(Closed) Guest List Blues

posted 7 years ago in Etiquette
Post # 3
8353 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2011

Can you maybe pick a different date that is off season in your area? That could potentially save you a lot of money; not just on your venue, but also for a lot of the other vendors too.

Post # 5
4824 posts
Honey bee

I know you want a city wedding, but can you go a little bit out of the city? You can still get the modern feel, but at suburb prices.

I think if you want your cousins there, its worth changing some of your requirements to get them there. 

Post # 6
1371 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

How many people are you needing to cut to meet budget?  Don’t forget that some people won’t come.  I was actually surprised as to how many people did not come to our wedding.

Post # 7
1126 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

Agree with PPs, off-season (even just a month or two earlier) might help.  Also, what about doing it in Arlington or something across the river, where you could still get a view of DC but not be right in the city?  Good luck – I hope you find something amazing.

Post # 8
1767 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

I know what you mean about the guest list- we had the same debate, but eventually decided that it was more important to us to include all of our favorite people than it was to have the “perfect wedding.” The decorations and setting don’t mean as much as the people we share it with- but that’s us and I am in no way trying to get you to feel the same way!

I agree that an off season wedding could help a lot, but moving just out of the city could be equally beneficial in terms of prices. City traffic and parking can get a little hectic, anyway. Just things to think about!

Post # 9
1872 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: February 2011

I have been to daytime weddings and there was for sure dancing (for inspiration, watch “Four Weddings and a Funeral” (the first wedding) and “Steel Magnolias”). It depends more on the crowd than it does on the time of day. But I guess if you want a whole nighttime raver sort of thing, that’s different. 

And then do consider the type of food you want to offer–does it have to “match” the modern decor? I mean, could you do BBQ, for example? Sometimes ethnic food is less expensive (Chinese, Mexican, Indian…). You could also try calling a few caterers, being up front with your budget, and seeing what they can offer you. Sometimes they’ll work with you. 


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