(Closed) What was your budget and how big was your guest list?

posted 6 years ago in Money
Post # 46
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2014 - The Heathman Lodge (Vancouver)

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BWLE:  We are looking at 150 people, and the budget is $14,000, counting wedding bands but not the counting the e-ring or my dress…. or the honeymoon (gifted)

It’s doable, but it depends on where you live.

 

Also, a male coworker and I were talking (he’s getting married in August) about our # vs the parents’ number. I don’t know who is footing the bill for his wedding, but his mom added about 40 people to the list.

 

In my case, the Fiance and I are paying. My fanily hasn’t really pulled the “ooooh, you have to invite so-and-so” line, but my Future Mother-In-Law is pulling people out of the woodwork “you have to invite _____ he is my dentist and we were invited to his childs wedding, and their college grauation”. A dentist? I’ve never even met the man, or his wife and kids, who she also wants us to invite.

 

Oh well, the Future In-Laws are sending us to Jamaica for a week, I guess I should suck it up.

Post # 47
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2015

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k8:  glad to hear you loved it! It’s def a whole nother ball game logistically but it’s the dream! Wouldn’t do it any other way.

Post # 48
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

We had a guest list of 150 people and ended up spending about $12,000 when it was all said and done.

Post # 49
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

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carolinabelle:  we are aiming for $13kish for around 85 people. But that includes a lot of lodging for family since we are getting married four hours from home. 

If you take lodging out we would be around $11k. 

Post # 50
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2014

We have around 120 on our guest list and are budgeting for 110. Budget was originally 10,000 but has grown to 12,000 (not including ering or honeymoon). We’ll see how it is in the end lol.

Post # 51
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

well, I had a very nice wedding on a pretty small budget but for where I live, that was a comparable budget for most weddings, although I got a lot for my money.

I invited almost 200 guests, with the hopes of not going over my original 150 guest count.  That was what I budgeted for anyway.  I eneded up with around 133 or so guests, which was awesome. I spent just over $4000… my budget was $5000.  

I got a sweet deal on my catering, which was awesome.  And I found a beautiful event space that was just $3 per person.  I was able to get everything I wanted in my budget and not have to sacrifice much at all.

Post # 52
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Busy bee

Our budget is about 5k, not counting rings or honeymoon. We’re expecting between 70-80 guests.

Post # 53
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013 - Rocky Mountains USA

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carolinabelle:  it’s doable potentially! We invited 200, 165 came, and we spent $17,000. That includes hosting almost everyone for a welcome BBQ and morning-after bagel brunch, as well.

However, our reception catering was quite affordable (~$25 pp including the cake), we were able to bring in our own alcohol, and we did DIY cocktail hour food, welcome BBQ, and bagel brunch. I would just start getting quotes fr caterers so you have an idea of what it costs in your are.

Are your ILs paying? If not, you should definitely limit their guest list numbers. Even if so, I think your Mother-In-Law should understand that your friends >>> people she doesn’t talk to…

 

Post # 54
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Helper bee

My guest list started at 125 and now it’s up to 160. My total budget is 30k but I happen to live in a veryyyy expensive area where everything, even wedding services, is at a premium. I think you have to consided where you live/plan on getting married.  A friends recent wedding was about the same size as me, I think 130 was her final count, and she didn’t spend more than 12k for a very lovely day. Her wedding was also way further into a more rural area than mine.  

Post # 55
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Wannabee

I would go over the guest list she gave yoy. Do you two really know these people? Would something feel missing if they weren’t there? Did you go to their wedding? Do you see them at least once a year? If you answered o to all of these, then they can get cut. Plan and simple. 

Post # 56
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2016

160 people at $16,000?! Holy moly. Im looking at 150 at $8,000. Sounds doable to me!

Post # 57
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2015

Some of these budgets are wowza! What I wouldn’t give for a $50K wedding. Obviously it depends on where you live, but we are doing our wedding for right around $10K. We are renting a B&B mansion for the weekend at 1500 (I think it’s a deal, the owner is a friend of my moms), my dress was 1000, food is going to be right around 3500, alcohol prob 1000? Not big drinkers. Photography is 2000. That leaves an extra 2 grand for odds and ends. We don’t have a lot to decorate because the mansion is beautiful. We are doing the ceremony and reception there, and the guest list is about 100 people. I got my invitations for $40 (a total steal!) from the bargain barn, which is a huge discount pole barn in our area and everything has something wrong with it. The invitations had the wrong ribbon color, so I went to Walmart and bought $2 worth of ribbon to fix it. Problem solved. My mom owns a salon, so spa day and hair is covered. We are going to the Smoky Mountains for our honeymoon which is not included, but that will be on the cheap too. We will splurge on the zip line, otherwise our cottage will have a kitchen so we don’t have to eat out every meal. Peace, serenity, and lots of privacy, here we come!

Post # 58
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2025

We’re having our wedding in the city, and it looks like we’ll be spending approx 65K for 230 people (excludes rings, rehearsal dinner, and honeymoon). We both have large families, and we are not inviting +1s unless we know them both personally. 

Post # 59
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2015

Our budget is $16,500 and we have 60 people on our guest list. We’re paying $4200 for catering. I think we’ll come in under budget when it’s all done. Our big splurges are the food, alcohol and photography.

Post # 60
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2015 - St Peter\'s Church, East Maitland, and Bella Vista, Newcastle

Budget of $15k, guest list of about 80.  Venue is $85 per person which includes 3 course meal, unlimited beer, wine and soft drink, tea and coffee and cake cutting/plating, plus 5 hours venue hire. Church is costing us another $1000, inclauding officiant, flowers, organist and marriage license.  We should come in under I think – a friend runs a side business as a cake baker and is doing it for $350, another friend is a graphic designer so I need to hit her up about designing invitations, and my Future Mother-In-Law knows a guy who owns a print shop and did a great price on SIL’s invitations.  I got my dress on sale for $500 which I was very happy with!

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