(Closed) BBQ/picnic reception at park – thoughts/experiences? (sorry this is long…)

posted 6 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
2375 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

I’m having a smaller wedding, and I’m MoH in my friend’s wedding which will be ultra budget (less than $2k).  It can be done! 

Locations: Look at local parks if you like outdoor weddings.  Most are free, and a lot of them will let you rent the shelter building at low or no cost. 

Food: You don’t necessarily need dinner.  If you have an early afternoon wedding, there’s no need for a full dinner.  You can do cold cuts, fruit trays, cheese trays, antipasti, that sort of thing.  As an example:  http://www.hy-vee.com/shop/Meat-Cheese-Platters/Anthonys-Choice-P60C18.aspx – for $60, feeds 30.  A fruit tray that feeds 50 is about $60.  Yes, it’s from the grocery store.  But no one’s going to know when it’s plated on nice platters.  So lets say $300 total and that’s a LOT of variety. 

Drinks: A lot of state parks don’t allow alcohol, so check first!  If they don’t, that cuts your drink budget WAY down.  If they do, it’s totally ok to do a keg of beer, average $100 each.  Keep in mind a keg of domestic is about 150 cups.  So 50 people, 3 cups each.  You can also purchase 1/2 kegs, so you can get a keg of the one you know everyone will drink, and 1/2 keg of the other.  Pick up lots of lemonade, water, punch, etc for the non drinkers.  $300 total.

Photography: Call your local colleges.  Ask the photography program director to refer you to their top 3 students.  They’ll all be trying to build a portfolio, and they’ll work for dirt cheap.  Pick one whose style you like.

Decorations: The dollar store and farmers market are your friends!  The dollar store has LOTS of vases for $1 each.  And you can find actual glass ones, not plastic.  Your local farmers market should have plenty of vendors selling flowers.  For $50, you can get a lot, and it should be plenty to fill up those vases and make up a nice bouquet for yourself.

Officiant: Can’t really help you there.  They run about $75-$150 depending.  But that’s not a ridiculous amount.

Post # 4
750 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2001

Don’t lose hope! This sounds wonderful.

Ideas for saving money:

-Have a funny relative or friend get ordained online, I think its like 50 dollars

-Could you plant your own flowers and use them as centerpieces, bouquets, favors, etc.

-You could ask your family member to each bring a dessert as a wedding gift to you and it’s free and you would have a ton of variety to choose from.

-Try craigslist and consignment shops for dresses and decorations

-Hire teenage family friends to be servers for a cheap price. Bet they would love the extra cash

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