A rule of thumb is that the reception will account for 50% of your wedding costs and one of the most common techniques for reducing your wedding bill is to reduce the number of guests attending your joyous day. However, cutting guests may not save as much as you think and here’s why.
A reception hall will have a number of fixed costs such as the rental costs of the location, the catering staff, lights, etc; that the hall likely accounted for whenever they quoted the price per guest. So, when you go back and inform them that the number of guests will be pared down, they may come back and inform you that the cost per guest will increase.
So, be prepared not to save as much money as you thought if you decide to go the route of reducing the number of guests you invite.