(Closed) What percent of your budget was your reception?

posted 7 years ago in Reception
Post # 32
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

Ours is about 75% of our 40 person wedding. itll cost us about 4.5 – 5 with the cake, decorations, all the food, all the drinks and the set up fee. And then we have about another 3k for everything else which looks like we will come in under budget for, but as a PP said we are DIYing allw e can and I bought my dress for $450 second hand, my wedding band came with my engagement ring so I don’t have that cost, we aren’t having a band we are just using an ipod and the sound system at the hotel, and I am DIYing the flowers and all the rest of the decor and such.

Post # 33
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Busy bee

ours is about 35% of the total budget. i dont know how others are calculating their budget but i include everything in my total from rings down to hotel stay. at any rate our reception will be about 3500 as it’s just an afternoon tea and that includes are ceremony fee. our after-party will be about 2000 

Post # 34
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: February 2016

Ours is costing us about 51% of our budget and includes all the food, drinks & the wedding cake. 

Post # 35
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Worker bee

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Post # 36
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2016

My reception (a package deal from the venue including food, booze, and cake plus ceremony) is 75-80% of our $12,500 budget. I was already planning to keep any “me” expenses low, so no hair or makeup professionally done, buying a used dress that was inexpensive in the first place, my engagement ring will be my wedding band until we’re in a more comfortable financial place to upgrade, etc. Basically, aside from treating our friends and family to a fun party, our biggest expenses will be the photographer and the DJ. Everything else will be DIY, bought used/thrifted, or scaled down. Weddings are apparently a big business in my area, so it was hard finding a venue that would accommodate a mid-sized wedding that came in under $10k for food and drink. I had to hunt around and cut some of the extras from this venue’s package to find something that works.

Post # 37
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Bee Keeper

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babeba:  our budget without the rings and honeymoon was about £27k; the reception accounted for a reasonable chunk of that figure – approx £9.5k for the food and drink alone. 

Post # 38
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

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babeba:  Our reception costs (venue, dinner, beverages, and late night lunch) probably worked out to about 70% of our budget, largely because dinner & beverages is heavily determined by guest count and we had almost 200 people. We also had a set budget we wanted to stick within, so really limited expenses in other categories – DIY flowers, invitations, etc – to stay within budget.

Post # 39
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2015

Our recpetion, including the venue fee, open bar cocktail hour, hors d’oeuvres, meal, wine and coffee comes to 80% of our $15,000 budget for 100 people.

Post # 40
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

About 50% on catering. 

Post # 41
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Helper bee

My ceremony was like 1000. My reception like 39,000… So yeah lol receptions are way more expensive. They are longer, you need food drinks wait staff, DJ etc etc

Post # 42
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2015

About 50%.

Post # 43
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2016

We are not having a reception. Instead of a big evening party. We decided to have an intimate family- morning ceremony. No huge wedding party. Just my maid of honor sister and his best man. Then a wedding breakfast/brunch with champagne toast and a cake. At an all in one spot for no driving all over, just enjoy the weekend at a resort. 

I already had a massive wedding once upon a time. The truth is- it’s a fantastic party. It really is fun. But at the end of the day what matters is venue, photographer, dress, flowers, cake. 

Dealing with seating and catering and timing and people– and all that is just eeeeek. No thanks. It’s more fun and less money to have a really small gathering with truly amazing flowers cake and dress- in a pretty outdoor venue. And then go for a great honeymoon. 

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