- 4 years ago
- Wedding: September 2014
Does this look about right? We’ve not booked the venue yet but we want to soon. I don’t want to book it if it turns out I’ve under-budgeted for everything else!
Here it goes…
Civil ceremony at registry office £119.00
Reception venue hire, service cost and corkage fee £2,500.00
Food for 75 guests (max. £30 pp) £2,250.00
Cake from M&S £200.00
Bride’s dress & accessories (high street) £380.00
Bridesmaid’s dress & accessories (high street) £120.00
Hair, make up & manicure £200.00
Groom’s suit & accessories £300.00
Bride’s bouquet and bridesmaid’s bouquet £80.00
Boutonnieres/corsages (3 groomsmen and 2 sets of parents) £40.00
Reception decorations & centrepieces £300.00
Wedding rings £500.00
Attendant gifts, parent gifts, and favours £100.00
The venue hire for the reception includes accommodation for up to 22 guests. Around 2/3 of our guests will be family members and all of our guests will need to travel to the wedding. Would it be terribly rude if we asked them for a contribution if they wish to stay at the venue? We are working on the premise that we will be able to pay for everything ourselves but a contribution would, of course, help and the guests will need to pay to somewhere, anyway. I expect we will offer the on-site accommodation to our immediate family first. We are happy to absorb the cost though as what is most important to us is that everyone of our guests is able to join us to celebrate. We don’t want them to think they are subsidising our wedding!
The capacity of our venue is 75 and, at the moment, we’ve got around 65 guests we wish to invite. We’re not sure whether we will add an extra 10 but we may do. The venue has advised they can do a menu for around £25 pp too but I’m trying to overestimate so we don’t get caught out.
I am only having one bridesmaid – my sister – and I want to offer to pay for her dress. My fiancé will likely have his brothers as ushers and a close friend as a best man but I’m not sure whether we feel the need for them to all be wearing matching suits.
I am happy to fork out for things we will use again (like make up or shoes or a suit) but I want to keep other costs as low as possible without scrimping too much. What’s important is that we get married and have a nice time celebrating with our close friends and family. We want to buy a house before long so can’t go mad…
Do my costings look OK or do they need to be reworked?