Wedding Planning: Cutting costs for package upgrades that are more important?

posted 3 years ago in Logistics
Post # 3
Member
6204 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2013 - The Liberty House

I don’t know… what do the original chairs look like? Alcohol is really a huge guest experience thing and a lot of people like liquor. You are the only one who will care about the chairs. So it comes down to: would you rather prioritize a few pictures, or possible guest experience/how packed your dance floor is?

Post # 4
Member
70 posts
Worker bee

Is the venue handling both the chair upgrade and the bar? I say negotiate for a lower upgrade price so you can work in at least 1 cocktail with your wine and beer bar. Maybe you can get the chairs for $4.50 per chair and have an additional vodka-based cocktail option to your basic bar.

Post # 5
Hostess
9910 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2014

@SimplyEuphoric:  i would shop around, chivaris are only a $3 upgrade here…($6.50 ea total) – or are you not renting chairs initially?

i’m doing the same thing though, trying to find savings to make the chivari fit my budget.

Post # 6
Hostess
8680 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2014

I’d prefer guest comfort over visuals. People don’t usually remember what type of chair they sit on [unless it’s hay or something unusual], but most will remember if they were able to drink to their hearts content, or if they were only allowed wine.

 

Post # 7
Member
1721 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

I think doing a wine and beer bar is fine.  The last few weddings I’ve been to have had that, and thats what we are doing as well.

Post # 8
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852 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

 

I would leave the chairs as they are…..

It thought about doing chair covers for the reception.  The venue wanted 5 dollars per chair.  I thought that $600 dollars to cover chairs for 4 hours was insane.  The chairs were in so few wedding photos (I think may 6 out of 2,000 shots) so in the end I was glad that I decided not to spend the money.

I would put the money towards the bar or something else that you may like…….

Other cost saving ideas..

  • I decided not to give the MOB and MOG a bouquet and opted for a corsage (they had the option of wearing it on the wrist or pinning it to their dress)
  • used less expensive flowers for my centerpieces…. I opted for snapdragons instead of roses
  • used flowers that were in season so that the bouquets were less expensive
  • I bought my favors in bulk from a warehouse
  • booked band very far in advance and were able to negotiate the price
  • opted for less expensive shoes- went to DSW instead of buying designer shoes (glad I did because my heels were destroyed by the end of the night)
  • used the cake provided in the venue package instead of ordering a designer wedding cake

 

 

 

Post # 9
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599 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2013

@SimplyEuphoric:  I went with the added cost for chairs. People were going to be their for a few hours and I wanted them to be comfortable and not experiencing back pain. I didn’t go for looks but comfort but the chairs are gorgeous 

Post # 10
Member
941 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2015

If the chairs are important to you, than do them. I don’t mind a wine/beer only bar. 

Post # 11
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1287 posts
Bumble bee

Chairs, well, are chairs.  Guests won’t sit on them all night long. They won’t notice if it’s “pretty” or not, or whether it’s comfortable or not. Years from now, they aren’t going to say  “hey, remember SimplyEuphoric’s wedding and what comfy, beautiful chairs they had at their wedding, but what a horrible bar choice!”  You know…some people don’t like beer. Some people don’t like wine.  Some people don’t like either of them. They like mixed alcholic beverages.  A few years from now, you’d rather people say “That wedding of SimplyEuphoric’s had one kick ass bar!” 

Anyhoo…I asked FI about a beer/wine only option for our wedding, to cut costs ya know…and he said HELL NO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! People would get pissed if there were only 2 options to choose from.

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