(Closed) I don’t want a church reception but I can’t afford anything else *sniff*

posted 8 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
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Busy bee

Is there any way to lower your guest list? Or a family member that can host the party at their home? Or a local park you can rent/reserve and make own food?

Post # 4
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2011

Do any family members/friends have large yards where you could have your reception?

Any local parks? Public gardens? That you’d be able to use for a small donation?

Maybe if you order your food buffet style form a restaurant (rather than have a catering company come and set up) you could cut the cost a bit.

Post # 5
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

Have you tried your local community centers, parks or other independent banquet halls? Our venue lets you bring in your own caterer/food and drinks which is saving us a lot of money! In my hometown the city hall has a large room that can hold around 250 people and it only costs $300 for the whole weekend! Check neighboring towns as well. Where are you from?

Post # 6
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2011

What about waiting longer and saving up for what you really want? You say you want to get married in May, but your date on your profile is September? Do you have any deposits put down? If not, you can still change things to work with your budget, and if so, maybe you can work with those vendors to pick a different date.

Post # 7
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

Is there not a nice restaurant or hall that is in your budget? Or what about having a backyard reception? Don’t lose heart – there’s definitely options out there!

Post # 9
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Helper bee

ooo let me think for a minute, I’m from the Tidewater area! There has to be SOMETHING down there!

Post # 10
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: January 2011

Are you a member of a local country club? Normally they will allow you to use their space for free and then maybe do hors…

Post # 11
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

most public parks wont allow alcohol (at least here), so be careful going that route. and since you want a “classy” wedding, i don’t think it’d fit your theme. not sure how much research you’ve done but i’m having a similar problem. Future Mother-In-Law is a caterer but it’s hard to find somewhere that’ll do outside catering AND looks nice! what about vineyards? you should think about putting a mile radius limit on your search and seeing if you can find banquet halls in the surrounding area. but yeah… i don’t want to end up with a church reception either!!!

Post # 13
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2009

Please clarify, is your budget $5,000 for your reception or for your entire wedding/reception?  I got the impression it is for your entire wedding/reception.

Unfortunately, I think you may have to adjust your expectations a bit.  I had a church reception (heavy hors douerves) for 100 people on a total budget (wedding & reception) of $6,000.  You may be able to cut costs but 200 people for $5,000 will be very tight, especially if you don’t want a church reception and want to include alchohol!!!  You may need to look at raising your budget, cutting your guest list or changing your expectations.

Post # 16
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Helper bee

Check the Hilton Garden Inn Suffolk Waterfront. My Aunt got a pretty good deal there and is getting married there on Saturday!

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