4,000 Dollars??

posted 3 years ago in Decor
Post # 2
727 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2018 - Farm

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hayleyshaye :  This sounds like a very good deal. How many guest are you planning to have? It sounds like they will cover a lot for that price. I went with an event planning company.  They provided photography, cake, bartenders, servers, catering, clean up and a DOC. I just paid for a DJ, videography, venue and officiant seperately. It saved me a lot of time and money. Will you have to provide alcohol or will you be having a dry wedding? If you can provide the alcohol it may be cheaper to do it and have them serve it by adding on a bartender. Have you found a venue?

Post # 3
5170 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: July 2018

You haven’t even mentioned how many people the catering is for, how can we tell you if it’s a good deal or not?

Post # 5
7806 posts
Bumble Beekeeper

Even without the flowers and decor, that’s $57 pp for dinner and dessert. That’s an AMAZING deal. 

eta – another huge plus, is the clean up. Setting up decor AND taking it down is quite a lifesaver.

Post # 6
1437 posts
Bumble bee

If i were you i would want photos of the exact centerpieces and decor they were going to provide including how many. It would suck to show up to crappy decor or like 1 centerpiece on the main food table. As long as you can see before hand the decor, have it in writing what exactly they are providing so you don’t get suprised, i think its a great idea. 

Personally the best wedding I ever went to started serving dinner right when the reception started so speeches etc were while we already had food. That made all the difference as no one wants to wait for food at the reception and nothing makes speeches more annoying and not fun to listen to, then when you know you have to wait for them to be over to get your food. The other thing that made this wedding the best was about an hour after all dinner food was cleared up, they had a small table with sliders and motzerella sticks open the rest of the night for guests. Kept people less drunk and had them stay longer bc there was food. So as long as you have enough food basically people are happy haha. 

Post # 7
1335 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2019 - City, State

I would kill for that price, lol.  if you think they are a reputable company, I think that sounds awesome.

Post # 8
1378 posts
Bumble bee

Honestly at that price I would be a little skeptical. Have you read the fine print? is $4000 for 70 people? Or is $4000 for like 20 people and you have to pay more if you have more people? I agree with the PP who recommended you take a look at the centerpieces, bouquets, and other decor. What if you want to switch anything out? Can you select the food choices? It says it includes linens, but does it include tables and chairs? 

Is the entire event four hours, from start of ceremony to end of reception? That seems a little short; are you okay with that? Can you extend the time, and if so, how much would it cost? I would research this company very carefully and try to find pictures and reviews online of weddings they’ve done before. That price is very very far below what is typical in my area, though I am in a large city in the NE USA. If you’re in rural Missouri or something, maybe that pricing is more typical.

Post # 9
2036 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2019

This sounds too good to be true lol I am super jealous!

Post # 10
199 posts
Blushing bee

$4,000 for all of that?! It’s a killer deal!!! Make sure you ask them for photos of events they’ve provided those services to so you can make sure their quality is good.

Post # 12
559 posts
Busy bee

This sounds like an awesome deal and it’s going to save you a ton of stress. Also, the photos are gorgeous!

Post # 13
613 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2019

What!!! My god! We paid around $7,000 just for Decor & Flowers for a 120 guest wedding. Catering NOT included.

It sounds like an amazing deal but do all the relevant due diligance, research the company, read and re read the contract and ask them for some pics etc of previous weddings.

Otherwise go you for finding such a good deal!

Post # 14
405 posts
Helper bee

It appears to be a good deal, but you absolutely must ask them for references from couples who used them for weddings the size of yours.

looked at their Instagram and while some of their photos posted are beautiful, they look to be for smaller scale events, and do not show the caliber of their work.

You will want to understand how much food they provide per person, what options are available, what equipment they use to display and serve. Get more photos of actual events. 

I would also find out more about their business – here’s a quick list of things you May want to ask:

– how long they have been doing this

– team size, credentials (culinary, food safety)

– can they accommodate dietary restrictions and allergies

– where they source product (what do they make from scratch vs buy)

– do they own decor that you are choosing from, or rent to fulfill your vision

– where are there cooking facilities (commercial kitchen or other)

– number of staff onsite for the event

– if they are providing the wedding cake, how many tiers are they including and what design and flavour options are available (I ask because Instagram shows a look of cakes c. 2014 … were they a bakery that evolved to catering?)

finally, when reviewing your contract look for any fine print around extra charges, including per person if you increase headcount.


good luck & keep us posted on the tasting!


Post # 15
5891 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: January 2017

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j3n12345 :  meh. For $4000 you can’t have crazy high expectations/ must stay realistic. 

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