(Closed) Am I crazy? (Budget Rant, sorry)

posted 8 years ago in Money
Post # 17
1916 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

I think it depends how much of that money you are allocating for catering.  I doubt it’s the whole $10k.

Post # 19
140 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

I definitely think it can be done. I’m in Western NY and my budget is $5000 for 75 guests. I’ll probably end up breaking my budget, but only by about $1500 and that’s because I really wanted a photobooth and a few other items. I’m diy-ing most of my decor and my invites, and my wedding is on an unconvential day, so that saved me a ton as well. I’m having a local Italian restaurant cater our wedding (they do it frequently) and it was cheaper than a lot of the places around here.

Good luck!!

Post # 20
1561 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

@MissCT:  Try’s Jeff’s Cusine in South Norwalk, “All Smoked Up,” out of Danbury, or Planet BBQ (not sure where they are out of)

Post # 22
2401 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

@OhBeeHive84:  Yeah. I’ve been to a couple. And it’s actually quite nice if you are having a non-traditional, laid back, family style wedding. In my experience, however, you dont get any gifts. It’s more of a housewarming type thing. But both weddings were full of joy and love, and I thoroughly enjoyed making a dish and sharing it with the family and friends of the brides and grooms.

Post # 23
2401 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

Oh. And no one complained about the potluck.

Post # 24
36 posts

Again on the BBQ topic, I don’t think it has to be like burgers and hot dogs at all! We’re having smoked brisket and pulled pork, and including two staff members to carve the brisket and pull the pork at the buffet. I think that this way, it still feels like a more formal occassion while staying budget-friendly. (I use “more formal” very loosely, as we’re having a picnic afternoon wedding. But I think that this could still fit into a more formal theme.)

Post # 25
9028 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

I had my wedding in the North east and it was just over 8K for 175 people. You just have to try non-obvious options. If you search for wedding caterers then yes you will be bombared with very high prices. but there are other caterers who dont specialize in weddings who can provide plenty of food for a buffet for much less.

Post # 26
7288 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2011

What “style” wedding do yo want?

A lot of the under or budget weddings involve, using open public spaces and vintage/used/nature decorating. Thrift stores, wild flowers. Family made food or creative local options. Bargain hunting . Mismatching. Having a limited amount of alchohol ( beer and wine) or none at all.etc etc. Also consider ipod over D.J. and pick one splurge. If its photography do that, if its your dress do that. if its food, do that.

If you want a typical sit down DJ’ed, open bar, hotel style ball room dinner with mutlple courses, expect to pay fort that as well. If your wililng to look outside the box a little, you may be pleasently surprised.

Post # 27
647 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

Do you have a photographer yet?  That was my biggest budget challenge 🙂

Post # 28
2239 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

@MissCT:  I know how you feel! We had a 10,000 wedding for about that many people and spent a lot on our photography so our catering budget was pretty small. One of the ways we cut back on catering was to have it catered by a newer catering company offered by a restaurant that’s local. They offered a lot of freebies in their package too, which was awesome. Another thing we did was to offer a chicken entree (chicken cordon bleu), and a veggie option instead of two meats (like a chicken or steak). Everyone really liked the veggie lasgana and it saved us at least 3-4 dollars pp. We also didn’t do a cocktail hour…just went straight into dinner and served 50 dollars worth (3 gallons) of Rita’s water ice we picked up that day. That cut down on our costs A LOT.

This last thing is probably taboo but we also had a cash bar to save money. I wasn’t willing to pay for liquor over quality wedding photography so sadly we had to do the cash bar.

Post # 30
484 posts
Helper bee

I’ve heard Olive Garden does soup, salad, and breadstick catering. Maybe contact the local Olive Garden for their pricing?

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