Wedding reception and budget issue! What should I do??!

posted 3 years ago in Reception
Post # 4
1112 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

You could try making a guest list. Include everyne you can possibly think of that yu want to invite. Then narrow it dwn to all the people people you could afford for the daytime wedding, and then again to the most important people that yo would want there for the night time wedding. Look at the people you had to cut out, and think about whether its more important to you to have them there, or more important for you to have your dream wedding. And a word of advice, not much dancing goes on at daytime weddings. If the dancing is really important to you I would definitely go with the night.

Post # 5
133 posts
Blushing bee

I’d recommend not choosing a venue until you have your guest list semi-finalized. Find out the number of people that must be there, and go from there. If you can afford to properly host all of those people in the evening, go for it. If you want more people and an evening wedding, I’d choose a different venue that will allow you to host them.

Post # 6
371 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

@Hiswife2be:  How many guests were you planning on inviting? It looks like you might have to crunch some numbers to see how many people you would have to “cut” in order to have the wedding you always imagined. The other option is using a credit card to cover the balance until you get past the wedding. 

Post # 7
305 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

I would go with the nightime option.  It’s more expensive BUT it’s also the vision you have.  I’d rather have our closest friends (read: fewer people) and have our wedding be exactly what I’ve had in my mind than have something very different just so we could have a bunch of guests.  Obviously if having a ton of people there to celebrate with you is more important to you, then go with the daytime option….. I’d still choose night. 🙂


Also, when you have a really early wedding….what do you do when you leave your reception? Do you go to your hotel at 4pm?

Post # 8
804 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

@Hiswife2be:  I agree with @jbh13: – figure out your guest list first.  I’m not a huge fan of excluding people just for a vision – but it really depends.  If the people you’d have to cut are acquaintences you don’t really care about, eh, maybe go with the dinner option.  But if they are people that would really make you wedding special, have the lunch reception.

Post # 9
237 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

Can you cut costs elsewhere, like with the dress or band in order to afford inviting the people you want to the nighttime wedding?

Post # 10
1354 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

@Hiswife2be:  shorten your list and get your night time wedding vision. But make a guest list first and get a real idea of who you’d invite and how many people you’d want to invite. See if its within hour budget to invite everyone and have a night wedding. If not, trim your list. Then weigh your options. If you can invite all of the super important people and have your wedding vision come to life, do it. It’s your wedding and you’re only going to have pictures left as memories. Make sure you love looking through those pictures in the years to come.

Post # 12
96 posts
Worker bee

How many people would you have to cut?  It’s a $7 difference per person, so before tax, service and gratuity, it’s only $700 difference for 100 people.  I realize $700 is a lot for some, so I don’t mean to sound like it is nothing, but are you only talking a difference of 25 people or so?  That’s not a huge difference in price for the night time wedding.

I agree with the earlier posts – figure out your guest list and you might be surprised at the small difference to achieve your hoped-for vision of your reception.

Post # 13
539 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2014

Get a cheaper dress, photography package, one less floral arrangement to make up the difference.  I had a super budget wedding and had to cut lifelong friends, so I wouldn’t cut them just to get my vision.

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