- 3 years ago
We want to have a small, intimate wedding with our closest family and friends. We also want to keep our budget as low as possible (would rather save up for a downpayment on a house!) while sharing a beautiful day with the people who matter most to us. Wishful thinking?? lol. I’m an optimist, but I hope I’m not being too naive!!
I’ve been researching various venues, and 30 seems to be the critical guest list number. Our core group of people we absolutely want and know will be there for us is 27 (including us, 29). If we keep it to 30 people, then it’s possible to have a beautiful reception venue & great food for anywhere from as low as $2000 to $3900.
If we raise the guest list number to 50 or even 60, we can have our beautiful reception venue & great food for $5200 to $6000. We would add more friends to our guest list, but whether they could attend is up in the air (out of town, work/travel schedules).
The reception will be pretty simple: a short cocktail hour for mingling with guests, toasts and speeches, a great sit-down meal, tea ceremony, cake, and maybe a game or two. No dancing 😛
Our priority right now is saving money, but I still want to have a beautiful, memorable day! We’ve been going back and forth on the guest list numbers, and we really can’t decide. Do we keep it to the core group, have 30 people, save up to $4000? Or do we spend the money now, invite more friends?
This is the rest of our budget breakdown:
ceremony: $400 ($0 for officiant; gift from friend)
marriage licence: $140
cake: $100 (non-tiered) or $250 (tiered) <—- another decision we’re debating! well, he doesn’t care as long as it’s a cake. My mom thinks it absolutely should be tiered. I don’t know!
stationary/paper/stamps DIY: $50
guestbook and framed painted tree to sign DIY: $20
bouquet, boutonnieres, centerpieces DIY: $150
wedding dress, G’s suit: $0 (paid by family!)
tea ceremony attire: $400
music: $0 (gift from musician friend)
photographer: ??? <—- still looking into this. Right now, finding photogs for just under $3000
I know these numbers are peanuts compared to most weddings… please don’t laugh!
I’d love to get your thoughts/advice! 🙂