Post # 1
Hi ladies, I went to my venue today to change my date, and the one in charge started talking to me about bridal showers, she showed me a couple of pictures from past ones and gave me a price for 100 people that included Buffet style lunch with fountains of different kinds, linens, centerpieces and for 3 hours for a total of $1948.50 taxes already included.
Is that too much? Have any of you had your bridal shower, or plan to have your bridal shower at your venue? I know I can have it for much cheaper than that, but what I really want to know is how many of you will be having your bridal shower where you will be having your reception. I only have 65 ladies to invite, and I’m sure maybe only half would show up so I’m going to see if I get a lower price for that.
Post # 3
My bridal shower is going to be back at home in New England, so definitely not at my venue. But even if it were where I live, I wouldn not have it at my venue. I want the venue to be a surprise to my guests; if the shower is there, it seems a little anti-climactic to me on the day of the wedding.
Post # 4
I had mine at my MIL’s house! We only had about 15 people though, so we didn’t need to do anything special.
That does seem like a good price for a 3 hour event/buffet for 100 guests though! I probably wouldn’t want to have it at my wedding venue though, just because it wouldn’t seem as “special” that your guests have already seen it.
Post # 5
I’m having 2 bridal showers, one in my hometown and one in my fiancee’s hometown (4 hours apart). They are both in restuarants that the families like.
The brial shower for a wedding I am in August is at the venue, they gave us a pretty good deal as the owner is related to the bride. 🙂
Post # 6
mine was at my aunt’s house. There were about 25 of us, and she had a super nice, open lay out at her place…it was really fun!
Post # 7
I’m having my shower at a restaurant. I’m not sure i’d want to have it at my venue – like PP have said, it would take away the surprise for your guests on your wedding day!!
Post # 8
- Wedding: June 2011 - Sydney, Australia
Just thrown in my parents backyard. Nice and relaxed!
Post # 9
at church not affliated with wedding day ceremony site or reception site. i think 30-ish people out of 48. so no need to do “fancy venue”
Post # 10
I had mine back in my home state at my mothers house. It was nice considering out of town family memebers were more willing to come to moms then a place they don’t know buy I also only had like 12 people.
Post # 11
My shower was held at my aunts house, exactly where I wanted it. We could have had my shower at our wedding venue (I’ve thrown 2 of my best friends showers there) but I didn’t want it to be at the same place as our wedding. Even though it would have been in two totally different spaces, I still wanted there to be some level of surprise for the guests who’ve never been there.
As for price, roughly $20 p/person is pretty reasonable when dealing with a venue but it can be done for much cheaper if you look elsewhere. I spent $15 p/person for my friends showers though both were brunch buffets with just mimosas for alcohol (plus other non alcoholic beverages). My shower was much less since it was an “at home” event but it was about a million times nicer than it ever would have been had we done it at a venue. I looooooooove at home showers. There’s so much that you can do with them whereas using a venue, you’re limited.
Post # 12
I had mine at a hall with 150 people (not my reception hall…never even considered it). My parents threw it for me, I think they spent around 2k for a buffet/cake and rental of the hall.
Post # 13
Mine was at my MOH’s parent’s house. She reallu wanted to plan everything and have it there and it was beautiful! We had about 50ish people. It was catered but i have no idea how much that cost.
Post # 14
My showers were just at the homes of the hostesses. I preferred it that way to 1) help control costs and 2) allow me to be comfortable and take all the time I wanted socializing with my guests.
Post # 15
Having mine at FMIL’s house: Mimosas, wine and lunch on her deck facing dreams park in Cooperstown.
I want my venue to be the big bang at the end of the engagement; I wouldn’t have my shower there.
Post # 16
Thank you so much for your answers ladies, I hadnt thought about it that way, but now that you all mention it I would prefer to leave the venue as a surprise. There is another hall where people I know have had their bridal/baby showers, so I may just go there instead see what they offer. Neither my parents nor FI mom have a big house to have a shower in, so I dont think that would be too practical. I’ll see what I find. Although I liked everything that was being offered, I wasnt too fond on spending that much more money.