Post # 1
I am planning a wedding for next year October in Tampa, FL for 150 to 200 people.I would like to know what would be a good budget for this many guest? I would also like to know how many rooms I need to block for this occassion?
Post # 3
I’m a northeast bride so I’m probably less helpful in the budget area than people in your area would be. As for hotel blocks, it totally depends on how many of your guests are local and how many are from out of town. It also depends on if the hotels charge you for not filling a room. For example, we are reserving three hotels. One higher cost, nicer hotel for the wedding party and close family which is a smaller hotel so we’ll fill it right up. Then a mid-level hotel and a cheaper hotel a bit further away.
Our top tier hotel will charge us if we don’t fill 70% of the rooms we block off, so we reserved rooms for the people we knew would take them (bridal party and immediate family) and reserved whatever that’s 70% of so we wouldn’t be charged extra. I think we have about 20 rooms there.
We have 15 rooms at our cheap hotel and 20 rooms at the mid-level hotel.
That said, nearly all our guests are coming from out of town (not destination, but may as well be). Also, the cheap and mid-level hotels don’t charge an attrition rate, so if we only fill five rooms at the cheaper options it’s not going to be a big deal. You can always add rooms if need be.
As an aside, make sure to check if your hotels have shuttles on your day- we were surprised that our hotel didn’t have a shuttle on weekends, only weekdays. We’ll be renting a shuttle!
Sorry for the totally long reply. Good luck!
Post # 4
I have no idea about the hotel rooms! We blocked 15, and might block another 15 at a different hotel. Unfortunately, I’m really unsure as to how many people are staying. Our wedding will have between 130-150 people and are currently planning on spending $36,600. As of now… that’s where the money is. I have a feeling it might go up a little bit, but definitely not more than $40,000. It really depends on what you want. You can have a wedding for as little as 5-10,000 depending on what you want.
Post # 5
Budget depends on what your priorities are, where you are allocating your money and how much you’re willing to spend (might also depend on where you live, etc). For me, where I live, I can have a nice wedding on my budget, going with cheaper vendors and DIY.
As for hotels, that depends on how many oot guests you have coming to the wedding. I am not doing hotel blocks. I did look up a list of hotels for anyone who wants and will post it on my wedding website. I have accomodations set up for a few family members already though.
Post # 6
@viewfrmhere: No need to apologize, I tend to write extra long responses too, but everyone is traveling from out of town for the wedding including myself and my fiance were doing a meet ing the middle because I’m from Miami and he’s from Tallahassee. As far as the shuttle goes we were actually looking into renting a coach bus for the weekend for both families as transportation to and around tampa, so the hotel shuttle won’t be needed. Thanks for the heads up.
Post # 7
@Fallicious1012: We were thinking no more than $50,000 at the most, I’m actually helping my best friend plan her wedding which is in March and she’s looking to spend betwwwn $5,000-$10,000 on hers, but she’s a simple person. In my case everyone would be staying over night .