Breakfast wedding possible on a budget?

posted 3 months ago in Reception
Post # 2
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2018

no ideas but I feel for you.  all our “small” ideas are actually more expensive than we expected.  team elope!

Post # 3
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

I’m not understanding. Your budget is 3-4K, for 50 people.

If a place costs 2k to rent, $34 X 50= $1700. Together $3700, within your budget.

Post # 4
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2017 - Poppy Ridge Golf Course

28-34 dollars pp isn’t really that crazy in our area. That sounds about right from what I recall seeing when we were planning on brunch. But there was a full menu not just a few danishes or bagels. Catering just isn’t cheap here no matter what type of meal you want. Keep searching and comparing. Its not impossible to do this within your budget but it’ll be challenging and you may not have the luxury of choosing a certain venue.

Post # 5
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2017 - Poppy Ridge Golf Course

cherryberrypie :  Good point. I was assuming everything else also had to be covered under this budget like dress, drinks, shoes etc., I might be incorrect.

Post # 6
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2017

mmb03 :  I think a breakfast-style reception would be a great idea, and you could definitely easily self-cater any of the cold foods, and then hire out your hot items.

I’m having an afternoon, cocktail-style wedding reception with 20 people and the biggest advice I can tell you with keeping a tight budget is to think outside of the “venue” box. My budget is under $3k, and we accomplished this by having our wedding in a free venue (family friend’s backyard) and we hired a caterer that owns her own business so she could work with us on price. 

Also consider reducing your guest list – that will also help with cost. Good luck!!

Post # 7
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2021

We had the reception on a familyʻs property and then hired out for catering, cost us $1200. Also keep in mind for a breakfast wedding youʻre starting hair and make-up SUPER early and not all beauticians will do it.

Post # 9
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2017

If you do not have any friends or family members with a backyard, have you looked at local parks. I know with my city you can “reserve” some parks for as low as $60 an hour. Just a thought as some parks can be very beautiful!

Post # 10
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2017

I agree with the idea of a local park or someone’s backyard. You can get some lovely platters of food and even delicious cake from Coscto. Problem solved, and well within your budget. 

Post # 11
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Newbee

Do you mind me asking where you’re from?  I’ve having a traditional saturday night wedding and food costs for me are between 22-27 a person (and the 27 is a grilled ribeye lol).  I think location can have a lot to do with it.  As for locations – have you looked at hotels?  with some searching you may be able to find a smaller location – maybe a bed and breakfast that’s smaller and more intimate????  Also what about a lake ferry???  I know there’s ferry boats in my area that go out to the lake and are perfect for smaller weddings and cost effective.  

Post # 12
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: November 2018

Have you looked into a nice local restaurant that has a private room? Lots of restaurants offer nice brunch options with champagne included!

Post # 13
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2017 - Poppy Ridge Golf Course

I agree with the park suggestion, however, its not always as budget friendly as you might think. If you can find a park with seating and some sort of canopy or covered area great. If not you not only have to worry about catering but equipment rentals which aren’t cheap. Chairs, tables, dinnerware, a tent or some alternative to keep guests out of the sun. And you have to consider the weather since its completely outdoors. If there’s a chance of rain in your area then what? So definitely research parks but figure out whats needed with it.

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