Post # 1
Is anyone else planning a very small wedding ceremony and reception?
We just want to have our immediate families at our ceremony and reception, which brings the guest count to 41, IF everyone attends, and you know how that is. But we want to have an afternoon ceremony, cocktail hour, and dinner reception (maybe even some dancing!)…in June, in DC. 🙂
Obviously, we’ll NEVER meet the food and beverage minimums for most (if not all) of the nicer hotels and other venues in DC on a Saturday evening in June. (And if we WERE to spend that kind of money on a reception for 40 people, it’d be proof that we had more money than sense.)
So, my idea is to have our wedding on a Thursday evening! Right now, I’m looking at having our ceremony on the terrace of one of the nicer hotels, followed by a cocktail hour there as well, and then having a dinner at a swanky restaurant in a private dining room. My Fiance is totally on board with the idea, and I’m really excited about it!
So, does anyone else have a super-short guest list? What are your plans?
Post # 3
We are having a very small wedding; no more than 50 guests; including the wedding party. We are going to get married at 1:30 in the afternoon, have a cocktail/picture hour, and then we will have a buffet/dinner. We are getting married at http://www.thornewoodcastle.com/index.htm and are very excited. We don’t have to meet any minimums with any of the caterers we have found.
Post # 4
We started with a guest list of 35, which is now probably closer to 50 (but 7 of those are under the age of 7). We opted for a nice sit down dinner in a private room at a popular steakhouse. The minimum is $3000, which will be easy to meet when you add in good wine, a signature cocktail, and some appetizers to be served during cocktail hour.
We’ll have a larger party back home in Albuquerque later in the year (after our bank account recovers)
Post # 5
We had about 50 guests attend our wedding. It was absolutely the perfect size for venue. Plenty of caterers in Seattle don’t have a minimum on the number of guests, fortunately. It was the perfect size for us, too; we loved being able to easily interact with everyone there.
Post # 6
We’re having a maximum of 45 people, including FH & me and our bridal party. We got lucky and found a company that can accomodate smaller parties without huge minimums. The only reason for this is that its a private cruise company and they just happen to have a smaller sized yacht. However, we are not doing dancing. Also, its a Champagne Brunch reception on a Sunday afternoon– no Saturday night affair for us!
So maybe you could look for something outside the box?
Also, had we not found the yacht company, we were going to rent out a city park and start from scratch (renting tables/ chairs/ linens, finding a caterer, etc.). Not sure if there are any parks/ venues for rent through your city? They may be a little cheaper than privately owned locations.
Post # 7
Mrs. Tulip had a reception for 60 guests at Teaism, and reported that the minimum to close the whole restaurant (as of 2008) was only $2,500, and there was no site rental fee. And her wedding was on a Saturday. It might be worth checking out.
Also, depending on your budget, you might want to check out the Odyssey or Spirit Cruises. Package prices for the Odyssey (which is the nicer of the two) are at this link. Prices already include everything from linens to the DJ, so you don’t have to buy as many “extras.”
Post # 8
Thanks for the tips! Actually, I’m really happy with the Thursday night compromise…we really want an evening dinner reception and we’re totally willing to choose a weeknight over a weekend. 🙂 That was my way of thinking out of the box. 🙂 We’ll still be in our budget going that route. I had a morning wedding/afternoon heavy hors d’oeurves reception for my first marriage, so I definitely don’t want to do the same thing this time. It’s great, though, that there really are so many options for having an awesome wedding at whatever budget you’ve set for yourself.
@noritake22: What a beautiful place to have a wedding!
Post # 9
We have a invite list of 62, but our venue fits a maximum of 45 (yikes! Luckily we know quite a few invited will be unable to attend – I hope!). We’re having a typical Saturday church wedding, but the church is tiny. Then we’re having a restaurant reception at a very nice restaurant in the downtown. We were able to book their upstairs which includes a dining room and a bar area (so we get our own bar), and that has a $2450 minimum, which will be easily met!
Post # 10
I’m attaching a picture of our venue, set up for dinner, not a wedding, but you get the idea 🙂