Post # 1
So this post is for brides who have/had a tight budget ($5k or less). What was your budget and how many guests did you plan for? SO and I are talking about a very casual wedding in late 2015 (at the earliest) and I’m trying to get an idea of the guest-to-dollar ratio. (Don’t include the honeymoon or wedding rings in the budget)
Post # 3
It all depends on what sort of wedding you want, where you get/have the food and how many guests you actually want and where in the country you happen to want it.
I would look around and ask some catering companies/ venues for their prices per guest and remember more guests = more centrepieces, invites etc.
Post # 4
We had 40 guests and a budget of $3000. We did a lot of DIY, and the venue was free. My mom cooked the food and bought/arranged the flowers. We had a beautiful wedding, and I wouldn’t change anything about it 🙂
Post # 5
@ForeverBirds: My guest count was 100, & my recap goes through an itemized budget.
I think my wedding was the bomb dot comb 😛
Here’s the recap:
Seriously, PM for for advice! I could be of some serious help!
Post # 6
100 guests, budget was $5000 but with the breakdown I can’t get it less than $5800 hundred. And thats with self catering and usingacommunity clubhouse. My budget issues are mostly because I refuse to compromise with photography and that alone is $1800
Post # 7
We had about 60 guests and I think at the end of the day we were right around 6k or so at the end of the day. We were lucky – our venue knocked off the ceremony fee ($850), I got my dress for dirt cheap ($250 @ dressilyme) and I made the centerpieces and favors. I had my sister do my hair and makeup and my photographers were free because they’re friends of mine. I splurged on the cake ($400) and paid for two drinks for each person.
Post # 8
Invited about 100, ending up with about 70 as a lot live out of state. The wedding wasn’t budget priced overall, sorry I know you asked for budget brides, but we did budget the guest list to family and people we are close to, no random +1s, no work people unless they’re friends outside of work etc as we want a warm intimate setting. Then spent the money we did trying to make it great for them But that’d be a way to start to budget down.
Post # 9
Our parents paid for it, but I estimate it around $8000 for 100 people, which included everything. Not too bad for NJ on a Saturday night.
Post # 10
$2000 budget, anywhere between 50-100 guests Decide what’s important to you and what’s irrelevant. For me, the food is top priority, followed by alcohol. Favors, a dj, decorations,those things are meaningless for me. If we have money leftover, I’ll add those to the budget.
Post # 11
3k, 28 guests. a Sunday night wedding. No DIY other than favors.
Post # 12
We’re expecting between 55 and 70 guests (depends if we include our cousins and a few friends, or just immediate family such as aunts and uncles because that already brings us at 55).
Here we haven’t found anything we liked to rent without a caterer already, all the venues were linked to ”fancy” caterers or chefs/restaurants, and that’s what’s costing the most, the lowest we’ve found (and we’re getting married at) will be 4K for food/venue. Fortunately, our family will help pay part of it. That brings our budget down to around 5K, or lower if we can, but no DJ, simple but elegant decor and DIY or pre-owned items (ex.: bought my dress 200$ from Kijiji and plan on DIY a lot). We’re willing to pay a certain amount for photography too, so that might cost us around 1K because we do not want any photo-regrets. But I’m also thinking my friend could do the engagement photo session (free, I’d just tip her to thank her) so we could save on that.
Post # 13
Our priorities :
1. Food (we wanted terroir/gastronomic food)
2. Ambiance of the venue (something intimate, cozy, not too modern but not too rustic).
Our ”bottom” list (things we do not want to spend money on):
1. Fresh flowers (we will DIY a lot and use other elements to decorate)
2. Cake (dessert already included with our menu)
3. DJ (Ipod will do ; plus we’re having game night instead of dancing)
4. Special transportation (ceremony and reception are both on site anyway, so no fancy car or limo).
Just with that we’ve probably saved a minimum of 3K.
Post # 14
@ForeverBirds: Our wedding was 4k!
We had a 10:30am Church wedding followed by a formal banquet luncheon! Since we went with a luncheon instead of dinner, it was $15/pp instead of $30/pp!
And we had unlimited Mimosas instead of an open bar ($90 for our three hour reception, which was a STEAL)
Then we took out a party bus that night with our 15 closest friends and went out dancing! We paid for everyone’s drinks/the limo.
We had 42 guests to the actual wedding/reception. We also got a STEAL on an up-and-coming photographer for $950! He did our rehearsal dinner (a catered BBQ all 42 of our guests attended), and then our wedding! Then we got a CD of all images.
Post # 15
- Wedding: September 2014 - Jacksonville Inn
We will be inviting about 35 people, I think we’ll have 25-30 guests. We are hoping to be around $5,000, but we may go over.
Post # 16
$5,000 for 225 guests. It was completely DIY except for the cake, DJ and photography. I’ll post a detailed budget later.