Post # 1
Hi Bees! I just started planning our guest list today…I’m at 150 before my fiance even finishes adding his work friends and college friends. I know not everyone will be able to come (thankfully!) but is it possible to have such a large wedding with a very small budget??? I need hope! Lol
I found a couple great venues thay are so inexpensive…does anyone know an average cost of food from a catering company. I live in ohio if that helps at all? Thank you all for your help!!
Post # 3
It’s hard to advise without knowing what you think your budget is? There are also a lot of budgeting assistants out there, on the knot or weddingwire.com (my personal preference) that will help you determine how much things may cost. But in my experience it seems venue and food/beverage takes up at least 50%
Post # 4
Consider brunch instead of dinner. Might cut down on the cost.
Post # 5
I feel ya with the large guest list thing, FI’s parents got up to 160, 20 less than the TOTAL number we wanted to invite, without blinking an eye. Needless-to-say, they had to figure out who they actually cared about and who were “obligation” invitations.
If you can, look into having your wedding on a Friday or Sunday, that, in combination with maybe having a day time wedding, should defintiely make it possible to have a beautiful wedding with all your invitees. It does depend on what your budget is and where you live, but if you’re flexible with dates, times and meal options, it can surely be done.
Post # 6
What you could do to keep the costs on the down low is to limit plus ones to wedding party members, family members who are 18 or over, and for non relatives limit plus ones to only married, engaged, or live in partners as well as inviting plus ones if your friends with them.
Post # 7
What do you consider a low budget?
Post # 8
@futuremrsmw: Tell us more about what you want and a general idea of budget.
Post # 9
We wanted to do a destination wedding but have now decided to stay and have the wedding in our home city. Since it will be here the guest list has doubled in size…and Ive been toying with the idea to have a cocktail party after the ceremony. This will cut down on the cost immensely. I can still invite everyone and “feed them” but it will just be appys and drinks. Then afterwards close friends and family can go for a nice dinner.
Just another option to think about. 🙂