Post # 16
mmb03 : I live in Lakeland FL – have you looked into lake mirror??? lake eola in orlando is probably over priced I’m sure. I bet you could even look in the plant city area and find maybe a nice farm area. Maybe look into Bok Tower???
https://boktowergardens.org/plan-your-visit/weddings/. They have options for 50 people that are like 800 bucks a really look beautiful and then like someone said maybe rent out a private room at a local resutarant. They also showed an all inclusive option for 72 guests at about 3400K. You may be able to knock it down to 2900K for your guest count and if they other options.
Also look into Hollis Gardens in lakeland??? Beautiful botanical garden part of parks and rec I’m sure they have some good options across from lake mirror.
Post # 17
mmb03 : $40/person is CRAZY for breakfast. I live in NYC, where all is expensive, and that’s too much. Look into restaurant catering. We found a local restaurant that would cater dinner–lobster, baked scrod, steak tips, potatoes, rolls, salad, etc. for $20/person. We didn’t end up going with them because it was buffet only, but there ARE cheaper options in the world.
I call out for catered breakfasts at work events and we usually spend $250 for 40 people at a local restaurant. That includes scrambled eggs, bacon, sausage, hash browns, toast and pancakes. Again, in one of the most expensive cities in the US.
Post # 18
I am also planning a brunch wedding for September 2018 with a $3k budget. I am in a smaller area but the caterers I looked at were charging $12-15 per person. They ones you looked at seem way overpriced. We enjoy baking so we’re think about catering our own food. We are thinking about doing mini breakfast loafs and donut hole/fruit skewers as a pre-ceremony appetizer. For the main meal we are thinking of a make your own waffle bar since the batter can be premade and refridgerated. The only problem is how to serve a savory item.
Check into parks nearby. The local parks and rec district here owns venues at their parks. We are holding our wedding in a parks and rec barn venue for $450 for the day. If you’re willing to travel an hour or so you should check nearby cities too.
Post # 19
If you’re going to diy your food (always risky), don’t do breakfast. Eggs, bacon, ham and other traditional breakfast foods do not sit well, and these protein-Rich foods are havens for bacteria when held at improper temperatures.
Post # 20
Popping in to say that I feel your pain! With that budget it’s not impossible but you’ll have to get very creative with ways to save money. The local restaurant idea is great, they’ll give you much better prices than a catering company usually, and breakfast should be a cheaper meal. You’ll have to find a venue that’s free or nearly free (like a backyard or park as mentioned above) and, if it doesn’t come with chairs/tables/etc., borrow those from anyone you know who’ll lend them to you. We are doing an “elopement” wedding with 10 guests and having a casual party the next day in the in laws’ backyard for everyone else to celebrate with us. We’re having 50-75 people at the party and getting a catered taco bar and BBQ, someone is making us cupcakes, we’re borrowing all of the tables/chairs/serving dishes from friends of friends, and we’ll spend a couple hundred on decorations. An aunt is donating wine and we’ll buy a few small kegs of beer. One of the grandmas offered to pay for a tent in case of rain, which was about $400. We’ll end up spending between $500-750 of our own money for the party. If you did something similar, you’d have a lot left over for dress, photography (serious budget buster!), rings, flowers, etc. Hope this helps!
Post # 21
Have you considered renting a home? This would allow you to have space to to diy part of the brunch (fruit, and sweetbreads and alcohol from Costco)and bring in the caterer just for the hot items.