Post # 1
I know the reception is supposed to be a significant chunk of your budget, but we’re just about to book and now I’m getting worried…
We have a very small budget – we’re hoping to put on the whole wedding for $5000 (50 guests).
The venue we’re looking at will cost $525 to rent for the day. This includes tables/chairs. Then, we’re going to try our hardest to keep the food/booze budget to $2000, including taxes & tips (but maybe not including the cake, which will probably be from Costco/grocery store). This comes out to $40pp, which I hope we can do.. our wedding is out of town so we can’t really make much ourselves, and I’ve had no luck finding a caterer who will let you buy your own booze.
So that would bring us to $2525 for venue rental, food, and booze. I’m worried about doing everything else – photography, attire, flowers etc. – on only $2500.
I know it’s “normal” to spend about half your budget on the venues and food – but is that doable on this small of a budget?
What do you think? Now that we’re getting serious about booking, I’m scared!
Post # 3
Have you looked at and priced everything else to see what kind of numbers you’re looking at there? That should help ease or change your mind, depending. I think you’ll be fine, though.
Post # 4
Our reception is the majority of our budget, with photography being just under that, just to give you an idea. Our budget is just under $12k though. I think you could still do a lot of things yourself (invites, hair and make-up, favors, etc). I imagine flowers will be a sizeable part as well (I’m doing my flowers DIY), but you could save money by doing flowers in season. Maybe some other brides with similar budgets can tell you where they spent the bulk of their money. No matter what, if you’ve got the right guy, friends and family, your wedding will be perfect. Best of luck and happy planning!
Post # 5
@housebee: Same thing here… reception is really like 75% since the venue is inclusive with the ceremony and our other costs are pretty much just photography, clothes, invites, and misc. decor items. (We don’t even have an officiant, DJ, or flowers! Haha)
Post # 6
- Wedding: June 2014 - Italiano's Humble
We’re working with $3500, but We’re skipping the venue since were using a friends large one acre backyard. We’re also having about 60, so I’m seeing your stuff is about even with mine. Do as much DIY as you can and I think you’ll be just fine!