(Closed) Budget Bride in NJ- here's my research, do you have any?!?

posted 5 years ago in New Jersey – North Central New Jersey
Post # 3
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

@kelena:  As another north NJ bride I just want to caution you. The catering is the most expensive part. If those are the prices just to rend those places you may be going over budget. How many people are you looking to invite?

Post # 5
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

Welcome to the bee!

 

Horray for another bee with the same dislike of drop ceilings!!! That was my major sticking point with 99% of the venues we looked at! (I’m actually an architect so the similarity really is amusing)

 

Check out the grounds for sculpture. They are located outside Trenton, so it’s a little farther but an amazing space. We actually went to Pennsylvania to find what we wanted. Plus Jersey is just so stinking expensive.

Post # 7
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300 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

@kelena:  I’m getting married at the Silver Decoy Winery in Hightstown!  It’s $1000 until 9 and $200/hr after that (we’re staying until 11, so it’ll be $1400).  Includes tables and chairs, but that’s about it.  You can use whatever caterers/vendors you want, but I’m kinda wishing I’d gone with something all-inclusive.

Post # 8
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

@kelena:  Congrats on starting school soon. Where are you taking classes? I actually graduated college right before the economy tanked..iI worked for 9 months before I got laid off and then it took me 2+ years to get back into the industry.

 

All is great now and my company is swamped so hooray! haha.

 

I was also looking at some wineries and breweries as venues so try looking there as well!

 

Post # 11
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

@kelena:  I actually went to NJIT as well…welcome to the club! I’ll go back through my emails this weekend for you and see what other venues I was looking at. The issue with Northern NJ for us was that my family is from the Philly area so we didn’t like the idea of one side driving more than the other. So we ended up going to PA. 

 

How many people are you looking to have? Thats another way to keep costs down.

Post # 12
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: April 2015

We are possibly considering Courtyard on Main in Freehold. It’s a smaller venue (175 max) but it starts at $50pp, although that does not include alcohol, tax, or gratuity. We haven’t seen the space yet though, it’s just a consideration. 

Post # 13
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: April 2015

FH is a rutgers alum and I will be taking classes there this fall, so the gardens are also a possibility

Post # 16
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Bee Keeper

I’d like to offer you some perspective, since I went through this twice in under a year for my daughters. I’m in southern NJ.

 

 

 

Unless you get very lucky and find a caterer whose package includes everything in their per head price, be prepared to spend a ton on rentals. It turns out that doing everything through an all inclusive venue was much cheaper.

 

 

 

At one (all inclusive,hotel ballroom & garden), the per person price was $59.99, and it included the ceremony site (outside garden and gazebo and tenting), all food and drinks (open bar & cocktail hour food & drinks), tables,chairs & tablecloths (not chair covers if wanted), and cake. Centerpieces were not included, nor were (obviously), the DJ and photographer. (120 guests)

 

 

 

The other was a privately owned yacht club, and for the $5000. fee, it only included the site itself, tables,chairs and use of the kitchen. We also ony had it from 8am to 11pm, and it included no setup or cleanup (we were responsible for both). We had to rent dishes,glassware,flatware,outside chairs,all serving pieces,pitchers,s&p shakers,sugar bowls all serving flatware…..I bought tablecloths, napkins and chair covers. The caterer charged $70.pp and that did not include the seperate fees for the bartenders,servers and chefs.

 

 

 

We did our own centerpieces and ordered the cake seperately and the floral bill was minimal, but those overall added another $1500.

 

 

 

Our rentals were $1627., food was $7000., service staff was $2000., liquor bill was $1500. Taxes,service charges and gratuities were on top of that, so ala carte was definitely not the way to go if I compare the two weddings. (85 guests)

 

 

 

It was much easier for all involved to have the hotel wedding do most of the work, to be honest, so you might want to think about how to best save on your costs by thinking it all the way through.

 

 

 

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