Before you lock in your budget, learn the proven and expert-approved ways to save HUNDREDS from your budget-GUARANTEED!
#1 Your Guests WILL Cost You
If you recall that in our post, Sound Like A Pro: Wedding Terms You Need To Know, we learned that almost 50% of your budget will go towards reception related expenses such as food, the bar and your venue! The #1 factor that will most contribute to exceeding your reception budget is based on the amount of guests that you have on your big For guaranteed savings, cutting or keeping your guest count under control is the best way to keep your budget in check!
The average cost to host a single guest for your wedding can start as low as $50 for a simplistic wedding all the way up to $400 and up for a luxury wedding! This includes details such as catering, seating, invitations, wedding favors and even decor. The average per guest cost will vary based on factors such as the city, venue space and formality of the day. The more guests, the more you will invest in guest related details.
HOW TO AVOID EXCEEDING:
Avoid the risk of inviting guests until you are certain that you absolutely financially can afford to. For a simple estimate to check how much your guests will cost you, start by calculating the venue cost per guest by your estimated guest count number. For instance, if your venue fee is $60 per guest and you estimate inviting 150 guests, expect to spend an average of $9,000 on just your venue space. This doesn’t include additional guest related needs such as invitations and favors. While researching venues, consider the cost per guest and your guest count to ensure that you can afford each and every guest before sending out an invitation.
#2 Your Location Will Cost You
Ever wonder why a bride with a relatively similar wedding in a different city spent considerably more or less on her day?
The answer is simple, the location of your day can literally cost you! The cost of weddings varies by state, cities and even counties. Cities just miles apart can vary in the cost to host a wedding, making it incredibly important to research the average cost to wed in cities near you.
HOW TO AVOID EXCEEDING:
Remain open to traveling to neighboring cities and even states to potentially save big! Expect higher costs close to major cities opposed to locations outside of the city. Be sure to call around to estimate costs in various cities for potential savings. Compare the cost of taxes in various cities for savings!
During the planning journey, every decision that you make can ultimately cost you! Walk with us through over 100 steps from just engaged to walking down the aisle to learn secrets you can’t afford to miss! Click the image below to get your hands on our e-book, Getting Started: The Ultimate Wedding Timeline Guide!