So now, you know! Weddings cost money, a little bag, but you and boo can manage it! You have accessed your financial situation, advised all other financial stakeholders and then here comes the real task, creating a guest list! An average wedding guest cost in the Tri-state (CT, NYC, NJ) is $60,000 and with an average guest count of 150 people. That breaks down to $400 each guest.
Generally, your guest count directly affects the amount of money that you will need to invest in the wedding of your dreams. Do you want to sacrifice the vision, NOPE or the vibe, NOPE..so we need to take a good look at how many people you can host.
Now listen, some of the fixed costs of having a wedding do not change. Your dress, your makeup, or even your band won’t be influx because you’ve cut out 25 people. However, the average wedding guest cost at the venue (or catering cost), stationery costs, your floral budget (possibly) and even your rentals budget can change by scaling back a bit on the invites. There are some areas where you can cut back and then there are some that you just cannot touch, ok!
So examine and re-examine the list with your fiancé, your family and then again with yourself. If you can’t imagine cutting your third cousin that you haven’t seen since 1996 out, then you may simply need to come up with some additional funds!
Either way, you will make the right decision for your relationship and your big day!
Side note: The rule of wedding attrition is always in play. Pre pandemic a couple could count on 15% of their guest declining their invitation request. So plan your savings here as well.’