Post # 1
Is anyone having their reception in a hall besides me? It just seemed to be more cost friendly being able to supply your own caterer and alcohol.
Just wondering because I really wanted a ballroom or some great venue that is local but there is much available in our area so I went with a hall and im going to decorate it myself.
Post # 3
I’ve seen lots of people do this and they can come out really pretty, plus like you said, sometimes it can really save you money. We rented a State park Lodge that pretty much had no decorations and it came out really nice with the things we added.
Post # 4
I’m totally going the hall route. So much more convenient for us, but our food and staff are included as well as all the tables/chairs/linens/dishes.
Post # 5
I found that it would actually be more expensive to hire a caterer separately, so we went with an all inclusive venue. The other benefit of having a fancier venue is no decor needed – we might even skip flowers.
Post # 6
What exactly do you mean by a hall? Is that like a Knights of Columbus or VFW type place? Or is it a community center or a venue that caters specifically to weddings and nothing else? Wouldn’t that be the same as a ballroom that you’d find in a hotel? Just curious because no one has ever been able to define it compared to any other type of reception venue and how it differs from them.
Most people do go the community hall (Knights of Columbus or community center) route and use whatever tables and chairs they offer and then bring in everything else themselves. That generally also includes bringing in your own plates, dishes, staff, etc. But make sure to ask what they have and what they don’t.
As far as cost for bringing in your own catering, generally it is cheaper to do so but you need to shop around to get price quotes for both. Also, unless you have your heart set on a particular catering company that specializes in weddings, call up your favorite restaurants. That will be your cheapest bet. With the food from restaurants that cater (most offer off-site catering at any venue you want), you would already know what the quality is like and even when they throw in freebies or things at very low cost, it’s still cheaper than a regular caterer for the exact same items and you aren’t nickeled and dimed at the restaurant. Most beverages you can get in bulk at Costco. You can pick up real silverware cheap at Walmart (bundles of 6 pieces for $1) and then donate them to a local church afterward. If you;d rather have plasticware, you can get that along with plates at Costco.
As far as decorating, do you plan to actually decorate yourself or will you have a team doing it for/with you? If so, you need to find out when the venue will be available to use before your reception so that can decorate, whether the day before or a few hours before. If you’re limited to just the day of the event, it may be worth it to ask a day-of coordinator or very helpful friends if they would mind assisiting before the ceremony so that you are able to focus on getting dressed, etc.