Is this a good deal?

posted 2 years ago in Venue
Post # 2
3196 posts
Sugar bee

I looked at some ranches, but ultimately went in another direction. Some things to consider:

  • Are there sufficient bathrooms or do you need to rent fancy port a potties (expensive)?
  • Are there chairs for the ceremony and the reception? Or will someone need to relocate the chairs for reuse? WHo will do that
  • Is there lighting or do you need to bring in lighting (also expensive)?
  • Is there sufficient power for the DJ or band? If not, this gets expensive.
  • Do you have to bring in your own microphone for the ceremony? Even for a small 80-person ceremony, you’ll need a mike outside so make sure you ask your DJ/band to include it in their price proposal.
  • Is dishware, glassware, and linens included? Bars? Ice? 
  • Are servers, bartenders and clean up included or do you have to hire that separately?
  • Who is going to cut and serve the cake? Cost?
  • What are the insurance requirements? If it’s BYOB, you’ll want event insurance to cover you for liquor liability (drunk drivers and slip/falls)? My policy cost about $400. Note, Wedsafe and similar cheap policies are crap policies not worth the paper they are written on.

These are the things I can think of off the top of my head. If I think of more, I’ll post them.

Post # 3
664 posts
Busy bee

Depends on your area and what comes with the price. If I understand you correctly, is that $2800 the price for the tacos and site plus a little bit of decor?

A reputable all you can eat taco cart in my area (LA) is generally $10+ per person. That means you have a site fee of around $2000, which isn’t bad. Around here, it’s cheaper than average, which often means few luxuries and less fancy settings. It sounds like you’ll have to spend a fair amount on decor and rentals but the BYOB savings can be huge. All in all, if you were in my area, I’d say it’s a pretty good deal if you’re willing to put in some work to the event. 

Post # 4
2539 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2018

zl27 :  all of that

Also OP, “sitting areas (not really tables and chairs for a seated dinner)” You really need to have seating for people to eat. Sorry but I wouldn’t be cool with standing and eating tacos and 80 people is still a moderate size. You need to seat them. 

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