There are many aspects of planning your wedding that will allow you to exercise your creativity and showcase your personality. From selecting the perfect flowers for your bouquets and arrangements to piecing together a great playlist for the party, you will certainly have a great deal of fun planning your special day.

However, it is also important to be prepared for those aspects of the day that can be more stressful to plan. One thing about planning your wedding day that will at some point or another prove to be a source of stress will be the amount of money that you will end up spending on the day.

Unfortunately, so much about planning a wedding is simply more expensive than you might have imagined. It’s a disappointing truth, but it is one that you can work around if you are smart about it.

For instance, the first thing that you can do to keep costs manageable for your big day is to sit down with your fiancé and figure out a budget. Make sure to include anyone who is going to be contributing to your wedding in the conversation too.

As you are making your wedding budget, here are the top things that you will need to consider carefully so that they don’t eat into your budget.

Your Venue

It is important to choose your venue early on in the process of planning your wedding. Not only does the venue essentially set the tone for most of the other decisions that you will make, but it is likely going to be the most expensive aspect of your wedding day.

Make sure that you choose a wedding reception facility that first and foremost fits your budget. Find one that provides you with a consultant who will help you along during the planning process and provide complete transparency about the things you can and cannot do in the space with regard to other vendors and decisions about your reception.

If there are rules and restrictions about what you can do when it comes to your drinks package and your catering, you might end up spending far more on your venue than is necessary. The right venue, however, will work with you to create the perfect day that fits your budget.

The Guest List 

When you start putting together your guest list, it is easy to get carried away. You might very well want as many people in attendance as possible to help you celebrate the big day but inviting anyone and everyone you know can severely affect your budget if you aren’t careful.

The simple fact is that you are going to be paying for food and drinks based on the number of people you invite. You might even need a larger venue to accommodate a big guest list. Because of this, you should try to limit your guest list to a number that you are comfortable with financially so that you don’t end up going overboard on spending for your big day.