9. Set a budget
It’s easy to get carried away planning for the happiest day of your life, but ask yourself: Do you want to be paying for the wedding years after the honeymoon, or would you rather go house hunting? An easy solution is setting up a basic savings account at the right bank and making regular wedding-expenses-only deposits. Now is also the time to have the all-important, whole-family conversation: Who’s paying for what?
10. Draft the guest list
Back when you were looking at a venue, you had some idea of just how big your wedding would be. Now it’s time to nail down the final count. Your venue may do some of the hard work for you, depending on its maximum capacity and how much it charges per guest. If your parents are footing most of the bill, be sure to get their input as well. No matter who you end up inviting, though, you are guaranteed to have all 11 types of annoying guests at your wedding. Sorry to break it to you.
11. Decide what kind of planner you want
That is, a human one or a notebook one. Hiring a professional wedding planner can save you a lot of time and stress, but it may not be in your budget. If you’re planning a smaller gathering, a paper planner could work just as efficiently. (This is what wedding planners won’t tell you.)