(Closed) Why cut our guest list?

posted 5 years ago in Money
Post # 3
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

Typically because the more guest you have the more decor,favors, you need, and because catering and bar is often times charged per person so cutting down the guest is the fastest and easiest way to save money.

Post # 5
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

more people = more stuff

more stuff = more money

ETA – if you are having no food and no drinks, what is the 3k budget going towards?

Post # 6
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: January 1993

well, I guess if all you’re feeding your guests is candy and a piece of cake, it probably wouldn’t change the cost too much.

You don’t need silverware? cups? plates? napkins? chairs? tablecloths?

Post # 7
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2012

you’ll need more invitations, a bigger dancefloor, etc

Post # 8
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Bumble bee

Invitations, favours, food.

Like are we talking cutting it by 50 or like 3 people?

Post # 9
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

In your situation, it probably won’t affect the budget too much except in terms of cake,  and extra plates and silverware. Cutting the guest list is a large factor if you’re having a catered meal, which is often the largest expense in a wedding. Food per person, chairs, tables, silverware, centerpieces, drinkware, number of staff needed, all based on per person. Since you’re not doing a catered meal, you can avoid all that expense that comes with a larger guest list! 🙂

The only other place I’d see the number of guests affecting your budget is if you had to rent tables, chairs, and linens.

Post # 10
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

We had a much higher fixed cost than variable cost, too.  We had a different sized budget from yours but I agree that adding extra guests was not actually that big of a deal (except for the slippery slope effect).

Post # 11
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

Where are you spending the money?  You need to look there to see where to make the cuts.  If you’re not having a catered meal with alcohol you’ll less impact from cutting guests, but yes even for you each guest does add to the cost: invitations, favors, silverware/napkins/forks, non-alcoholis beverages, cake.

Consider doing your own makeup/hair and buying a second hand or sale gown.  Also consider a very small wedding party (cut down on costs of bouquets, gifts, attendees at the rehearsal dinner).

Post # 13
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

Looks like cutting back on the bridal party is not an option.  In that case, I would suggest trying to make your own boutenniers/skipping them, and having the ladies carry something other than bouquets.  Flowers can get expensive rapidly and eat up a sixth of your budget. 

Skip the glass flutes for yourselves (put them on the registry, maybe you’ll get it as a gift instead), but you might be more apt to break them out at the park than in a traditional venue.  We only brought the set we were given (but did not register for) because I thought the giver would be offended if we didn’t, and I worried about them getting lost or broken the entire time.  Skip the engraved serving set, no one will notice I promise. 

Your biggest expense is your own wedding clothes, so to the extent you can keep that cost down, you can keep your budget down and on target.  You might want to also price out arch costs, because I see that as the next most expensive cost assuming you take my above advice on limiting flowers.

Don’t forget: stamps for the invitations and thank yous, tips, tax

It’s totally doable, and in your case the best thing you can do is *not* fall in love with a $1000+ gown.

Post # 14
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: January 1993

@kay01:  and gifts for the bridal party/parents

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