Post # 1
So my Mom keeps telling me that I need to have less than 70 people invited to the wedding to remain on budget! Am I living in a fairy tale world for thinking this is possible? Is it possible to have a budget of 10K-13K for 90 guests? My mom seems to think not but I’m thinking with creative budgeting I’ll be just fine!
If you think its possible where do you think I need to make cuts? Food, venue, photos, decor, wedding party?
Some of the details I’ve already worked out:
Ceremony in a Catholic church
4Bridesmaid or Best Man (including MOH) 4 Groomsmen (including BM)
No flowergirl or ring bearer
I’m very into crafts (just not ones that take forever or that are too tedious)
I really want to serve sangria, not necessary though
Thinking of buying a print kit from target for the invites (I found a really pretty one I like!)
Post # 3
90 guests? I think it can be done. We did $10k for 65 guests but had a fancy venue and paid $50/pp for food and open bar. If you found cheaper catering, I think it could be done with little to no big sacrifices.
Post # 4
Have you looked into venue and photography prices? Those are 2 major expenses that will determine how much you have left for food and everything else.
Post # 5
I also would like to say that 90 would be if EVERYONE responded yes to the invite..
Post # 6
It is totally doable just make sure that you are willing to cut costs and maybe not have exactly what you want because you are going to have to make sacrifices. We are keeping our wedding at 15k and we will be having 80-100 guests.
Post # 7
I’m planning on 100 + guests for my wedding with half the budget, so yes, it can be done. I’m doing lots of DIYing and working with what workis in my budget and is reasonable.
Post # 8
- Wedding: March 2012 - Pelican Grand Beach Resort
I don’t think you can answer that question until you know how much your vendors will cost. I mean, you should have some goals in mind, but you can’t change how much the photographer you want costs and how much the catering is at the venues you like. Tons of people have weddings for that many people for a few thousand, but I couldn’t even get my venue without spending at least $10k on catering and another $3k for the space.
Post # 9
I think it varies by area, but we’re having 80-100 guests for $8000, so I personally think it can be done. You just have to be creative. My sister & her husband had a wedding for quite a bit less than that with 130 people in attendance by having an appetizer, cake & champagne reception
What my fiance and I did was come up with “estimations” for what each part of the wedding would cost: i.e. we expected to spend $X on venue, $Y on food, $Z on alcohol, $A on service, etc. We tried to list every little aspect we could think of and the costs we thought might be associated with that. Then, we went shopping around to try to find things within that budget. Some things we came under “budget” and then we would use the extra money to pay for areas where we went over budget.
Our food budget, for instance, was $1500 & service budget was $300, so we knew we had to find a caterer who charged $15/guest or less, or we would have to make food ourselves. We did find a caterer in this price range, thankfully. If we hadn’t, I would’ve had to cut back another area of the budget, or, like I said, make it ourselves. We weren’t personally willing to cut our guest list to fit our budget, but I know some other couples choose to do so.
ETA: Also, I think part of the BIGGEST areas that will affect your budget is venue. I suggest finding a venue that will let you bring in any caterer you wish and let you bring your alcohol. Those things, IMO, are going to be your biggest money savers. In addition, a venue that includes tables, chairs, linens, plateware/flatware would be helpful, too.
Post # 10
Okay I’m glad to see I’m not the only one who thinks it can happen. And as far as a venue goes I haven’t really had a chance to research too much yet since it is pending a job offer. (which should happen sometime this week!) I know a lot of you are like WHAT YOU’RE crazy 10k in 6-7months! but I’ve never had my heart set on a particular type of wedding or venue so I’m thinking I really won’t have to sacrifice much.
Post # 11
It just depends on how DIY you want to be.. And how expensive venues are, etc… Mine was around 12k I believe and we had about 200 guests 🙂
Post # 12
Hey I am somewhat familiar with that area so I know how much it can cost. Dont get discouraged. Im having my wedding in Dallas for 5K for 70 guests so it can be done. What you need to do first is get with your Fiance and together prioritize. Here is a link to help you with that.
Also I would suggest looking at some all inclusive venues that can include decorations or food or even music. Dont be afraid to venture out of your hometown a little bit. I had to do this and it saved me thousands. Start with that. Also try not to make your wedding party too big. I have 6 BMs and wish I could have only asked 3. Also make some of your party guests who are already invited. I did this. DO NOT (as hard as it may seem) buy a dress until you have figured out your budget, venue and colors or style of your wedding. I made this mistake also and had to end up buying another dress. Its much nicer and much much cheaper than the 1st dress and also goes with the wedding vision. Sign up for dollartree.com newsletters and things like that. You will be amazed at the arts and crafts you can make from there. I purchased my 2nd dress from ebay. Dont shun them out but I highly suggest knowing exactly what you want before making any online purchases. Im getting my shoes from dsw.com for $50 and my veil from valuveil.com for 21.99 including taxes and shipping. It can be done and if you need any further advice or assistance I would be more than happy to help you look! Happy planning!
Post # 13
Also I just read that your planning on having your wedding 6-7 mons away. You might want to hurry and start looking at some venues. Try going to some bridal shows. You can meet potential vendors there and also they will have some specials to try and book you right then and there.
Post # 14
@Woodstock: We are having 200 guests on an 8k budget. I think it can be done if you are willing to make it work. We are not having a dinner just a 10pm snack bar ( wedding is at 7 pm ) and its going to be a cash bar….