(Closed) HELP! Low Budget Minnesota BRIDE

posted 6 years ago in Minneapolis-Saint Paul
Post # 4
1849 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

Minnesota Bride here ๐Ÿ™‚ We’re in Eden Prairie (fairly near Maple Grove)

Our budget was also supposed to be $5000, but creeping up on 7k now… We’re planning for about 80 people. How many do you think you’ll have?

For my reception, I considered our crowd and decided that food quality and service were more important than DJ/large dance floor. Because of this, we’re renting a 100-person-capacity private room in a restaurant for the reception. It eliminates the rental fee for just the venue, all the fees for extra servers/bartenders, the menu we get for $30 per person is unbelievable (much better value than caterers), and even if I fail to decorate in any way, the space will still be fairly well done-up. I recommend it highly! They would also let us have music, and if few enough people attend, there would be space for a dance floor. I couldn’t be happier. For the ceremony we’re renting a near-by outdoor park space for $275 and adding chairs. This all together with open bar will cost us about $4500, so you can see why anything more expensive than a restaurant reception is not an option within the budget. Many small things will bring it up to about 7k by the time everything is done. Hopefully this helps! 

ETA: I should have said that anything more expensive than a restaurant reception would be out of our budget if we wanted the same food and service. If you’re looking to cut back a little on food/drink/service, a more expensive venue may certainly work for you! To each her own ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 5
2 posts
  • Wedding: May 2013



Check out the Mermaid in Mounds View… For our food and ceremony it was around $5000.00.  Carol was a big help explaining everything in detail.. I would check it out.

Post # 6
41 posts
  • Wedding: September 2013

I am using The Mermaid in Mounds View too! Carol is so amazing and Natalia has been great too!

Post # 7
4 posts
  • Wedding: June 2010


 I am a married Minnesota bride in 2010, try This Little Piggys Catering, they are great and people still tell us how good our food was ๐Ÿ™‚

I planned our wedding in 6 months for 6,000 for about 200 people.

Also helped my friend plan an outdoor wedding in three months for about a thousand we hit up the minneapolis famers market for flowers which I arranged , I was also the photographer:) you  can see some pics of the flowers on my website .




Post # 8
550 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2014

@Mel_1219:  I will be having my reception at the Mermaid!! THey have some great deals and great choices!!

Post # 9
550 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2014

@danimarie88:  Woo hoo for Mermaid reception brides ๐Ÿ™‚ Me too!

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