(Closed) Big family, low budget….

posted 6 years ago in Money
Post # 3
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

try an unconvetinal space like a warehouse or barn and jazz it up.. it is pretty unbelievable how people can decorate these spaces to feel very different and they are generally a more budget friendly option.  As for food, it may be cheaper to do a buffet depending on your area.. not sure.. For drinks, my FH insists on an open bar but we cannot afford a true open bar so we are creating signature drinks so we can control the cost along with  beer, soda and a few wines.  Good luck!

Post # 4
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

@MrsJohnsonToBe:  I agree with the PP. If you’re looking to accommodate a large number of people on a budget, seek alternative venues like a rec hall or church hall. Also, for food, try seeing if local restaurants can cater. Many brides on the Bee have looked at chain restaurants that were willing to provide a great meal inexpensively. As for drinks, go to Costco or Sam’s to buy in bulk or do a premixed drink that you can make large quantities of and put in pitchers or decanters.

Post # 5
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: April 2013

@MrsJohnsonToBe:  I had a friend with a large hispanic family and they did a pot luck in the park that turned out beautifully.  Plus all of the food was homemade and delicious.  It was super casual, but everyone had a great time.  You just have to look into your state’s alcohol laws.

Post # 7
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

Try to buy liquor in wholesale, too.  We found a place that will actually refund any unopen bottles that are in re-sellable condition. 

Post # 8
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Helper bee

we originally wanted to have a max of 20 guests and go eat atthe local steakhouse after, its still an option but i also thoughtabout bumping it to 40 and using the really pretty venues at the metroparks and have it catered in and diy alcohol

Post # 9
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

You could also consider off season, mid-week. This saves a TON and wont be a big deal if most folks are local. Another idea is to not do a full meal, like having a 2pm reception with light appetizers and such. the last piece of advice would be to do whatever you can to not sacrifice  guest comfort! If you have to cut back on floral and decor to get a chair for each guest do it! ๐Ÿ™‚ good luck!! No matter what it will all work out!

Post # 10
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

@MrsJohnsonToBe:  

I am in Utah and it’s very normal to have like 300-500 people at the receptions here.  Yet they do it all for very cheap!  How?  They don’t serve a sit down meal!  Usually it’s a dessert, cookies and punch.  In fact, I think it’s always been just desserts and it lasts like 2 hours.  It’s more of a social event – not usually dancing, but mingling and chatting kids running around.  The church usually donates the hall.

Post # 11
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

There’s got to be a middle ground between 10 people and 168 people.  Pick a cut-off and cut it off!

Post # 12
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

I would just do immediate family from both sides.How much are you looking to spend? That would help us to help you.

Post # 13
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL

@MrsJohnsonToBe:  It would help if you listed the metro area you would like to get married in.  Buy (or borrow) a copy of Bridal Bargains and check out their recs on how to cut costs.  I have found it invaluable both times I have planned weddings.

If you can’t cut the guest list then it’s a good idea to cut down the meal.  Can you do a cocktail or cake and punch reception instead?  We are serving a BBQ buffet for under $10 per person at our reception.  Local BBQ and Italian restaurants are great for keeping food costs low.

Post # 14
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

Which city do you live in?

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