Post # 1
So I am thrilled to be getting married to the love of my life. He has a very large family and was honest from the start our wedding would be huge. With that being said now that we are planning I need to find a venue that allows food and alcohol to be brought in as our budget is only 20k and his families guest list is 750 with mine being 125 we are looking at almost 900 people. Anywhere in Southwest Florida other than Miami would be awesome. Anyone have any insight?
Post # 2
I can’t wrap my head around how you could know 750 people.
I am not from the area but I think you’re going to struggle for a venue with capacity for 900.
Post # 3
I hope you find something, but it might be very difficult with a budget of $22 per person- venue, food, alochol. And that’s before you spend ANY money on a dress or anything else.
Post # 4
Yikes. I had a 300 person wedding and we spent almost 50k. that was with everything out the door. We got married in Chicago so nothing was cheap.
Post # 5
Yeah, there is no way his family is 750 people. There are people you can cut.
Post # 6
I don’t think your budget is realistic at all. Are that many people going to actually go?
Post # 9
You are unlikely to find a venue that can fit 900 people for $800. Any place that is that large is going to be wayyyy more. Even the cost of tables and chairs to fit that many people would be 10x that cost.
Post # 9
There is no way you are going to find a venue for that many people with that budget.
You need to seriously look at the guest list and cut some people down, I can imagine how you are going to make that work. Good luck though and more power to you if you can figure it out.
Post # 10
You need to start cutting this list WAY down. When you say His families list is 750 that makes me think his parents are inviting guests who you and your Fiance might not see as necessary guests.
If there are truely going to be 900 people who RSVP yes, then I would imagine everything would have to be outside as I assume there are very few indoor rooms that could hold that many people without breaking some kind of fire code.
My venue is 15k ( includes catering, bartender, florist, DJ, and reception and ceremony spaces) for 75 guests. This is on a Sunday. We are still responsible for booking an officiant and photographer as well as purchasing all of the alcohol we wish to serve. That being said, I don’t think you could host anywhere near 900 people on a 20k budget.
ETA: your families don’t get to create the guest list for YOUR wedding, only you and Fiance have that right. Unless his family is going to pay to have all those people there, you need to say no.
Good luck to you.
Post # 11
If my in laws invited 750 people and expected ME to pay, we would all be eating off of the McDonalds dollar menu and drinking boxed wine. I think a sit down to discuss realistic numbers is in order
Post # 12
Inviting 900 does not equal 900 guests. Given your budget, you might have to look for a free park and rent tents and such.
however here’s two I found that seem to have over 1k capacity (even if you’ve seen these before, maybe start looking for similar locations):
Harborside Event Center:
The Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center:
Post # 13
You should hand his parents a pen and notebook and ask them to write down the names of all 750 relatives. Without looking in their address books, social media, etc. And give them a time limit.
Maybe I’m heartless, but I’d say anyone whose name they cannot recall from memory within a reasonable time limit doesn’t get an invite.
Post # 14
What?! I don’t even like 90 people lol
Post # 15
OP. You’re going to have to rethink your budget. I can’t imagine this is going to be the wedding you want, in all honesty, you can’t properly host that many people with that kind of budget.