Post # 1
Now when I saw large I mean 250+guests.
It seems to me that most ladies around here are hosting 200 guests or less. Correct me if I’m wrong. I am anticipating that we will have anywhere from 350 – 450 guests. We have not fully nailed down the guest list yet. I’d love to hear from brides having larger weddings. What is your budget? How are you allocating your funds? What is your guest list mainly comprised of?
So and I have such large families and that is a main reason why the guest list will be so high. My fathers side of the family alone is around 75 people. SO’s mother is 1 of 12. It is an ordeal that is for sure!
So tell me about your large guest list.
Post # 3
Not one other person is having a larger wedding?
Post # 4
Haha I clicked on this thinking ME ME ME. But… I guess not. 😛
We’re expecting 200 — and I’ve noticed for WB at least, it’s considered a large wedding.
Post # 5
Glad someone else is having a large wedding also! Everyone thinks I’m nuts and don’t know how I know so many people, but my parents also have a lot of family. I’m inviting 350 people, expecting 275 about. Our budget is about $20,000 but i’ve been spending alot of money lately and trying to forget about as soon as I spend it or I may get depressed about it! About $6000 is going to dinner, $2000 for drinks (only hosting beer), $2400 photography, $800 church stuff, $2300 flowers, $ 500 transportation $900 dj, etc…..
Post # 6
I’m with you ladies! Right now our list is sitting around 330ish, but we’re thinking by the time it comes around with weather and other obligations we’ll be around 275-300, which will make the venue a bit roomier. Our list is large because of our big families and also a huge group of mutual friends (ranging from our age to older families and couples). It adds up quickly!
Post # 7
I’m glad my venue is limited to 180, or else we may have had close to 250.
I went to a wedding a few years ago that had 700 something guests. I have yet to hear of anyone even coming close a wedding that large! The tables were so close that the isles deadended and the wedding party had to back track when toasting each table… which took over an hour.
Post # 8
Whew! Glad I’m not alone! FI’s family alone has over 90 people to invite. I also have a large family, and between our friends and coworkers it’s going to be about 350…
And the scariest part is that I fully expect most of them to show! EEK! lol
So far: $1600 for the reception venue, $250 for the church, $600 for DJ, $600 for the cakes, Photography is free thank the Lord! (my uncle has been a photog. for years), no flowers but about $300 worth of candles, about $4,000 on food, not sure about the alcohol, FI’s parents are taking care of that…
Still need to get the ceremony musicians lined out (I’m sure that will cost us…) as well as a few other church details (donation, etc)
PLUS all the money I’ve spent on decor and the “little details” that I can’t seem to pull myself away from!
Post # 9
Ours is a 2-day wedding. The regular dinner reception will have around 250 people, which isn’t too big, given that my relatives make up half of that list! We’re also having an outdoor cocktail party with hors d’ oeuvres the previous evening for over 1,000 people, who are mostly my parents’ friends, coworkers, workers, politicians etc. It’s pretty insane, but it’s something my dad wants to do because he gets invited to about 2 weddings per week (i.e. over 100 weddings a year!), and feels like he has to invite all of those people to ours as well. The good thing is that guests will come and go throughout the evening so we’ll never have 1,000 people there at once (although there is plenty of room for all of them). I believe the budget is around $75,000 – $100K, and most of it is going to the smaller dinner reception.
Post # 10
Well I would consider my wedding large, but it’s going to be 200 people. My mother in law is trying to make it like 350 people though. We have to pay $10 for every person added after 200, so I’m not budging. So that’s why I had to create a B list… I feel bad about it, but we can’t afford more than 200. I would LOVE to have more though 🙂
Post # 11
we’re having around 200 guests and to most people, that’s fairly large. the more the merrier i think 🙂
Post # 12
I don’t have a guest list pinned down yet, but FI’s family is inviting somewhere between 200-250. At least 90% of them will show up, too. Luckily, my family is a lot smaller than his, but we’re still looking at an absolute MINIMUM of 300 guests. It will probably be closer to 400, though.
Our ideal budget is $15,000. You don’t have to tell me, I know it’s supposedly “impossible,” but we’ll see how it goes haha!
@hinny66: HOLY COW! That’s insane!!!!!
Post # 13
i guess according to these standards–no we’re not having a large wedding! but i think it’s a good sized one. about 215.
i don’t think i’ve been to any weddings larger than 250 or so!
Post # 14
We had 315 guests at our wedding this past October. We had invited 400 guests (250 of my husband’s parents’ guests, 100 of our friends and 50 of my parents’ guests). The majority of our budget went toward our venue (a winery), the catering and the full bar, which we left open for the entire duration of the cocktail hour and dinner reception.
Post # 15
I clicked this post hoping I’m on the same boat as everyone else having a big wedding, but I have recently realized that no one can sympathize with me with an 800+ guest count. Don’t get me wrong, 300-400 guests is a lot of people, but it’s just not the same.
I’m going to have 2 weddings. The first one being a traditional american wedding(I’n Chinese) with approx 150 guests of my closest family and friends, and the second one being a traditional chinese ceremony consisting of the rest.(mainly family memebers I”ve never seen in my life just to make my family happy).
We’re not sure about the budget yet, but the 1st wedding will be around 30-40K (coming out of our own pocket). The 2nd will probably be around 70k, paid for by the guests. (traditionally they give “red envelopes” which are filled with money as wedding gifts instead of buying things from a registry) If the “gifts” from the guests does not cover the expenses, then the rest will also be coming from the rest of our pockets… yippy…
I’m crossing my fingers and hoping our family will help and contribute to the wedding, but we’re not counting on it.
I hope everything goes well with the wedding planning, hope this helps!