Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin and first lady Joanne are planning a gala celebration to mark the governor's second inauguration.
While the black-tie-optional party on Monday evening is set to be grand, the cost will be far less than those of Tomblin's predecessor.
While official fundraising and spending figures will not be filed with the Secretary of State's office until after the final bills are paid, initial estimates put the fundraising tab for the governor's second inaugural at about $400,000.
By comparison, former Gov. Joe Manchin's last set of inaugural activities in 2009 cost just over $800,000. Manchin's 2005 inauguration racked up a similar tab.
While this is Tomblin's second inaugural, it's his first to take place in January. When he won the 2011 special gubernatorial election, Tomblin was sworn in during a scaled-down November inaugural.
Spokeswoman Amy Shuler Goodwin said the smaller price tag this year is more reflective of the Tomblins' style.
"The governor and first lady really wanted to make it about keeping things doable, affordable and convenient to folks," Goodwin said.
While the Manchins preferred to pack the Charleston Civic Center for their inaugural galas - which had an invitation list that was 20,000 strong - the Tomblins are opting for a more intimate affair.
Rather than use the Civic Center, the Tomblins decided to move their inaugural ball across town to the Clay Center, which the State Fire Marshal restricts to a maximum 2,096 persons.
While it will hold fewer people, Goodwin said the Tomblins felt the Clay Center served as a showcase of everything the state has to offer.
"They love the idea of having it at the Clay Center because it is such a jewel piece of Charleston and of the state," she said. "When you enter it, you just feel good."
The Tomblins sent out about 1,500 invitations for Monday night's inaugural ball, which begins at 7 p.m.
Goodwin said the invitations went to all members of the state's Board of Public Works - which includes the secretary of state, attorney general, agriculture commissioner, superintendent of schools and state auditor - members of the Legislature, state Supreme Court justices and a host of state and local officials.
The inauguration committee set aside about 500 tickets for the general public. Those are available for $75 each and can be purchased by calling the Clay Center box office.
Goodwin said as of Thursday about 400 people had called to purchase tickets.