This morning we shared Part 1 of 3 in today’s series on wedding inspiration based on the number of wedding guests. A collaborative effort from seasoned Texas wedding vendors, the aim of this styled shoot was to showcase how a wedding with the same budget, same vendors and same moodboard can change visually + experientially based solely on the guest count. Now, we’re stepping into the 2nd look – a wedding with a guest count of 175. You’ll start to notice a rise in intricate details and flower volume pretty early on, but read on for more insight into what exactly was affected just by decreasing the guest count by 75 people.

garden wedding place setting with lush floral centerpiece

ruffled wedding dress with lush pastel bridal bouquet

From the photographer and stylist, Josh & Dana Fernandez: A set of budget items, that had the same exact items and cost, but the total pricing changed due to a smaller guest and bridal party count are below. For frame of reference, the bridal party sizes were as follows: 250 guest count had 12 bridesmaids and 12 groomsmen, 175 guest count had 8 bridesmaids and 8 groomsmen, and the 100 guest count had 4 bridesmaids and 4 groomsmen:

1. Groomsmen Boutonnieres
2. Bridesmaids Bouquets
3. Makeup and Hair
4. Attendant Gifts
5. Favors
6. Sparklers

illustrated wedding invitation suite with watercolor sketch and calligraphy

lush pastel garden bridal bouquet

garden wedding ceremony with gold chivari chairs

The budget items that changed due to having more budget because of decreased bridal party size and guest count were:

1 | Planning and Design level of service
As the guest count decreased the level of planning went up as it was assumed that the client would need more help and planning with a larger design budget.

2 | Cake
Buttercup Bakery specializes in sugar flowers, but understands that it isn’t always an option for all budgets. So for the 250 guest count, only real flowers were used but as the guest count went down, more sugar flowers were added in.

soft bridal half up half down hairstyle

illustrated wedding invitation suite with watercolor sketch and calligraphy

3 | Florals
Going from 250 to 100 guests, more floral budget, resulting in not only more flowers overall, but also more premium blooms were used such as peonies and garden rose.

4 | Gown
The gowns increased in price as the guest count went down, starting with a gown that was under $1,000 going up to $6,000.

ruffled wedding dress with lush pastel bridal bouquet

garden wedding place setting with lush floral centerpiece

5 | Chairs
Beginning with the 250 guest count, standard folding chairs were used. We made sure to keep the same wood tone so as to visually show the change in chairs. The 175 guest count used the popular option of chivari, and you’ll see the chair upgrade for the 100 guest count wedding later today!

6 | Linens
While the colors of the linens changed slighting from each guest count, they were all still referred to as grey in the swatches. The less the guest count, the truer the gray and thicker the fabric with a beautiful texture.

garden wedding ceremony floral decor

ruffled wedding dress with lush pastel bridal bouquet

7 | Invitations and paper goods
The baseline that we used for paper (and also the 250 guest count) included Save The Dates, postage, a two-piece invitation suite (invite and RSVP), printed addresses, and table numbers. Then for the 175 guest count, another piece was added to the invites, calligraphy for the addresses, and a program.

8 | Tabletop items
With the 250 guest count, the only item that we had budgeted as a rental was the napkins. Everything else was standard catering plates, flatware, glassware, and glasses. When we went down to the 175 guest count, chargers were added as well as upgraded glasses.

outdoor garden wedding reception with classic chivari chairs

lush pastel garden bridal bouquet

Wow. Crazy how much of a difference 75 fewer guests makes for all these categories. Once you determine your top 3 priorities, it becomes a little bit easier to make those adjustments in the invitation list. More on how to do that and what to consider here!

ruffled wedding dress with lush pastel bridal bouquet

Side note: Isn’t this ruffled bridal gown from Sachin and Babi just divine? Snatched up at Unbridaled in Houston!

soft blue wedding cake with sugar flowers

garden wedding place setting with lush floral centerpiece

ruffled wedding dress with lush pastel bridal bouquet

Stay tuned for the grand reveal of a 100 guest count wedding with this same budget and moodboard later today!

soft blue wedding cake with sugar flowers

Styled Shoot Vendors:
Concept + Photography + Styling: Josh & Dana Fernandez
Planning + Design: Mallory Jackson Ferreira with Two Be Wed
Floral Design: Flower Vibes
Venue: River Oaks Garden Club
Cake: Buttercup Bakery
Makeup and Hair: Hey Lovely Makeup
Gown Designer (100 Guest Count Gown): Pronovias
Gown Boutique (100 Guest Count Gown): Mia Bridal Couture
Veil Designer: Toni Federici via Mia Bridal Couture
Gown Designer (250 Guest Count Gown): Willowby by Watters
Gown Designer (175 Guest Count Gown): Sachin and Babi
Gown Boutique (250 & 175 Guest Count Gowns): Unbridaled
Invitations + Menu + Place Cards + Escort Cards + Table Number + Painted Escort Card Backdrop: Half Moon Lettering
Plates + Louis Side Chairs + Hemstitch Napkins + Table Linens + Flatware + Glassware: Aztec Events & Tents
Table + Lounge Furniture + Armless Linen Chairs + Chivari Chairs + Folding Chairs: Swift + Company
Model: Taylor Morrison

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