Anyone plan a wedding in 1-2 months?

posted 4 months ago in Beehive
Post # 2
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Busy bee

Honestly, my first reaction is the time frame isn’t a huge problem, but you probably cannot feed brunch to 80 people plus whatever else you are wanting to do for under $2000. 

Post # 3
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2018

What’s the rush?

unless you do a backyard type of event there’s no way you can properly host 80 people for $2k

coconuthoney :  

Post # 4
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2018

where are you located? planning in a couple months if you are flexible on dates would be no problem, but I agree, hosting 80 people for $2000 would be pretty difficult. For examply I had 30 people at my wedding and it’s hard to say exactly what food and alcohol was because it was included with the venue which included table, chairs, cake, set up, take down, basically everything, and it was $100pp. My entire wedding of 30 people was about $7000… I can’t imagine hosting 80 people for $2000 so you may need to adjust your expectations before you really get into planning!

Post # 5
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Blushing bee

Is this a backyard/private deal, or do you want a venue?

To get a venue on such short notice, you may have to settle for a weekday or holiday, and then many of your guests may not come.

Post # 6
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: November 2020 - North Carolina

I think it’s possible. I live in NC and you can rent a beautiful public park or pavilion for less than $800. So if it’s a backyard affair you won’t have to pay that. If you dont serve alcohol then you don’t have to pay for security if it’s less than 100 people or an ABC license. I was looking at some catering places and as long as you dont need servers you can order food for a buffet setup for less than $1100 for 100 people. 

Post # 12
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2018

coconuthoney :  My opinion on that type of wedding doesn’t matter at all! It’s completely up to you what you want to do. How long would you be looking at for the wedding? A lot of weddings are centered around food and drinks, but you don’t have to make yours centered around that, but just know that if peopel get bored/hungry they probably will leave. Just an idea to break it down though, how quickly $2000 would go for 80 people:

Marriage license: $99.50 in Nashville

Someone to marry you: give or take $200

Chairs/table/venue for 80 ppl: $300 (on the low side)

Appetizers for 80 ppl (i’m doing sams club prices for budget, and this is extremely light on food):

  • Wraps- $90 (3 packages)
  • Veggie trays- $50
  • Fruit and cheese trays- $115
  • Pastry Trays- $40

Drinks: In my opinion you need to at least offer coffee and tea in addition to water for a 10am wedding

  • Coffee and tea- Give or take $100 
  • A lemondaide would also be nice, but not 100% necessary.

So that brings you to abouth $1000 without any attire, cake, music, flowers, etc all of which are not 100% necessary but make for a nice touch. 

So I guess I will take back what I said about you can’t do it for under $2000, because yes you can, but depends how fed you want your guests to be, and if you want it to look like you “cheaped out”

 

Now I know it is none of my business and I said my opinion didn’t matter, and it doesnt, but if it were me, I would go to the court house and get married, and then go to a beautiful restaraunt for dinner with your families. 

Post # 13
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Busy bee

coconuthoney :  i think doing a more casual wedding like your friend with the morning weddings then “light lunch” is totally reasonable. I don’t know if you could do it for under 2k, but probably not too much more. Honestly I think we’ll probably dtart seeing more and more of this type of thing as lots of younger people can’t afford to do a big wedding extravaganza. It wouldn’t bother me to attend a wedding like this at all!

Post # 14
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2019

Just to add to Sollyb’s post, you don’t need $200 for an officiant, ask a friend or family member who is already a guest to get certified online!  That’s what we’re doing, and fiance’s sister is thrilled to have a special role.

I’ve also seen weddings where in place of gifts they ask guests to bring a brunch dish?  You could do that

Post # 15
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Helper bee

I think you would be doing well to have 80 people be available and RSVP yes at such short notice.

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