(Closed) Percentage of total budget spent on RECEPTION?

posted 9 years ago in Reception
  • poll: What percentage of your budget are you spending on the reception? (site fee, food, bar costs...)
    under 25% : (2 votes)
    4 %
    26% - 35% : (5 votes)
    10 %
    36% - 45% : (3 votes)
    6 %
    46% - 50% : (7 votes)
    15 %
    51% - 55% : (5 votes)
    10 %
    56% - 65% : (12 votes)
    25 %
    66% - 75% : (10 votes)
    21 %
    over 75% : (4 votes)
    8 %
  • Post # 3
    3314 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: October 2010

    My total budget ended up at $6600 and the cost of the reception was around $2000.  My total budget did not include my dress/shoes/jewelry/etc nor did it include our rings or a honeymoon.  

    Post # 4
    499 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: April 2011

    Mine comes out at an even 50% using the guidelines you provided. However, the budget as a whole includes bride and groom’s attire, accessories, and hair and makeup (just the bride on that one!). The budget total did not include the honeymoon, rings, or craft supplies for DIY projects. Our total budget came to just over $11,000.

    Included in our reception fees were the ceremony and reception location (single site), wine & beer open bar, all food, all tables, chairs, linens, place settings, etc., and the cake. It’s a package deal so stripping any of those costs out is difficult or in some cases impossible.

    Post # 5
    11324 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: February 2011

    We’re going to pay about (contingent on head count of course) 7500 of our 13000 budget on ceremony/reception/rentals/food/staff/bar/tax/gratuity. This does not include decorations, cake, favors, or paper. 

    Post # 7
    3761 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: May 2010

    Sorry I voted only reading the title of the post and not the actual question—ooops. 

    We got a great deal on a venue.  It was about 24% of our budget but that included tables, linens, DOC, bartenders, beer, wine, champagne, and soda/water. 

    Our food (buffet dinner and appetizers for 150) was about 26% of our budget. 

    About 10% was spent on flowers/decor/etc for the venue


    Post # 8
    3761 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: May 2010

    Also, I think the 50% guidline is that 50% of your budget would include all the costs for the reception not just the reception venue.  Your Food and Drink costs will be very high as well as costs for photographer, DJ, and attire. 

    Post # 9
    5837 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: May 2011

    65% for me, our venue is pricey for our area but it was the only place we fell in love with. I’d rather spend the money our food/alcohol for our guests than favors or fancy linens. Some of the thing I cut: ceremony flowers, we’re going to DIY cocktail hour flowers, no specialty tablecloths, no programs. We also lucked out with family friends (people have gifted my bouquet, veil, cake, ceremony musicians).

    Post # 10
    1046 posts
    Bumble bee

    It was at least 75%… the open bar and food was so expensive!

    Post # 11
    5118 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: November 1999

    @PinkBubbleGum: Ours is probably 60-70% of our budget. We justified that because it’s the cheapest venue we could find for our size wedding. Here, venues ask how many people, let you know how many sections of the hall it will be, and say you have ‘x’ as a purchase total minimum for food/drink, etc.

    So we’re rolling with it. We’ve gotten great deals on my dress, I locked our DJ in early as well as our photographer so we’ve got 2010 rates for a 2012 wedding, we’ll do a lot of DIY stuff…just looking for the best deals we can get in every other part of the budget to compensate.

    Post # 12
    7586 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: December 2010

    I spent $38k in total

    My venue for total costs was $17k.

    DJ – $1550, Photog- $3500, Dress – $2400 (includ alts), Florist – $2280, Invitations $860, Rings – $2300 (not incl engag), Gifts – $1000, Cakes – $750, Favors – $500,

    Another 6k on all the little things like card box, escort cards, programs, craft things, save the dates, hotel costs, spa costs, etc

    Post # 14
    10363 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: September 2010

    Ours was about 80%. But, our ceremony was on the same property, and there wasn’t an extra rental fee. My mom officiated, so that was free. We really only paid for decorations for the ceremony. When you subtract out the cost of that, our attire, rings, invites, and honeymoon, it’s about 80% left for the reception.

    Post # 15
    10363 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: September 2010

    @PinkBubbleGum: Just saw your question! We didn’t justify the cost. It just worked out that our ceremony portion cost next to nothing, so the numbers got skewed, if that makes sense! We had an overall budget to work with, so when one area was cheaper, we used that to flesh out a different area of the budget.

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