Post # 1
My husband and I got married on 9-10-11 and had a VERY small (21 people) wedding in my parent’s backyard. We are looking to have a bigger reception on June 30th in Fort Worth (or somewhere in the area…). We have a teeny budget of $3000 and will have between 75 and 100 people. We aren’t looking to dazzle and go overboard – but would like something nice – dinner or at least nicer “finger” foods and simple decorations (we have some from the wedding and I’m willing to be crafty and have friends/family to pitch in). I’m struggling to find a place to accommodate this number and still be able to afford food and a (small, simple) cake… ANY suggestions or ideas would be very helpful!! I keep finding places we can afford – but leaves us no money for anything else!! We’ll want to have booze (everyone is nicer with wine 🙂 hehe) and some kind of food- music, but even a plug for an ipod will work! HELP!! Thank you!!! (oh, and it has to be kid friendly…with our siblings and our own- there will be at least 9 kids!!
Post # 3
Have you looked at either off beat places (small local museums, I found a couple that were reasonable in my area) or parks (rent a pavilion and do something outdoorsy and casual) or off peak times? Maybe a friday night or Sunday late afternoon in hotel convention space?
Post # 4
Do you have a family friend with space? That’s going to be your cheapest option and give you the ability to do cheaper things (like buy your own alcohol and hire a different caterer)
For booze if you can find a place that will allow it you can do self serve beer and wine. Purchasing through Sam’s Club or http://www.bevmo.com//Default.aspx is the cheapest!
Post # 5
If you have a HyVee grocery store in your area, I highly recommend them for catering. Their food and service is amazing and the prices were cheaper than anything around. I wrote a great review of them a few months ago after they catered our wedding. I just can’t say enough good things about them.
Post # 6
Can you do fajitas? Alcohol can be simply beer & margaritas. It’d be kid friendly food.
Post # 7
I live in Boston and my reception will cost $3000. I am having an open bar with beer, wine and soft drinks. We are having hot passed apps. 10 different kinds so that everybody can find something they like.
I am sure in TX things have to be less expensive than Boston, good luck!
Post # 8
Do you have any halls near you. We have quite a few “Eagle, Mooselodge, and Sons of Norways” around us. Then you just pay for the rental – Under $500. You are then free to bring in your our food and booze.
Post # 9
Thank you everyone for your ideas and suggestions!! I was getting panicky..but you all have me thinking “outside the box” now – I think we can get this thing pulled off 🙂 (fingers crossed…) Thank you again!!!
Post # 10
Also think about local restaurants that you like, they might actually cater as well. Not always alcohol, but still food. 🙂
Post # 11
For cake, check out reviews of your local grocery stores. You can add fresh flowers to make it look special. I agree about using bevmo for alcohol. They have great wine sales!
You can totally do this!!!
Post # 12
I second the local parks. My town has a lot of small parks that rent for weddings at very affordable prices. You can make edible favors yourself. Something like cake pops or cookies wrapped as a favor. Simple decor like white vases that family members might be able to supply or you might have already or mason jars with a few flowers in them can actually be very pretty. Or a wood slice (we cut down a dying tree in our back yard, so free for us) with some clusters of candles on it and a few flower heads would be pretty.
There is a BBQ place that I love in my area that I actually saw were at a bridal fair. So, I think they cater a lot of weddings. I love the idea of a backyard BBQ for a wedding. So, definitely look at area restaurants like that.
Post # 13
Im getting married in Mesquite, TX. It is an all inclusive venue. Maybe you can look at places like that also. Mine ran a little over 3K but that was with taxes included and the venue includes the food, tables, chairs, linens, centerpieces, ALSO a DJ! They have different packages for different budgets. Heres the website if you are interested:
Post # 14
@shinycheryl: Sam’s Club has the best cake and it is super cheap!
Post # 15
This might totally be extreme, but… have you considered a brunch? They tend to be a lot less expensive than dinners… For us, that was a bonus: we wanted a brunch just cause we LIKE brunch! 🙂 Mind you, we’re only providing mimosas and poinsenttias (alcoholic and non). There will be wine available, but mostly just because we happen to be at a winery–but we’re really not expecting a lot of people to imbibe at that time of day…
Post # 16
Maybe a barbecue with nicer sides, lawn games for entertainment and music?