CHEAP indoor event spaces near Southeast PA? Bring your own food?????

posted 3 months ago in Reception
Post # 2
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Bee Keeper

150 people? Indoors? In March…which is flu season? Potluck food? Likely served buffet-style? This is NOT gonna be pretty.

Post # 3
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Busy bee

150 people at a potluck wedding! ? What the… dont have a huge wedding if you can’t afford to host properly 

Post # 4
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Bumble bee

I’d suggest downsizing your wedding, for several reasons. Even if coronavirus and etiquette weren’t factors, the logistics of hosting a potluck wedding for 150 people are…challenging, to say the least. 

Post # 5
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2019 - City, State

You should ask for local recommendations on FB not an international board about receptions. A specific part of a specific state is a little too specific for this site. 

Post # 7
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Wannabee

How did fees make it go from $16 to $60?

I agree with the others that I would scale way down. but if you can’t do that for some crazy reason, just go through like Chipotle or similar catering, or a nice pizza place. (but have people serving, not a buffet. too many germs). For brunch, maybe Panera or something would work better?

Post # 8
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Bumble Beekeeper

The way things are going venues will still be operating at only partial capacity in March, so you’d potentially need to find a place that can accommodate 300 (including yourselves, staff and vendors) to invite 150. That won’t be cheap. And buffet-style or any open platters of food are likely to still be a no-go. Why does it have to be March? You’ll have a lot more options, including outdoor venues, and likely fewer health and safety concerns if you can wait until summer. If you really cannot wait I strongly suggest you significantly cut your guest list. Better to do it now than to have to worry about how to uninvite people and it sounds as if you can’t really afford to host that many people anyway.

Post # 10
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: City, State

I think 150 people indoors in March is not realistic. 

I would also advise prepacked individual pastries and not a serve yourself platter. 

Post # 11
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Bumble bee

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@Kaht: Generally parks allow you to bring your own food, but quite frankly I don’t think it’s responsible to host or attend a a 100 person event in March, even outdoors. Have you considered instead having a series of smaller celebratory brunches or dinners at various restaurants instead? Not only is it more in tune with the current crisis and less likely to be a superspreader event, you wouldn’t have to pay for a venue and the food would be better. 

Post # 12
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Newbee

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@Kaht:  we just had Olive Garden deliver! They set it up and comes with everything you need!  Affordable and easy and yummy! They even bring to go containers for leftovers. 

https://m.olivegarden.com/catering

Post # 13
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: June 2020

My friends wedding did chipotle and it was really good. I didn’t really care whether it was prime rib or chipotle because there was an open bar. I do agree with people saying that 150 people indoors in March is umm optimistic at best. Maybe March 2022? 

Post # 14
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2017

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@Kaht:  Admittedly, I don’t live in the area so I cannot provide any resources regarding venues. Just commenting to mention that it may be wise not to host such a large event in the near future because of the ongoing global pandemic and prioritizing your guest’s safety. 

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