Post # 1
I was just engaged in April and began venue shopping while my Mom was on an African Safari for a month. My FH and I did our best choosing venues and ended up putting a $3K deposit down on our dream venue. Once my mom returned from the trip, my parents and my FH parents sat down and were happy with our choice (as they will be paying for most of it). After taking closer look I am starting to realize that this venue is out of our budget. For example soda is not included in any of the bar packages and is $6 per guest every hour…aka… $1,200 for every hour of the reception that we want to offer soft drinks. I know both of our parents were aware of the available packages but it doesnt seem any bit logical to ask someone to pay $6K to have diet coke at my wedding. I just don’t know what to do…cut guest list? Change venue? Start playing the lotto? Where else can I cut major costs?
Post # 3
Is it too late to back out of the venue? I did a lot of research before choosing mine and was super close to picking one until I realized the drink costs. If you can’t then cutting the guest list is really the best bet.
Post # 4
You could also cut the soda. I know it sounds terrible, but I have been to many a wedding that didn’t have soda, and hardly anyone noticed! In fact, most weddings I have been to serve water and ice tea, as opposed to soda. Just a thought.
Post # 5
Those drink costs can be crazy! I remember finding a few venues that looked great price-wise, until we found out they wanted $5 an hour for soda! Ridiculous! If your parents seem fine with it and you LOVE the venue and don’t want to switch, then maybe just try not to worry about it? You could always cut your guest list or change your venue. I know our venue doesn’t charge for soda and there drinks are very reasonable, which was a HUGE advantage they had when we were picking a venue.
Post # 6
are you sure youre reading the menu correctly? when i was estimating costs at my venue, i found out i was reading the pricing structure wrong.
call the catering manager and go over options before deciding to eat the $3k. $6 per person per hour JUST for soft drinks seems unreasonable. All beverages were included in our bar package (water, soda, juice, beer, wine, liquor). Maybe its just $6 if you elect not to go with a bar package.
Post # 7
If we backed out we would loose the deposit ( and have a broken heat ) hehe. I wish I had more guidence when chosing the venue and looking at all of the expneses. Im starting to realize there are a lot of unexpected costs when planning a wedding. I think not having soda wouldnt be the worst thing. Do you?
Post # 8
I agree that you should talk to your caterer. I’m not sure I would even notice if there wasn’t an option for soft drinks – most people are wearing nice clothes they don’t want to spill anything on and stick to alcohol or water! Maybe you could offer a signature non-alcoholic drink that is less expensive, like lemonade or ice tea. Another option if your caterer allows it is to bring in bottles – and if not, include them in OOT bags or call them a favor (lol)! I wouldn’t stress – 99% of your guests won’t miss it and the 1% that do can find a vending machine on the way home!