Low budget! So many guests! Help!

posted 3 years ago in Money
Post # 2
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

I just don’t think it’s realistic to have a 200 person wedding on a $6,000 budget.  Even if you spent all of your money on food and drink, it would only break down to $30/person.  That wouldn’t include photography, a venue, cake, wedding attire, flowers, etc.

The best way to cut the budget is to limit the guest list.

I totally understand having a smaller budget and wanting to have an intimate wedding, but it’s just not worth it to me to have a less nice wedding to accommodate so many people.  You’re probably not going to be happy with the end result and neither will your guests.

Post # 3
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2016

You originally wanted small, so go small. People will give you crap no matter what you do. 

Post # 5
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305 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

Some of our friends had the same problem and did a potluck kind of wedding, everyone brought something to eat/drink and it saved them tons of money.

Post # 8
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

You can have a big wedding on a smaller budget. We have the same size families and struggled to cut the guest list from 450 to 350. Our venue (which I am in looove with) is $200 for five hours including all chairs, tables, linens, dinnerware, DJ and buffet set up, a good amount of decor, etc. We chose the middle buffet option (2 meats, 2 starches, 2 veggies, salads, etc) and a full open bar all night and for 300 estimate guest is will be right around $10K. It could have easily been cheaper if we had a cheaper buffet or only partial open bar. There’s tonsss of halls in my area that rent for next to nothing then all you have to worry about is the food and drinks which you can price out to get the best deal. Look into community centers, colleges, etc. If you live in an expensive area it will definitely be harder but not impossible. For me my wedding was about celebrating with everyone rather than having fancy things but if you want top of the line things you’d obviously have to scale back the guest list.

Post # 9
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2015

Have the wedding you want. And for anybody that is hurt, just explain to them the situation. 

If everybody is really upset, maybe do a big low-key event after the wedding? Like a BBQ? 

Post # 10
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013

I think it’s possible to do a full meal wedding for 200 for $6000 but would be a lot of work and require lots of DIY and shopping around and cutting corners. I think you’d be better off going for a smaller wedding or a cake and punch type wedding.

Post # 11
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

emilyluwest:  It was nice, it actually kinda made everything feel more communal so everything was more laid-back. No, no one said anything, that I know of at least ha.

Post # 14
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: March 2012

My cousin did a potluck reception.  The only flack she got was the room at church was too small for all of us, no AC and it was Florida in August.  Other than that we spent the day before and the morning of getting the food ready.  There were about 250 people there, and the whole thing was so much fun.  Even hanging out making the food the day before was great.

Her brother had a smiliar thing at a VFW hall and again it was over 200 people, we made the food for the rehersal dinner and for the reception. It was a real family thing.  It depends on what type of wedding you want… all your family and some DIY and lots of help or a small wedding.  

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