We get asked often about wedding costs in the Dallas, Texas area as wedding planners. How much does an average wedding cost? What should my wedding budget be? Am I spending the right amount on my wedding? All of these are great questions! There is no easy answer when it comes to your wedding budget.
The fact of the matter is that the cost of a wedding is totally based on what you want and what your priorities are. There’s a great deal of difference between the way a $25,000 wedding for 250 guests looks versus a wedding for 50 guests at the same budget. To help illustrate this point, we put together three sample reception tables with full wedding budget for each attached, so that you can get a sense of expected prices!
Our inspiration was the blue and white ware vessels (as shown on the Luxury Table) for the look and feel of the shoot. We wanted to explore how one color palette could be used to express several different styles. So we used the blue and white elements with a pop of clementine orange to brighten things up. This was accompanied by gorgeous floral courtesy of Coco Fleur Event Design. It was shot by the incomparable Absolute Photography and set in the lovely ceremony space at The Ranch at The Springs in Denton. We love the fresh, summery feel of all three tables!
**Please note – these are suggested budgets only. No couple ever has exactly the same wedding budget, because no budget reflects the same priorities!**
The Standard Level – $30,000 for 150 guests
Placesetting and Table Details
This table represents what we often hear as the ‘average’ wedding budget. Some couples are surprised when we start digging into costs that some things considered ‘basic’ are out of budget. This element will change from couple to couple, but often this is china, flatware, and glasses. We want to show you that you can still have a pretty table with faux flatware! What you see here is the silver plasticware. We splurged on a real napkin, to keep things looking more finished.
Centerpieces in the Standard range tend to be a mix of low, lush pieces as shown here. Other lower cost options are a candlescape, lantern, or candelabra. We also reuse pieces from the ceremony fairly frequently – bridesmaids’ bouquets, chair floral, or even your ceremony arch floral can be placed within your reception to keep costs under control.
You can get a sense of how you might apportion your costs as we look at the full wedding budget. There are definitely places to give and take here – it all depends on matters most to you and your partner! For example, maybe floral is more important to you than having an open bar and an elegant meal. You could possibly save some money by doing beer and wine only and going with a more casual type of food. Thus you can allocate that extra money to increase your floral budget. We’ve got lots of great information on budgeting – check out this article HERE!
We’ve got two more tables to check out so stay tuned! If you’re already feeling overwhelmed, click HERE to contact us about helping out with your budgeting!
photography: Absolute Photography // florals: Coco Fleur Event Design design & planning: Brooke Millis, Each & Every Detail // linens: BBJ Linen // paper: Brittany Gilbert Design rentals (luxury table): Marquee Event Rentals // rentals (premium table): Pretty Little Plates venue: The Ranch at The Springs in Denton