(Closed) Reception Costs

posted 8 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
Member
1940 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

We are spending about 50% of our budget on the reception.  Because your date is rather far away, keep in mind that prices will likely increase before you can sign a contract.  For example, we signed a contract in December for our cake baker and he apparently is becoming more popular and as a result, his prices have increased twice in 5 months!

Post # 4
Member
5786 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2011

About 55-60% of our budget went towards Venue/Food/Alcohol

Post # 5
Member
3219 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2010

Ours is 20% but we are having a cash bar.

Post # 6
Member
4385 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

Ours is about 50% of our total budget!

Post # 7
Member
7779 posts
Bumble Beekeeper

Ours is right at 50% for venue, food, open bar, cake, parking and assorted fees and gratuities.

Post # 8
Member
571 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

About 55% of our budget is going to our venue rental, food, cake and alcohol.  I rented out a restaurant in my hometown, which has been a HUGE savings because I don’t have to rent chairs, linens, etc, and the rental feel itself was about 20% of the rental fees I was seeing elsewhere.

Post # 9
Member
1675 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

Our reception budget accounts for just under 50% of our overall wedding budget. That includes food, open bar, cakes, decor/rentals, DJ, photobooth and taxes/gratuities.

ETA: This doesn’t include flowers, which account for another 8% or so of our budget.

Post # 10
Member
411 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: January 2011

Our reception hall, booze, and food is about 60% of our budget – the rest of our budget is cake, DJ, and photographer. Any transportation will be over our original budget, and flowers aren’t in it because FH’s parents are covering that.

Post # 11
Member
332 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2010

The venue, food, alcohol and cake is about 70% of our budget. We really wanted to go all out for food, so we bought out a local restaurant for the night. We’re not spending a lot on other things, so that’s why the percentage is so high.

Post # 12
Member
447 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2010

Our reception (food, alcohol, all rentals) is 60% of our budget.  Honestly, $16k for 300 people doesn’t seem that bad, if you managed to keep your other costs down.  300 is a lot of people!

Post # 13
Member
1315 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

We’re looking like 50% or so.

Yeah, 300 is an awful lot! Can you rejig the guest list to reduce numbers for dinner and then have maybe 100 or so come after dinner for the dancing etc? That’s quite common here, anyway.

Or look at buffet options etc, we’re saving ca $25 per head by having the exact same meal buffet style instead of served to table.

Post # 14
Member
1315 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

We’re looking like 50% or so.

Yeah, 300 is an awful lot! Can you rejig the guest list to reduce numbers for dinner and then have maybe 100 or so come after dinner for the dancing etc? That’s quite common here, anyway.

Or look at buffet options etc, we’re saving ca $25 per head by having the exact same meal buffet style instead of served to table.

Post # 15
Member
1068 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2011

The industry standard is 50% on the reception. Our reception is 70% of our budget. 

The most surprising part was how much additional costs are added (like service, tax and tip). We thought we had found a good deal and that the reception would be 40% of our budget. With the additional costs, it ended up being that 70%. Talk about sticker shock!

Post # 16
Member
4465 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

Ours is about 40% aka about $12,500 for 140 people.  IMO, $16K for 300 people is a steal!

The topic ‘Reception Costs’ is closed to new replies.

Find Amazing Vendors