Reception Cost

posted 3 years ago in Reception
Post # 2
1735 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2017

tlp42217 :  It all sounds lovely! I would love to be invited to a wedding similar to yours. My Fiance and I are also paying for everything ourselves. I’m still planning our small backyard wedding for 17 people. But, so far we’re having a 2pm appetizer reception l, and the cost of both our ceremony and reception combined will not exceed $1000. Current budgeted total is knocking at high $700’s. I love simplicity, and frugality! xoxo

Post # 3
2253 posts
Buzzing bee

I don’t have a reception budget breakdown to share, but I must say that I love posts like this. It’s fun to see what kind of party people can put together on different budgets, and there are usually lots of great tips. 

Your reception sounds lovely. Will you be posting a recap?

Post # 5
6860 posts
Busy Beekeeper

Wow!! Nice job!

I can’t believe your cake is $1 pp! That’s amazing. I thought we got a steal on our dessert at $1.50, and that doesnt even include the plates/cutlery!

I think linens and chair covers are literally the worst waste of money ever lol.


Post # 6
34 posts

Wow that is very impressive, sounds like a great reception!

Post # 9
943 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2016

tlp42217 :  14,000$ for my reception for 120 people.. I just cringed looking at your total!!! LUCKY. 

Post # 10
251 posts
Helper bee

We are sitting at 5000 for 100 people this summer. I got some amazing deals! 

Post # 12
66 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: November 2016

ours was $18,000AUD


120 people – entree, finger food, dinner, dessert, serving of wedding cake (wedding cake 400 dollars extra), unlimited beer wine and serving of our pre purchased spirits, dance floor, wedding taste test meals for 3, microphone, lectern, set up of room and 5 star hotel night of wedding. Pretty decent price for Australia! 

Post # 13
937 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2017

oh god. our wedding is close to 50 k now. i hate myself lol.

yours sounds so lovely, one thing to add since you are so well on budget even though its afternoon its still a celebration and you are hosts so maybe add in some alcohol. Doesnt need to be open bar hard liquor but how about some wine with lunch, sangria pitchers, mimosas, stuff like that. 


Post # 14
233 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2017

You’ve done very well!!

I’m having a similar reception. We’re in Canada so this is in Canadian funds.

We’re anticipating 40 guests to a dinner reception in a restaurant.

Drinks (including welcome champagne): 1500 (I’m probably well over what it will actually be, but that’s what I put in the budget)

Canapes (3-4 passed, including falafel sliders and lobster poutine): 320

3 course plated dinner: 1800

Cake (plus cake cutting fee) 330

Centrepieces: 250

Live music (guitar and violin duo): 700

So about $5000 before tax and gratuity.

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