- 3 years ago
- Wedding: April 2017
In less than 3 months, my fiancé will be getting married (Saturday 4/22/17)! When we first started planning we knew two things were certain: 1) We wanted a smaller, more intimate affair; 2) We’d pay for the entire shin-dig ourselves (wedding & honeymoon). And we’ve managed to achieve both! I received our final guest count this morning.. a whopping 45 people (which includes us 2 & 3 vendors).
I’ve crunched the numbers & here’s where we stand for reception costs:
• Unlimited soda, tea, water ($2.50/person): $112.50
• Appetizers (tomato basil meatballs & caprese skewers): $110.00
• Plated Meal w/ sides, bread, & butter (each guest has a choice of four entrées): $524.00
• Cake cutting (includes plates/cutlery): $45.00
• Gray linen napkins: $5.00
• Subtotal #1: $796.50
• Tax: $82.44
• Subtotal #2: $878.94
• Gratuity 18%: $158.21
TOTAL ESTIMATE: $1,037.15
Dessert (we’ve used this baker 3x & her desserts are out of this world!)
• Two-tier wedding cake (bottom: white w/ vanilla buttercream filling; top: marble w/ chocolate filling)
• Mini sweets table (138 pieces total/46 each of the following: soft chocolate chip cookies, strawberry shortcake shooters, chocolate truffle cake w/ ganache)
• Display piece rental/delivery/complete set-up
So we’re right at under $1,500. Of course, the numbers above do not include other small miscellaneous expenses, i.e. floral cake topper, centerpieces, etc, but I assure you they’re just as cost-friendly.
How We Saved Money
A lot of couple’s must-haves just weren’t important to us. A good meal & socializing with our loved ones is all we really wanted. So we saved money by: 1) Renting the private room of a restaurant w/ a cool view of the city. Best part? No room rental fee!; 2) Hosting a lunch reception vs dinner. Food is literally half the cost, even on a Saturday! 3) Utilizing the restaurant’s free AV to show a photo slideshow & stream music which means no DJ costs; 4) Ixnayed renting linens. The tables are a lovely hardwood color, so why bother? No one will remember; 5) Cash bar. Honestly, I think we’re providing a pretty nice spread of food so there’s no need for us to pay for guests to get sloshed at 2 o’clock in the afternoon :-p
Could we have saved even more money? Sure! But we’re pretty darn happy w/ what we’ve able to achieve without breaking the bank! I’d love to hear how much you paid for your reception!