(Closed) Low Budget Reception Venue- Opinions?

posted 6 years ago in Reception
  • poll: What would you do with a small budget?
    Go for the inexpensive venue and take my chances on the little extras. : (6 votes)
    29 %
    Go with a higher per person cost for the sake of not having to deal with outsourcing. : (10 votes)
    48 %
    Invite fewer guests. : (5 votes)
    24 %
    Other: specify in your comment : (0 votes)
  • Post # 3
    16213 posts
    Honey Beekeeper

    I can’t totally answer your question because this isn’t the route we went, but I did want to mention that you should consider saving yourself stress anywhere possible.

    We had a higher-end reception venue and while expensive, it included ALL of the little extras. So while not saving us money, it did save us stress. 🙂

    Post # 5
    1810 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: May 2012

    @Gemstone:  This! I completly agree. And I didn’t go the route you are considering, I did go with the route of $60 per person, but it included EVERYTHING. Set up, break down, linens, cocktail hour, 3-course plated dinner, wedding cake, open bar, and little centerpieces consisting of mirror and candles (I added more to that). In the end, it was great because I didn’t have so much stress and the venue was BEAUTIFUL!


    Post # 6
    9550 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: August 2013

    I would definately do the ceremony and pictures elsewhere so that you can enjoy your full reception, but other than that I think it sounds like a steal! It may take some extra work to get all the details together, but you’ve got a year!

    Post # 7
    339 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: August 2013

    I am going with a mid-priced reception hall—-but it is GORGEOUS.  so gorgeous in fact, that I do not have to do ANY decorating.  None.  No flowers, no centerpieces (they have a beauuuutiful candle/candelabra), and no chair covers.  I AM SAVING A FORTUNE by paying slightly higher per person.  If I went with a place that had a cheaper per person price and no decorations, I’d be paying probably closer to $1000 in flowers, plus costs of linens/chair covers, and little decoration items.  Our base per person is $24.95, and its $14.95 pp for open bar if we go that route, but it will still save us a bundle of money.  We’re looking to spend no more than $8,000 total.  Hope this helps!!

    Post # 8
    1043 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: November 2012

    I once went to a wedding held in a school gym.  Seriously.  But you know what, it looked amazing and I didn’t even notice the basketball hoops (ha) until I was leaving.  The bride used beautiful details to keep our eyes off the walls and ceiling.  She had gorgeous and tall centerpieces and the uplighting was incredible.

    My personal advice, since our budget has gotten out of control (double) what it started out as, if you can get a bargain at a venue that you like with only minor concerns, do it!  And the one thing I’d recommend splurging on, just a little bit, would be uplighting.  Professionals can use lighting inside and outside to vastly improve those minor things you want to hide.  

    Post # 9
    1217 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: November 2012

    @Luv2BeachIt:  Agreed!!! If you can get a bargain, do it! There’s no reason you NEED to spend most of your budget on venue, when you could spend it on things the guests will enjoy more directly. Plus, let me tell you, on top of the venue/food/alcohol, the other things do add up, so choose your venue wisely!

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