- 5 years ago
[Full disclosure: I’m not planning my wedding yet and so I haven’t had the ‘delight’ of working out a reception budget. Bear with me.]
I see bees tossing around the dollar amount they spend per guest in a lot of different contexts. It seems to be a source of great aggitation when it comes to other wedding expenses, guest lists, vendor relations, guest gratitude, and the doozy: gifts.
So humor me and explain the what and why.
What, exactly, goes into a price per person calculation?
I really am ignorant on this one. Are we talking just the meal? Meal and drink? Is cake or dessert included? I’d assume any service throughout the event too?
Is the venue cost included as well? If so, those who cover their plate, are we keeping the venue cost in the total “plate” cost?
Why, exactly, are we spending so much?
Some of these per person amounts… multiplied by a guest list in the hundreds… I am just astonished.
I consider the fanciest date I have been on with my significant other. It was a sensational night — but expensive, and only something we’d splurge on for only the most special of occaisions. Then I hear about a bride and groom spending more than that on every couple attending their wedding.
Don’t get me wrong, I really treasure bringing my date to a wedding. However, no one’s wedding will ever be as special as those incredible occaisions of indulgence just the two of us. So, again, why the several hundred dollar price per person?
I feel like I must be misunderstanding a big piece of this budget business when it comes to figuring out price per person. Either I’m severely underestimating what is included in that figure and how come, or I’m extremely out of touch with why someone’s wedding “plate” would cost so much more than what folks spend on themselves on a nice night out.