(Closed) BUDGET vs. GUESTS

posted 6 years ago in Money
  • poll: What's your budget AND How many guests are you having?
    1K-5K (or less) : (11 votes)
    5 %
    5K-10K : (26 votes)
    12 %
    10K-25K : (46 votes)
    21 %
    25K-50K : (29 votes)
    13 %
    50K-75K : (8 votes)
    4 %
    75K + : (7 votes)
    3 %
    0-50 guests : (17 votes)
    8 %
    51-100 guests : (35 votes)
    16 %
    101-150 guests : (40 votes)
    18 %
  • Post # 3
    5096 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: June 2011

    Our budget was $10,000 (though we went over by about $1000) and we invited 70 guests (55 attended).

    Post # 4
    3772 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: October 2012

    80 people, 10K 

    go with non-full time pros (like DJ’s and Photog’s that work during the week) because they’re just as good if not better than some of the full time ones and HALF the price

    we cut massive live flower centerpieces and just doing something simple (people don’t like having to talk over a tall flower anyways)

    favors are unnecessary

    My dress isn’t included in this budget because my parents are graciously hosting… and my Fiance and I are buying the dress, rings, rehearsal dinner, etc.

    AND for invites we went way UNDER budget by using coupons for vistaprint!

    Post # 5
    2273 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: July 2012

    We haven’t got final numbers yet but around 50 guests and is costing us about $11000. $8000 of that thou is reception (food & booze) and photography… I wish we had thought of a cheaper alternative for the reception now but 5 weeks out it is a little hard to change 🙂

    Post # 7
    3772 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: October 2012

    @Petite_Fraise:  I agree with you on the dress… I mean when else are you going to wear a big gorgeous dress of your choosing!? never! and with the priorities.. I think you just have to remind everyone… just because it costs more.. DOES NOT mean it will be better 😀

    Post # 8
    7992 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: July 2013 - UK

    Er… I would appear to be in trouble from the comments you guys are posting.

    Budget: about 7,000 USD ish, maybe a bit more.

    Guest count: 100-150 people.

    Ho hum. This doesn’t bode terribly well for me…

    Post # 9
    128 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: August 2012

    I have spent 5k of my own money for a wedding that had around 175 people invited including children. My mother is paying for the DJ. There is no money left for  honeymoon though. I am doing my own live floral centerpieces, made my Bridesmaid or Best Man bouquets, purchased a mixture of candelabras and candlesticks plus mirrored trays for my centerpieces, purchased used linens, designed my own paper products(invites, progrmas, table numbers, etc), found paper that was on clearance, still doing a candy buffet as well as a dinner buffet, and having a family member do a photobooth, found a lady who just startin taking pictures to do our photography, I am having the ceremony outdoors so I only paid a shelter rental fee, chose to have a cash bar rather than an open bar and kept my budget kind of low for a lovely dress that I purchased at DB. I also have enough money to purchase thank you gifts as well as paying for my large bridal party to get heir hair done and pay for shoes and etc for them. Weddings on a budget can be done! Creativity is key I think! 🙂

    Post # 10
    1659 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: July 2012

    I started with $10k and 100 guests. I’m not trying to have a big, lavish, grande affair, etc…like my dress was $200 from nordstrom and the table runners are Kraft butcher paper that people can play tic tac toe on. We invited 220 and we’re at $19k minimum if they all come. 

    My budget climbed because catering comes in around $70/head with rentals, service, etc.

    Post # 11
    3078 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: October 2012

    Our wedding will end up being about $6,000, we’re inviting 150 people.


    -Free venue

    -Catering for $7/plate (AMAZING food, one of our favorite restaurants)

    -Big band for a $500 donation

    -Dixieland band for $250

    -DJ for free

    -Photographer is an art student that’s about to graduate

    -Dress was fairly inexpensive

    -DIYing a bunch of stuff.  Fiance designs and builds sets for theatres around town so he is very handy and creative.  I’m lucky, I just kind of sit back and let him do his thang

    Post # 12
    701 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: January 2013

    Our budget is $4,000 and we’re inviting over 200.

    Sounds crazy but I’m lucky to know a lot of people who will help out.

    Post # 13
    11272 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: April 2012

    we had 38ppl and wanted to spend around $5-6k but spent $8500 not including travel expenses, rings, honeymoon.  we spent our original budget on just food and drinks.  that was really important to us.  we got a great deal on the flowers, free cake, free transportation and a lot of diy projects.

    Post # 14
    2494 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: July 2012

    Invited 64 guests, then 66, then 68, then two died, then two got really sick, and as of now it looks like we will be right around 56-58 once the RSVP’s are in. We spent about $25K, which is sad, pathetic and makes me cry a little on the inside!

    Post # 15
    582 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: August 2013

    $20,000-$25,000 and about 125-140 guests 

    Post # 16
    55 posts
    Worker bee
    • Wedding: March 2012

    Our budget was $15,000, and we had about 120 guests.  The largest chunk of that went to food and alcohol ($7000) and then we spent $3000 on rings. 

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