Post # 1
There are some older posts on this, but there’s so much turnover it’s always nice to hear from newer bees that are getting married in the same general timeframe.
Here are the guidelines so everyone can have a similar comparison:
– Exclude rings and honeymoon. Include everything else associated with hosting the wedding that would be a bill someone needs to pay, be it you, a parent, whoever.
– Use your expected number of guests that will show, not the number you are inviting (there are obviously some additional costs to inviting more, but you can do two different numbers if you want)
Then, divide total cost of the wedding by the expected number of guests – there’s your total cost per guest!
Mine is right at $140/guest that I expect will attend. I kind of like having it broken down that way, it doesn’t seem as bad to me somehow. If I do it by invited guests, it is only $85/guest!! But we’re doing a wedding that is out of town for everyone, so we’re expecting a relatively high “No” RSVP rate.
Post # 3
Mine is really high ($444/guest), but I think that’s because we had a very small wedding (45 people in the end).
Post # 4
$30. But the total is my total budget for dress, diy and other wedding items like Dj and transportation, hair, makeup, shoes, invitations, officiant, ceremony space, flowers, photography, etc. Some of those costs have nothing really to do with the guests.
Post # 5
Ours probably will be $150-$175 depending on how many guests attend in the end.
Post # 6
- Wedding: August 2013 - Brookfield Zoo
Right now it’s probably around $300 per guest, gah! I didn’t look at it that way.
Post # 7
@Lemma: Yeah my guest count is very low so it sort of blows up my “per guest” number a little since other costs remain the same.
Post # 9
We’re at $20 per person, we’re planning on around 375 people total. Right now our guest list is at 525, but I’m hoping to cut that down more. And there’s no way we’ll have less than 100 no’s.
Post # 10
$116 per person for food and venue. And we have 220 guests.
Post # 11
I think we’re around $200 pp. I feel weird having some costs (my dress, photographer) be included though since they are mostly for me. I think that items which are part of the guest experience (reception venue, food, drink, invitations, favors) should be what determines the cost per guest.
Post # 12
@NAvery: Our venue had a minimum we didn’t meet (we didn’t get as many out of towners as we expected) so it increased our cost to $245/head.
Post # 13
~$860pp for 50 ppl including ourselves.
Post # 14
$650 pp for 130, includes photographer, videographer, live musicians, gratuities, transportation, and a planner.
It’s about $245pp for just the ceremony & reception spaces & food.
I wanted a small high end wedding, Fiance wanted a big wedding even if cheap. We settled on a medium sized wedding that’s high end in the high-imact places but DIYed and heavily negotiated in others. Not as fully accomodating as I would’ve liked to be if it was maybe 50 people.
Post # 15
Mine is high. I just guessed around 18,000.00 for 40 guests. 450.00 per person.
Post # 16
Mine is high too. I think it’s around the $350-450 range. We had less guests than expected, and many of the bills were set costs that would’ve been the same had it been 300 or 50 (e.g. DJ).