(Closed) HELP! Budget Crisis!!

posted 8 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
8736 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2011

@kwebb: Honestly, I’d tell your parents that if they want to invite that many more people, they need to pick up the bill for those extras.

Post # 5
352 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

@kwebb:This is where the line is drawn :-/ Unfortunately when someone else is paying, they DO get some say in what goes. If it’s possible, ask your parents to cut that list down a bit, otherwise, make cuts elsewhere.

Post # 6
3788 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

I honetly think you’ll be OK. It’s really not that bad. We did our own food, and my Mother-In-Law does food for church banquets all the time, regularly feeding crowds of 125+. Once you start cooking in bulk, it’s really not that bad to add more to your existing meal design. We had enough food for 100 people, easily, and we spent about $400. It’s a lot of work, and we had gracious family friends spearhead cooking/serving the day of, but it can definitely be done. Good luck! I think it will be a lot easier to stretch a 1K budget for that many people by doing the food yourself than by trying to find a caterer.

The issue of your parents inviting 100 extra people; well, that’s another story.

Post # 7
2 posts
  • Wedding: August 2011

I’m getting married this weekend at an at-home ceremony and we are only expecting about 50-60 people. Our budget is so tiny . Here’s what I’m doing :

-Making a huge salad and will throw on top craisans (cranberry-raisins), feta cheese, tomatoes and maybe some sunflower seeds with raspberryItalian dressing.

-Breadsticks and lots of rolls with butter (filling)

-Provolone cheese and cheddar cheese and cracker platter with a relish dish of mini tomatoes, olives, grapes and pickles

-Chips and dip

-Then I’m having several catered size dishes of pasta delivered right before the ceremony and then will serve them right after. The pasta is about $3.50 per person.

I expect the food will only cost about $225-$250. Italian is tastey, filling and inexpensive. The booze on the other-hand.. yikes. Expensive!

Post # 8
184 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

@kwebb: this is a running problem for weddings on a budget. i do think if your parents want to add that many people you need to talk to them about how you will cater for them. 

however have you thought about asking your guests to bring a dish? its becomming quite common here and its a lovely way for people to share in the day. If everyone brings something you will have plenty of food.

just ask mum to co-ordinate who is brining what so you get a good variety :0)

Post # 9
417 posts
Helper bee

I agree about talking this over with your parents. Explain to them that 100 extra people will make you go over your budget and if they absolutley want these people at the wedding then they will have to pay the difference. 

Post # 10
405 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: February 2012

wow… see if your parents can cut down the list of extras to a bare minimun and explain your bdget restrictions to them.. good luck!

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