We are having the wedding party (and their spouses/dates), our parents, my grandma and aunt, our officiant (a friend) and her husband), our Day Of Coordinator, and then some extended family as they are able to come. It is out of town so people have to come in early. If his grandma and aunt(s) are able to come in early, we’d be thrilled to have them, but that means they have to get a hotel room for 2 nights instead of 1.
It will probably be between 18 – 25 people.
We are doing super casual. We rented a banquet room at the hotel where we are staying ($175). I am having a local Mexican restaurant bring in a nice taco bar, plus buying desserts separately. They quoted me something like $9/person, but I want to dress it up a little more with salads and sides, so for the food, I’ve budgeted $350. I have $100 budgeted for us to buy drinks (Corona, Pitchers of Margarita, Sodas, Lemonade, Tea, Water).
I’m spending $125 on table decor and nice disposable tableware. Nothing crazy, but we’re using silver chargers from the dollar store but then nice black thick disposable plates on top of them. Nice silver plastic flatware, high quality cups, plastic margarita glasses, etc. Disposable is more for convenience than cost – I could have easily brought dishes from home cheaper! But who would clean them?!
Invitations cost me $35 including printing and postage.
All in budget is $785, although it will probably come in a bit below that. FI’s mom is giving us $250 towards that, the rest is on us/coming out of the wedding budget (my parents and I are contributing to that).
It seems super expensive for what we are having, but even though we’re having casual, I still wanted it to be nice for what it is. It adds up quickly.
We could have likely gone to a restaurant for the same price and provided some drinks (although not unlimited), but the real restraining factor was that we needed a place to rehearse the ceremony and restaurants weren’t large enough. We would have had to have rented out our banquet hall for Friday night to rehearse there, which was affordable (about the same price), but I didn’t want to eat dinner in the same place two nights in a row.