(Closed) nice reception dinner on a small budget

posted 8 years ago in Money
Post # 3
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

Have you looked into restaurants in your area? Many have private rooms and this is the route we’re going. We’re expecting about 65-70 guests and will end up paying about $45-$60/person.

Post # 4
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

I agree with OttawaBride, using a restaurant with a large meeting room or even a hotel and that way they will take care of all the dishes and utensils. My friend had her wedding at a great little bistro type place that had a back patio area and a room upstairs that they used to feed everyone and all the drinking and dancing was done in the back patio plus she saved huge on the decorations  because the patio/garden area had trees and little tables so there wasnt much to decorate.

Post # 5
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2015

Yeah, I agree with other posters. Restaurants can be a GREAT option! There are all kinds and many will work with you to come up with a menu… and a lot of decor isn’t necessary, renting tables, chairs and dishes is out and sometimes servers come as part of the deal! Good luck! I really think you can do it on your budget!

Post # 6
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Bumble bee

I would definitely go for the restaurant idea. But on another note, if I understand correctly, you’re going to secretly hire a professional photographer, videographer, and DJ and lie to your fiance that they are family friends? I would really rethink starting your life together by planning a wedding based on lies. You need to both figure out what your priorities are and how much you BOTH are willing to spend. I understand where you’re coming from, because my FI also wanted to have a family member photograph the wedding and really didn’t understand why we need a pro. And it took a lot of patience and several long conversations to convince him, but that’s what planning a wedding is about. It’s not “I need this so I will pay for it,” but rather what WE need and what WE are willing to pay for. 

It sounds like you want to have a big full-on wedding with all the bells and whistles on a $8,000 budget. You really can’t do this. Our budget is more than twice yours and even we aren’t having a videographer, professional flowers, etc. You need to choose a couple of priorities and save everywhere else. 

Post # 7
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

Agree with GirlwithaRing….you’re getting a part-time job to pay for some parts of the wedding, and then lying to your FI about how much it cost?  That does NOT sound like a good idea at ALL.

I didn’t see this in your post, but how many people are on the guest list?  This will impact how much you can spend per person.

Post # 8
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

Wow I didn’t see the part about lying to your FI originally. That is really not a good idea. You need to discuss the budget with him and find out what’s important to both of you, not just you. Starting a marriage off with lies is not a good plan!

Post # 9
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

Coming from someone who did the reception at a restaurant I definitely recommend it.  Our particular italian restaurant reserved an entire 2nd floor for us and they didn’t charge us for the room, just the food and drinks.  It’s almost as if you were just going out to dinner with A LOT of people.

Look into it if you can. 

Post # 11
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Bumble bee

So you can’t tell FI that your parents are paying for the wedding because it’s “strange”? I know that different cultures approach weddings differently, but anyone should be able to sit down with her FI and talk to him about these things? 

As I said before, my FI also thought his relatives could just do photos and video for free, and we kept talking about it until we resolved it. How does a couple who isn’t comfortable discussing and compromising on issues like wedding photography and music even consider getting married? 

Maybe I’m just missing something – is anyone else really confused by this thread?

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