Under food/bev minimum.. more people vs. more food

posted 3 years ago in Venue
  • poll: You're UNDER the venue's food & bev minimum.. what do you do?
    Invite more people... : (25 votes)
    38 %
    Include more food.. : (36 votes)
    55 %
    Other.. I'm commenting below : (4 votes)
    6 %
  • Post # 3
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    563 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: September 2013

    @MissMay3003:  Can you add a chef station or dessert bar?

    Post # 4
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    1582 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: November 1999

    @MissMay3003:  What if you ask them if they can put together some sort of favor package or dessert goodies for your guests to take away for you? That would kill two birds with one stone.

    Post # 5
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    11772 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: May 2013

    It sounds like you have plenty of food and GREAT booze–I say invite more people!

    Or give 5 invites to each parent, and let them bring some people!

    Post # 6
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    1582 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: November 1999

    @MissMay3003:  Are you counting on meeting your minimum based on the number of people invited? Keep in mind that if they don’t all RSVP yes that you will be even further away from meeting your minimum.

    Post # 7
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    1234 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: August 2013

    We had a very similar situation. So we just increased the food!

    Post # 8
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    10384 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: September 2010

    Increasing the guest list increases a lot of other costs – rentals, invites, postage, favors, thank you cards, cake, more decor and centerpieces for added tables, etc.

    I’d add more food rather than bulk up all those extra costs.

    Post # 10
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: July 2014

    Of brides and guests I’ve known, I’ve never heard of there being too little food at a wedding. All I’ve heard is about too much/wasted food (especially wasted extras and dessert/candy bars) and wishing they’d invited more friends. 

    Post # 11
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: July 2014

    @MissMay3003:  personally, I’m not a fan of inviting more people…Yes the reality is that people decline but I always worry that while you’re expecting maybe 10% of the guests to decline (and allot that into your budget), you may only have 4% decline, and then you still have all those mouths to feed because you can’t uninvite. Not to mention, 25 extra guests, means 25 extra chair covers, about 10-15 invitations, etc.

     

    I would prefer an increase in food. Upgrade your main courses or your dessert, or maybe add a speciality station

    Post # 12
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    644 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: May 2010

    If you’re happy with everything, food and guest list, and can’t see a thing that could be improved just take the hit and pay the difference. I would probably add some type of food station or a coffee bar before I’d do that but it’s always an option to just pay the difference if you’re happy with everything. I used to do this all the time when booking corporate events at my last job.

     

    Post # 13
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    635 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: October 2013

    @MissMay3003:  Wow, that’s crazy!  Our minimum is only $2500.

    Post # 14
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    1214 posts
    Bumble bee

    Are they making your wedding cake/cakes?  My daughters venue has a $6000 min for food and beverages.  We weren’t quite there, so we decided to let them make the cakes also.  They were going to charge a $2.50 per slice cake cutting fee for a cake brought in anyway.  So that would make another bakery’s cake even more expensive.  By letting them make the cake, it all applies to the $6000 and their cake per slice starts at $3.50 and up.  Maybe this could work for your venue also.  Just a thought.

    Post # 15
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: October 2014 - UK

    @MissMay3003:  I know what I’m like at events. If I’ve been drinking, I’ll eat basically anything in front of me, so my vote will always, always go for more food! Haha! 😀

    Post # 16
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: January 2018

    Edit: Double post

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