(Closed) so I just Calculated the total…

posted 8 years ago in Money
Post # 3
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

The cost for our food/ alcohol/ reception venue is just under 50% of the total cost of our wedding, but we had budgeted for that.  

Post # 4
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

Yes! I think half my budget is the food & beverage, as well. So far I think I’m spending almost 14K on food and beverage. My budget is now at 23K not including attire, rings, or gifts!!

Post # 5
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

Our budget has screamed out of control. I have to sit down and start tallying it up next week. It sounds like your wedding is like ours, supplying your own everything. We’re doing an outdoor tent wedding. It’s going to be beautiful but oh my gosh it really does add up doesn’t it?! Thankfully it’s not the end of the world for us, but I am definitely making an effort to rein things in.

Post # 6
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 1998

That sounds about right. It seems like that’s what the average is – about 45% of the total budget.

Post # 7
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Bumble Beekeeper

Mine is just under 50% as well.

Post # 8
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

It adds up so fast, but yeah, that sounds about where we are too…our rsvps are trickling in and I’m excited by every decline because it makes for a happier budget.  Totally the wrong spirit, but come on, we all know there are people we HAD to invite and not paying for them feels good 🙂 

Post # 10
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

We are at just over 50% for food, alcohol, cake, and venue rental

Post # 11
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

Most wedding budget calculators put the reception at around 35% of your total budget, but I agree with the other posters that it should be closer to 50%.  My reception is going to end up being just under 50% of my budget, which includes everything except rings and bridal party gifts.

Easiest way to cut back is to limit the amount of alcohol you’re paying for.  Here are some options I’ve seen, in order of cost:

Open bar all night $$$$$

Coctail hour, then cash bar $$$$

Free domestic beer only $$$

Serve wine at tables, cash bar $$

Soda only $$

Cash bar only $ (you usually just have to pay for the bartender)

I’m actually going to go with a unique blend of these.  I’m serving wine at the tables, we’ll have a cash bar available, and each guest is also going to be given a voucher that says something like “Have a drink on us!  Good for one house level beverage, domestic beer, or soda at the bar.”  That way I’m only paying for one drink per guest, plus the cost of wine.  I figure the guest book attendant will hand out those vouchers, and the bartender will be instructed to keep them in a jar so we can tally them up at the end of the night.  Hopefully the venue manager will be okay with that arrangement!

Post # 12
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

Just to give you a comparison…our reception budget was around 65-70% of our budget…but that included everything for the reception…venue, linens, decorating, food, cake, alcohol, etc…we had to cut back on everything else…

Post # 13
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Busy bee

That happened to us too. Have you put deposits down on a venue yet? I highly recommend looking at having your reception at a restaurant as that helped us cut costs a lot. 

Post # 14
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

Our catering and alcohol is about 25% of our total cost (including rings and clothes but not honeymoon). And our final costs were higher than our initial budget. I would consider that your total cost may end up being more than your budget at this rate. Cutting back sounds like a good idea. Our caterer cut his costs when we asked him to come up with a more budget friendly menus (we’re having hors d’oeuvres so he just cut one meat dish). I would definitely limit the amount of available alcohol.

Post # 15
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

Our catering and reception is about 50% of the cost of the wedding.  I guess I will have to get a cheap dress, lol.

We had budgeted to have a 20k wedding, but it’s probably going to be more like 25k.  I actually just got a part-time job to stash away some extra cash.  Oh well.

Post # 16
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2010

Our reception site/food is about half of our budget too.  We’re looking at about $20k total.  My parents are paying for about half and my Fiance is paying the rest.  We’ve been smart though and just paying as we can so it’s nothing too shocking.

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