I wanted to give you an idea of how you can use your money to put on a very elegant event at any budget. In each budget, I have budgeted for 150 guests. As you know, each couple has their priorities, which you can account for in your own budgets. To give you a guide, generally, the reception portion will take up about 50% of your budget. I include food, table chairs, service, site fees, tent, etc. As you can see, you can plan a very nice wedding on a 5K budget, but you have to be realistic with what you will get. Sample budgets are below. Click on them to make them larger.