(Closed) Bridal shower guest list question

posted 6 years ago in Parties
Post # 3
4352 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

@lovekiss:  How many people can the bride’s house fit? I would ask her to trim the guest list to fit those guests because you can not afford to throw a shower anywhere else. If she refuses, I would ask her if she had any ideas for where to throw it, or if she could contribute to close the gap between the $500 you can afford and the cost of the cheapest location.

Another option is renting one of the rooms and specifying on the invitation that it is a pot luck. I would assign half of the guest list appetizers and half of the guest list desserts. Hopefully you can provide a main course for under $150 (I would rent the cheapest place and not decorate).

Honestly I think you’re pretty generous to host a bridal shower by yourself. You can also consider contacting the MOB and MOG to see if they would be able to cohost the event with you (get their contact info from the bride).

Post # 4
8604 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

I think you’re being very generous as is. I would just tell her I can afford X amount of people at X location, and let her either trim the guest list or come up with the rest of the cash. Maybe her family would contribute?

Post # 5
2692 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

My bm is planning my shower and got my fmil to help out financially.  Is that an option.  Can you talk to the bride and see if it’s ok to either apporach her mom and fmil to help out the financial part of the shower Some people dont want to actually plan but will gladly lend a financial hand.

The other option is to talk to the bride and let her know what your financial limitations are.  She might offer to either help by contributing some money or trim the list. Also, what if you found a local community hall that is within budget and then cook the food yourselves?

Whatever options you choose, good luck.  It is super nice of you to be doing this for the bride.

Post # 6
3572 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

I recently had an issue like this.  After months of looking for a venue, I finally found one that was $20/person.  I was able to host the shower for $800.  Perhaps you could ask her mom for help?  I know Bensi charges around $18/person..not sure if you have those around you.

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