(Closed) Budget brides, how many guests did you have?

posted 5 years ago in Money
Post # 3
284 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2014


It all depends on what sort of wedding you want, where you get/have the food and how many guests you actually want and where in the country you happen to want it.

I would look around and ask some catering companies/ venues for their prices per guest and remember more guests = more centrepieces, invites etc.


Post # 4
7437 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2013

We had 40 guests and a budget of $3000. We did a lot of DIY, and the venue was free. My mom cooked the food and bought/arranged the flowers. We had a beautiful wedding, and I wouldn’t change anything about it 🙂

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

100 guests, budget was $5000 but with the breakdown I can’t get it less than $5800 hundred. And thats with self catering and usingacommunity clubhouse. My budget issues are mostly because I refuse to compromise with photography and that alone is $1800

Post # 7
487 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

We had about 60 guests and I think at the end of the day we were right around 6k or so at the end of the day. We were lucky – our venue knocked off the ceremony fee ($850), I got my dress for dirt cheap ($250 @ dressilyme) and I made the centerpieces and favors. I had my sister do my hair and makeup and my photographers were free because they’re friends of mine. I splurged on the cake ($400) and paid for two drinks for each person. 

Post # 8
5 posts
  • Wedding: December 2013

Invited about 100, ending up with about 70 as a lot live out of state. The wedding wasn’t budget priced overall, sorry I know you asked for budget brides, but we did budget the guest list to family and people we are close to, no random +1s, no work people unless they’re friends outside of work etc as we want a warm intimate setting. Then spent the money we did trying to make it great for them But that’d be a way to start to budget down.


Post # 9
5189 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: February 2013

Our parents paid for it, but I estimate it around $8000 for 100 people, which included everything. Not too bad for NJ on a Saturday night.

Post # 10
535 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2014

$2000 budget, anywhere between 50-100 guests Decide what’s important to you and what’s irrelevant. For me, the food is top priority,  followed by alcohol.  Favors, a dj, decorations,those things are meaningless for me. If we have money leftover, I’ll add those to the budget.

Post # 11
885 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2009

3k, 28 guests. a Sunday night wedding. No DIY other than favors. 


Post # 12
2890 posts
Sugar bee

We’re expecting between 55 and 70 guests (depends if we include our cousins and a few friends, or just immediate family such as aunts and uncles because that already brings us at 55).

Here we haven’t found anything we liked to rent without a caterer already, all the venues were linked to ”fancy” caterers or chefs/restaurants, and that’s what’s costing the most, the lowest we’ve found (and we’re getting married at) will be 4K for food/venue. Fortunately, our family will help pay part of it. That brings our budget down to around 5K, or lower if we can, but no DJ,  simple but elegant decor and DIY or pre-owned items (ex.: bought my dress 200$ from Kijiji and plan on DIY a lot). We’re willing to pay a certain amount for photography too, so that might cost us around 1K because we do not want any photo-regrets. But I’m also thinking my friend could do the engagement photo session (free, I’d just tip her to thank her) so we could save on that.

Post # 13
2890 posts
Sugar bee

@OkieHeart:  +1.


Our priorities :

1. Food (we wanted terroir/gastronomic food)

2. Ambiance of the venue (something intimate, cozy, not too modern but not too rustic).

3. Photography


Our ”bottom” list (things we do not want to spend money on):

1. Fresh flowers (we will DIY a lot and use other elements to decorate)

2. Cake (dessert already included with our menu)

3. DJ (Ipod will do ; plus we’re having game night instead of dancing)

4. Special transportation (ceremony and reception are both on site anyway, so no fancy car or limo).


Just with that we’ve probably saved a minimum of 3K.

Post # 14
12247 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2013

@ForeverBirds:  Our wedding was 4k!

We had a 10:30am Church wedding followed by a formal banquet luncheon! Since we went with a luncheon instead of dinner, it was $15/pp instead of $30/pp!

And we had unlimited Mimosas instead of an open bar ($90 for our three hour reception, which was a STEAL)

Then we took out a party bus that night with our 15 closest friends and went out dancing! We paid for everyone’s drinks/the limo.

We had 42 guests to the actual wedding/reception. We also got a STEAL on an up-and-coming photographer for $950! He did our rehearsal dinner (a catered BBQ all 42 of our guests attended), and then our wedding! Then we got a CD of all images.

Post # 15
705 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2014 - Jacksonville Inn

We will be inviting about 35 people, I think we’ll have 25-30 guests. We are hoping to be around $5,000, but we may go over.

Post # 16
1864 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

$5,000 for 225 guests.  It was completely DIY except for the cake, DJ and photography.  I’ll post a detailed budget later. 

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