- 8 years ago
- Wedding: June 2005
I’m helping my brother’s fiance plan their wedding and they are in love with this one venue that is very expensive. They have a nice budget to work with but the venue fee is crazy expensive and the venue itself requires that they rent tables, chairs, plates, silverware, etc. and do sound and lighting…so that all cuts into their budget.
I was trying to offer up suggestions on how to keep their wedding within budget and still be very nice. I suggested that they could do a heavy appetizer style wedding with appetizers and desserts without serving a formal dinner. Can this be done and have the wedding still look very classy and unique without looking like they are being cheap? If they were to serve a full dinner, to stay within budget, there would be a very minimal cocktail hour with just passed appetizers, no stations, and a 3 course meal with no choice of entree. This is a Saturday night affair in NYC at a high end place, so it would be best if the food matched the environment and was very high end as well. How do you set up tables? Do you do assigned tables or not? She likes the idea of having lounge furniture and making a club like atmosphere but I would think people would want a place to know that they can call their seat. They are among the last of their friends to get married and everyone’s weddings all start to seem like the same thing so it would be cool if theirs was a bit unique. I wouldn’t want people to think that they need to eat before they come, and would think that there will be enough food to satisfy even the hungriest person. The caterer also said that they have done events where they pass out small plated meals tapas style. Has this ever been done, and how do you do it right so that it doesn’t look cheap?