(Closed) 50K-75K+ wedding bees?

posted 7 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

Still planning, but my wedding bill seems to be adding up to our larger guest list (350ish) and our bar tab….most definitely!

Post # 4
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

I’m a large budget bride ($140K). Sadly I don’t think I’m having anything unique. A chicago black tie wedding just comes with a large price tag sadly. Of course I’m still doing DIY stuff. A bulk of our budget has been spent of venue (with food), a 12 piece orchestra, and an amazing videographer. Nothing out of the normal though.

Post # 5
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

Things that were important to us:

Our venue (beach front lawns at an upscale hotel)

Open bar (we are spending extra money on multiple bartenders and passed cocktails)

Good food (example is that in addition to a regular menu, we will have an Interactive Artisan Cheese Gallery, with a collection of rare, classic, artisanal farm cheeses from around the world presented by a Maitre de Fromage paired with wine by the Event Sommelier)

Good desserts (we will have a world-renowned pastry chef preparing miniature desserts in addition to wedding cake)

Good music (we will have a live pianist that will play pre-ceremony, ceremony and reception…I’m attempting to have a baby grand moved out to the lawn for his use)

Good favors (our guests will recieve handmade dark chocolate truffles made by the hotels pastry chef)

Amazing photographer (our photographer shoots in all film, which offers a softer photograph that is true artistry)

Things I didn’t spend a ton of money on:  my dress (sample sale), Maid/Matron of Honor dress (Ann Taylor sale), Flower Girl dress (Lord & Taylor sale), my shoes (Neiman Marcus sale), flowers (I wanted locally grown for ethical reasons, which were actually much cheaper as a bonus)

Post # 7
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

Our guest list is less than half of yours, but we will be spending approximately $250/person for food & alcohol (we are having a Sunday morning brunch…dinner would have been MUCH higher).  Our venue stated from the outset that you should plan on your per person cost to be between $250-300 minimum.

Post # 8
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I am not in that price range on our wedding but a good friend of mine was and the absolute best part of her reception as a guest was her AMAZING 11 person band.  It was probably the most expensive single item she had but it was great as a guest!  If I had that kind of budget I would definitely have booked the same band!

Post # 9
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

Just barely beginning the planning process, but my parents have given me a budget of 85ishk. So far I am really enjoying high end wedding blogs — wedluxe.com is my fave. We should definitely share unique ideas and touches as we come up with them!

Post # 10
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

@MrsLulu:  I LOVE the artisan cheese gallery idea!!

Your wedding sounds like its shaping up beautifully ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 12
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

We LOVE cheese, chocolate and booze.  What can I say?  lol

Post # 13
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

The majority of our cost is also coming from our venue (which includes the food, etc) but the food is around 175/plate.  The venue is in Newport and it was important for us to have it on the water and have great food!  We also are doing a higher end open bar for the night and a next morning brunch.  Since we love seafood, we’ve been talking about the possibility of doing a raw bar for the cocktail hour in addition to passed food.  We also splurged on our photog (Alternate Angles) because this was really important to me and I wanted beautiful creative pictures!  I don’t know if there’s anything specifically unique, we just want a nice, classy nautical wedding!

Post # 14
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

@ivyjenny:  My wedding is going to be around that amount and we’re spending a little bit more for what’s important for us – video, photo and entertainment for our guests.  Our budget is actually on the low end considering we’re going to have 450 guests.

Your ideas sound great but may be hard to pull off with your guest size.

Post # 15
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

Our wedding was in this range, and sadly, for the area we are in and for our circle of friends and family our wedding was just average. We had about 170 people, our food + alcohol was about $110/person…the rest was….

-We wanted top shelf liquor, but we couldn’t justify the added cost. We had an open bar all night. We didn’t really have a set budget. We just knew what we were comfortable spending, what we had allocated for the wedding and spent accordingly.

Things that we’ve been complimented on:

-We wanted good food and the place we picked had fabulous food (everyone is still raving about it), but our food wasn’t “expensive”.

-I think our venue was the unique/wow factor. They had beautiful in house uplighting, LCDs screens (where we displayed the photos being taken in the photobooth-big hit), and mulitple projector screens that came out of the ceiling.The venue was definitely our splurge. It was over our original “budget” but we felt it was worth it. We had “snow” falling on the guests as they arrived, which was another big hit. In the end, our venue was worth every single penny. The service was top notch and everyone had nothing but good things to say about the service they received.

-I love sweets, so we did mid night snacks of milk and cookie “shots” as well as a candy buffet.

-We had a sparkler exit (another big hit), but wasn’t much of a splurge item. ($1/person)

-We did all the paper stuff ourselves: invitations (a nightmare to do 4 layers of cardstock and pocketfolds), programs, menus, I Spy for the kids, escort cads, favors (candy jars for the candy buffet), etc.

Good luck!

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