(Closed) Budgeting!

posted 6 years ago in Money
Post # 3
286 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

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
1418 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

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
2692 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

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.

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