(Closed) Is having an at-home wedding really cheaper?

posted 8 years ago in Money
Post # 3
2 posts
  • Wedding: July 2011

i am having an at home wedding with 100 guests. catering will run us 1000.00 and tent wtih tables. chairs, linens, dance floor and band stage and gazebo will be approx 3000.00…band will run us 375.00 and then add on 3 kegs of beer. we are making all the decorations ourself for the ceremony chairs and gazebo and reception areas. hope this helps!

Post # 4
767 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

I don’t know a ton on this topic, but I thought I could share what I know. A good friend of mine wanted to have her reception at a family property but changed her mind after she considered all the logistics. She only is inviting around 80 people, but was going to rent a tent, tables, chairs, etc. Not to mention that the property and house would need additional care to make everything nice. She decided it might end up being more money, and was definitely too much of a hassle for her. I think it really depends on the area and the prices for other stuff. Some of the venues I am looking at are for the location only and I would have to rent tables, chair & etc, and get an outside caterer and all that. 

Post # 5
10287 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2011

I found that I wouldn’t really be saving money if we went the “at home” route. After calculating the cost of the tent(s), tables, chairs, silverware, plates, glasses, bathroom trailers (I would NEVER subject my guests to a porta-potty), linens, catering, alcohol, bartender & wait staff (my family owns a restaurant so we could have gotten these for relatively cheap), lighting, heaters/AC (depending on the season), etc… we wouldnt really be saving any money. Add ontop of that the decorations and other wedding related vendors and we were going to be spending just as much as if we were to have it at my DREAM venue. 

I’m sure you could have an at-home wedding for cheaper, but for the type of event that we wanted to have, we found it wouldnt really be worth the energy put into having to organize the entire thing ourselves. 

However, being able to totally micro-manage the whole thing would be awesome. That was the one thing that I really wanted and thankfully our venues event coordinator is awesome about letting me do basically anything that I want. 

Post # 7
391 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: January 2011

I don’t know much about this topic either but, a friend of ours just got married at her parents home. She had the ceremony at the civic center and reception in the backyard. It was BEAUTIFUL. Not something I can pull off because I am not that creative. They catered from Buca De Beppo and had about 100ish guest. They said they spend about 20,000 on everything but I don’t what is everything. They didn’t have a tent or a dance floor. They rented chairs, tables and linens.

Post # 8
447 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: January 2011

Lol. I just went to a home wedding where it cost them like 17k, lol. I think there was like 80 ppl, not sure. They got a dance floor put in, rented tables/chairs, a harpist, bought flowers, catering all that stuff. I think ours will be about 4k when all is said and done I think and we’re gettin married in a church. So, we don’t have to rent any tables/chairs any of that. But if you get fake flowers for bride and bridal party, and get centerpieces that aren’t flowers..scratch the dance floor..and have a potluck..it should be a lot cheaper.

Post # 10
129 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: February 2011

We looked into that.  We have an amazing .5 acre yard.  To rent a tent, table, chairs, dance floor, silverware, plates, serveware, lighting, catering, port-o-johns…it would have been the same as using a venue.

we chose the venue.  less stress, less hassle.

I think it depends on the size of your wedding, though.  We are expecting 150.  If it was 50-75 we would have done it at the house…hands down.

Post # 12
391 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: January 2011

@pumpkinpatch: oo, that looks gorgeous! I wish Arizona had something that green…

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