Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Budget Tip Two | Watch the Guest List

The second point we talked about on WZZM last Saturday was limiting your guest count. It's crazy how quickly a table of ten will add up. Kate and I broke down the cost per table for an average client and found a table of ten guests can cost upwards of $600+ per table....

  • Food for ten - $318; based on a $25 per person dinner with 20% gratuity and 6% Michigan sales tax, which is automatically added on to the final bill.
  • Drinks for ten - $115; based on $9 per person with 20% gratuity and 6% Michigan sales tax, which is automatically added on to the final bill.
  • Paper products for ten - $75; based on invitations, thank you notes and save the dates for five couples plus postage, escort cards, menus, and ceremony programs
  • Linens - $40; based on renting a basic $30 table linen and $1 napkins
  • Centerpiece - $50; the average cost per centerpiece for their table - fresh flowers and candles
  • Favors for ten - $25; if you can keep each favor under $2 with tax
  • TOTAL = $623 for ten guests

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