ll find all the best banquet halls are no longer taking reservations. As a result, you might end up having to change some of the other aspects of your wedding that you already spent months planning.

In general, you will need to book banquet halls in Miami, churches, reception halls, and other venues one year to nine months in advance. While rehearsal spaces may be easier to come by, these essential venues need to be locked down as soon as possible. Once you have these venues booked, then you will know exactly how many guests you can invite.

Go Over the Guest List Multiple Times
This is one of the most important aspects of planning a wedding. Some couples choose the guest list first, then find a venue that can accommodate that number of people. On the other hand, you may need to alter your guest list based on the capacity of your venues.

The first time you make your wedding guest list, you may have thousands of names. It’s normal to want to share this special day with everyone who has ever been involved in your life. You’ll add friends from high school, ex coworkers, distant relatives and their friends, the nice person who gives you your coffee in the morning, a few strangers you remember meeting, and plus ones for everyone involved.

After you look at this extensive list of names that would require you to sell your house a few hundred times over to afford feeding everyone, you’ll be able to narrow it down to the more important guests. Do this as many times as you can to not only save money, but to make sure that your special wedding day is being shared with only your favorite people in the world. Once you have your venue’s capacity, try to finalize your guest list no more than one month after booking.

Don’t procrastinate for your big day. Take all the necessary steps to ensure that your wedding is perfect. If you want to check out some beautiful banquet halls in Miami, contact Renaissance Event Venues today.