Large guest list, Small budget

posted 3 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
5697 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

It’s hard to advise without knowing what you think your budget is? There are also a lot of budgeting assistants out there, on the knot or (my personal preference) that will help you determine how much things may cost. But in my experience it seems venue and food/beverage takes up at least 50%

Post # 4
1311 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 1994

Consider brunch instead of dinner. Might cut down on the cost.

Post # 5
610 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

I feel ya with the large guest list thing, FI’s parents got up to 160, 20 less than the TOTAL number we wanted to invite, without blinking an eye. Needless-to-say, they had to figure out who they actually cared about and who were “obligation” invitations. 

If you can, look into having your wedding on a Friday or Sunday, that, in combination with maybe having a day time wedding, should defintiely make it possible to have a beautiful wedding with all your invitees. It does depend on what your budget is and where you live, but if you’re flexible with dates, times and meal options, it can surely be done.

Post # 6
906 posts
Busy bee

What you could do to keep the costs on the down low is to limit plus ones to wedding party members, family members who are 18 or over, and for non relatives limit plus ones to only married, engaged, or live in partners as well as inviting plus ones if your friends with them. 

Post # 7
9525 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013

What do you consider a low budget?

Post # 9
10 posts
  • Wedding: August 2014

We wanted to do a destination wedding but have now decided to stay and have the wedding in our home city.  Since it will be here the guest list has doubled in size…and Ive been toying with the idea to have a cocktail party after the ceremony.  This will cut down on the cost immensely.  I can still invite everyone and “feed them”  but it will just be appys and drinks.  Then afterwards close friends and family can go for a nice dinner.

Just another option to think about. 🙂


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