Budget Weddings in a Metro Area??

posted 3 years ago in Money
Post # 3
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

I’m in Atlanta, GA and we are at $130/person (based on 80) right now.  We only have beer and wine though.  The only number that is outstanding to me is the bar – but that depends on what shelf you picked, how many bartenders, and setups.  Our menu selection is running about $32 a person (all courses), so that’s another difference.  But all in all, I think your total seems reasonable for a metro area.  We did a lot of negotiating to get prices down (i.e. free second bar setup, alcohol discount, food discount, Sunday discount).  If you think you are high, see if they’ll work with you.  That’s what my dad did with ours, he frankly said this is our budget, we’d like this this and this.  And they accomodated.

Post # 5
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Newbee
  • Wedding: September 2013

When I first started planning, I stayed away from ANYTHING in hotels because I thought it would mean big boring banquet halls I would have to decorate, or really expensive ritzy places. I found a beautiful restaurant attached to a reasonable hotel that had character and the best part was that there was no rental fee, as the hotel’s strategy I’m sure is to get rooms booked and make more money that way. I don’t know if you’ve looked at this kind of option, but most hotels list on the web site the restaurant/event areas that are attached to the hotel as well as prices. 

Post # 7
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

I live in St. Louis, MO (so medium-large city) and our reception total (including tables, serveware, plates, utensils, glasses, tax, food, bar, glasses, servie, gratuity, space rental, and linens, not including centerpieces/DJ) is about $5500 for about 150 people.

 

Post # 9
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

@MsGinkgo:  a HUGE part of it is dumb luck. We’re using a microbrewery’s resturant (Schlafly, if you’d like to google), and until recently they didn’t really give their events side a huge amount of thought. They had a room available for rent, and a catering menu, but it was an afterthought. The prices that we booked at hadn’t been updated since 2006. They literally updated their prices the day after we booked (thank gawd). Similar venues/menus are easily triple what we’re paying.

Anyway, our reception breakdown is as follows:

Room Fee (includes early access for setup/tables/chairs/rentals/staff – private floor/bathrooms/balcony) – $600

Bar (10 microbrews, well liquors, 6 local wines): 4 hours @ $16/pp

Food (I’ll save the long description, but we’re doing an hor d’eouvres reception which actually is costing us more PP than a traditional meal): approximately $15/pp 

Service Charge/tax: 18% of food and bar

So, at 150 guests, that’s a total of $5487. Well I guess if you add our room fee in that pops us over $6k, but I forget about that $600 because we paid it so long ago.

Like I said, dumb luck, because we got stupid good deals. Our bar package alone in the updated prices is $24/pp!

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