Post # 16
I found a venue that is non-traditional. I didn’t want anything traditional anyway. My venue is in Norwalk, and my family lives in Orange. Maybe I will look more into resuturants. I am VERY open to the idea of barbeque, but would prefer not to have cheeseburgers and hot dogs. I am more interested in bbq chicken or sausages. That would be cool. Does anyone know any little resturants in the area that would do catering?
Post # 17
I think it depends how much of that money you are allocating for catering. I doubt it’s the whole $10k.
Post # 18
@ohmybears48: A pot luck? for a wedding?
Post # 19
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.
Post # 20
@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 # 21
@delirium.megans: Thank you so much for your suggestions. I just tried googling and it didn’t come up with much… This will be a wonderful place to start.
@bride2bejc: That was the reaction I was afraid of… lol.
@louisianablue: It is not the whole 10k, if it was, I don’t think I would be stressing as much. I just said the budget of the whole wedding to give you an idea of what I was spending. I wasn’t really sure if I felt comfortable enough to share the actual budget. I am a bit shy about it… Unrational I know.
@truefrommetoyou: I hope it can be done! I will have to check out local restuarants. Thanks!
Post # 22
@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
Oh. And no one complained about the potluck.
Post # 24
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
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
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
Do you have a photographer yet? That was my biggest budget challenge 🙂
Post # 28
@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 # 29
@gcwest: Yeah, luckily I was refered to a photographer from Weddingbee and they willingly worked within our budget. It was super awesome!
Post # 30
I’ve heard Olive Garden does soup, salad, and breadstick catering. Maybe contact the local Olive Garden for their pricing?