Is it possible to have a nice formal wedding and a casual reception for under $5,000. Or do I up the budget to$10,000?
It all depends what your wants and needs are and how many guests you're inviting. Of course anyone can have a wedding for $5,000, but don't expect to have everything when you're inviting 100 guests to your wedding at $50. In most cities you couldn't have a dinner for 2 for $100, including tax, gratuity, drinks. Be realistic when you start planning your wedding.
Often we get to hear as wedding planners, that "we can't afford a wedding planner". How do you know you can't afford a wedding planner. Wedding planners know the "ins", where to "bargain" shop, get the best deals, find "hidden" venues and more. They also have a more of a negotiating power as they work with the vendors on a regular basis. As a bride to be, you're in general being considered a "one time only" client. You might recommend the vendor but you wouldn't necessary use the services of the vendor anytime soon. Hopefully.
The way we normally work is we start with a wish list of everything the couple would like to have for their wedding. Separately we start a guest list, divided into three segments.
1) All the guests we would want to send an invitation to.
2) All the guests who would most likely say "yes" to come to the wedding
3) All the guests we really would like to have at the wedding
This will help you to get your head around on how many guests you really want, how many guests you really want to invite and how large/small your budget is going to be.
Having planned many weddings, including my own, budgets can run a wide range. My own wedding was a destination wedding in a foreign country. 70 guests came to the wedding. We took care of everyone's needs the day of the wedding plus a separate party the day before the wedding. Our budget was $1,000 per person and was well worth the money spend. All of us are still talking about it and we're currently considering a "reunion" at our 10 year anniversary - coming up in 4 years.
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