Post # 1
Hi guys. I’m trying to decide if this is a good deal. We are planning a very low key wedding; more like a party then a reception. It’s at a ranch. Can have the (small) ceremony there, some decorations, sitting areas (not really tables and chairs for a seated dinner), taco bar, bring our own alcohol and can stay as late as we want. All for 80 people for $2800. So would you do it?
Post # 2
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
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
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.