Cheap bride alert!

posted 3 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
5460 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

Did your guests have a comfortable place to put their butts?  Did they have food and water?  If so, then I think you’re ok.

Did you have a 5 hour gap in the middle of the day in 100 degree weather with no bathrooms and no entertainment for your guests while you were off getting photos?  If so, then you might catch some flack for it.

Post # 5
477 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

Hi, fellow Coloradan!  I enjoy Noodles & Co. and I think it’s cool you’re serving their food.

Anyway, have the wedding you can afford.  Include only what’s important to you.  If that means cutting out certain things, then that’s what you do. 

Guests aren’t going to be annoyed by the lack of “alcohol, decorations, band, fancy place settings or cute little party favors.”  For them, it’s about comfort, convenience, their love for you, and how MEANINGFUL it is for you as a couple to bring them into your world for the day.  Whenever I’ve been a guest, the only thing that would ever bother me was if the couple missed personally acknowledging me at the wedding.  I don’t mind even if it was just, “Hi, thanks for coming!”

If you’re having fun, they will too.  I have found that it’s almost always the bride who sets the mood, not the trinkets or the booze.

Post # 6
1925 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

Sure! I think it’s fine, as long as you aren’t requesting everyone show up in tuxes and gowns. If you are enjoying yourself everyone else will. And don’t call attention to how expensive / inexpensive everything is while your guests are there.

Post # 7
11772 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2013

I think it’s way more important to have everyone you love there over having a “fancy” wedding with a band and booze! I think your wedding sounds awesome!

Post # 8
1102 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

@Benni:  maybe do an favor ppl can eat like a homebaked cookie in a lil bag with a sweet lil love qoute on it …. 


also i find ribbon wands nice touch and nto to much buy some ribbon and make those they be fu nand do great photo opts add a lil persoan l touch to the wedding and shouldnt coast too much to do just a few ideas 

Post # 9
94 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: January 2014

Wow! I am in awe that your food is $3/head… In Australia that would simply be impossible. Also I am so curious (excuse me) but how on earth did you manage to hire a hall and pay a celebrant/minister, buy cakes and drinks and pay for decorations for $900? 

Post # 10
209 posts
Helper bee

I took a quick look through the menu and I wish I could go to your wedding.

Good, filling food and a comfortable seat is really all most people want; other than to congratulate you!

Post # 11
929 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

people will be fine… I can’t tell you where most of the wedding favors I got are at.. the only one I still have is my sisters and that is because it was a bottle stopper which I need, drink lots of wine… LOL


don’t worry about it, I say congrats that you stuck to your budget, at the end of the day if people would critisize then they shouldnt be invited….

Post # 12
329 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2013


I think that $900 in the U.S goes a long way compared to here in Aus. 

And ugh, even my wedding where all we had was sandwiches and quiches and salad (friends and family made all of the cakes and sweets) it cost us $1000 for only 50 people.

Post # 13
8847 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013 - Rocky Mountains USA

If your friends and family drink, can you warn them it’ll be a dry wedding? I’d be annoyed if I didn’t know ahead of time, because to me, weddings are a big celebration and that goes hand in hand with a couple drinks. However, you know your guests. 

Besides that, i’m sure it will will be lovely! The wedding is what makes the wedding. 

Post # 15
2454 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

If you are having a Noodles and Co wedding, I may have to crash it as long as you’re having mac and cheese. YUMMMMMMY. 

Post # 16
21 posts

I am actually impressed you are feeding 300 people for $900.  I hope you have enough food!

Alcohol is not a requirement at a wedding.  Neither are favors.

To host your guests properly, you need to make sure they have a comfortable place to sit down, something to eat (a meal if it is a mealtime, cake/punch if it’s not) and drink (non-alcoholic beverages are fine) and that’s basically it.  The rest is fluff.

I’ll echo the PP who said they would want to know it was a dry wedding – but it’s not required that you tell people.

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