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For those of you doing an AHR DIY style... I am working on my guestlist. (Wow, more than I thought) and I am trying to guess an aproximate "per guest" cost. How should I go about beginning to guess this amount? I want to work on my budget and this is impossible without the per guest cost. I have not decided between a dessert only reception or cocktail reception. Either way, it will be DIY. I know this question may be difficult but any suggestions would be appreciated...Just not sure how to get started.

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I am not sure you can do this with out first figuring out all your costs. Catering, Hall rental and other things of that nature. Then you can divide that up and see if having less guests makes a difference.

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I am just trying to figure out how much my food is going to cost me. I have an AHR buget and wanna see how much I should estimate for food. Once I get a "formula" of some sort, I can work on changing the guest list and/or food served.

 

I am not sure if my question is an answerable one...just wanted to send out the question...maybe I just need to make a definate menu first and go from there.

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I think you need to start with an approximate budget of what you want to spend.. then get pricing on different food/drink options.. then you'll know if you have to either cut the guestlist or the food budget.. You could do heavy horsdevours instead of dinner or change the time of your party to just have snacks and a signature cocktail or two.

 

If you're thinking about favors, you might figure on $3-6/per person.. you should be able to either make or find something that you love based on that number. You could always do something to mimic what you did for your actual wedding guests, ie we did custom koozies for our OOT Bags.. you could give those to everyone at the AHR or something native to Jamaica.

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I am having the same issue. But for me I have to be under 100 people which is very very hard for me. I had to go through my list and somewhat over guess on the cost of everything. Im pretty much revolving everything around the max amounts of guests that will be there because it will be the worst case sinerio. Sorry this advice suck haha! Another thing I am doing is putting my invites out a little early because I need to know ahead of time how many people to expect.

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