(Closed) Cost Per Person: Include just the reception or the entire wedding budget?

posted 11 years ago in Money
Post # 3
735 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2009

I think about it this way… our orginal list was 80 people, for each extra person how much will it cost? meal + drinks + favor + rentals + service

 For us, this is only the reception, yes we are paying alot for photography, flowers etc, but thats really not for the guests, its for us and our family


Post # 4
1156 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2005 - Westside Loft, New York

typically when referring to cost per person, it means food/drink.

I think our real budgets feature might be helpful for you to see cost per person based on the entire wedding.


Post # 5
184 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2009

I agree with with Mr. Bee i think its food/drink.  I believe that everything else is extra.

Post # 6
497 posts
Helper bee

I used to work in events and it was based on catering costs that were affected by number of people… food/drink/rentals.

Post # 7
538 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

I agree with TallBride. How much will it cost you for each extra person you invite? In our case we are doing this by couple. Some things are fixed costs that have nothing to do with guests liek the dress and photography, but for every extra couple you invite catering, alcohol, favors, stationery will be affected and in general for every extra 1 people you invite that is an extra table which increases the amount of centerpieces, linens, table numbers and things related specifically to the table.

Post # 8
2204 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2009

It’s my understanding, too, that the cost per guest is only what costs are variable.  If the photographer costs the same about whether you have 150 or 180 guests, than I wouldn’t include it in per guest cost.

However, if you’re at the end of the wedding and looking back, you can calculate the total cost per guest after all the money has been spent….it’s just going to be difficult to calculate like that when some expenses are variable and some are fixed.

Post # 9
2434 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2008

I count the per person cost as the food and drink stuff only.  Although I think it’s smart to include cost of invitation, favor, transport (if you’re providing it) and other incidentals since they can really add up.

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