(Closed) "Affordable" Rant

posted 8 years ago in Money
Post # 32
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2018

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@Ballet513:  haha I’m looking at a place in South Jersey that has quoted me $85pp and I feel that’s a steal!

Post # 33
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2012 - Historic Lougheed House

NYC is the most expensive city in the USA (or world maybe) to get married in.  $5000 as a total budget is not going to be able to get you a traditional caterer.  

Could you go to another state for the wedding?  That would help cut it down.  

Could you rent out a church community hall and just do appetizers or pasta or lasagna, or something that someone in the family can make a huge batch of?  You need volume but low price here. 

 

Post # 34
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2012 - Historic Lougheed House

Also, alcohol is EXPENSIVE.  Our alcohol budget for 100 people was close to $5000 – and I live in Canada where weddings are relatively cheaper.  

I don’t think that alcohol is in your best bet for your money, unless you get a keg or make your own wine or something. 

Post # 35
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

A lot of city or town owned facilities are cheap and will allow alcohol (some require like and off duty cop there tho). Look up every city/county website around you and go to the section on their facilites. Some are gorgeous they just happened to be bought out by the town.  And If you shop smart – you can provide beer and wine only for under 500. kegs and wine on sale by the case.

Post # 36
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

I see that you’re in NYC, maybe you should start looking out side of the city. I had my heart set on a Philadelphia wedding and we realized we wouldn’t be able to do it without increasing our budget so we decided to get married outside of Philly.

Post # 37
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Busy bee

Is there a Wood Ranch or Lucille’s in NYC?  Wood Ranch catering starts at $11/person, and I think Lucille’s starts at $20. 

Post # 38
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

I’m sorry you ate feeling fustrated…. unfortunately i have to agree $39/p is really great price.

 

i think you and Fiance need to sit down and start from the beginning….. its dinner vs family. i can’t decide that for you but for me family.is first and i would be looking to move towards cake & punch / coffee & dessert type reception

 

another option (and this one kinda sucks…..) delay the wedding till you can save more

 

 

Post # 39
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290 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

I’m sorry your so frustrated.  My brother has a culinary arts degree so he is catering my wedding thankfully or else we would be hurting.  But I would suggest something that you can either do yourself (with help of a couple people)  if money is budgeted correctly.  Like a mexican buffet could be cheap, also Italian food, pasta is a great filler and almost every italian food has past involved.  Also you can have an assortment.  Even a mixture of the two for those picky .  BBQ also would be a cheap way to go, if you are into like a backyard type not so uptight kind of menu.  It just depends on what are comfortable with

Post # 40
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2013

Have you looked into hiring a culinary arts program to cater?  Some of them do it for much cheaper than caterers because the students need the experience.  I’m sure that in NYC there should be a good number of schools.  Don’t forget that some junior colleges have culinary arts programs.

Post # 41
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: March 2014

@SuzyWoozy:  I had good luck looking at community centers, VFW/Mason/Scottish Rite buildings, and large but casual restaurants.

I agree, around here those prices would be quite expensive, but you are trying to have a wedding in New York City. Prices are outrageous there from what I’ve seen, and for the area, the prices you quoted are really great. What about taking on a part-time job, some freelance, or maybe even putting the wedding off a few months?

Post # 42
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Wannabee

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@hma812:  

I wish you happy ~ happy!!Smile

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