(Closed) Need some advice on engagement dinner. Don't want to come off cheap.

posted 6 years ago in Dress
Post # 4
951 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

Ask if you can bring your own cake from an outside baker. You could probably get a decent cake for $3-4 a slice which will save you quite a bit. Hopefully as a friend he will allow you to do this as long as you order apps and mains from the restaurant.

Another idea is to do apps for the tables instead of having it on the menu. So a table of 6 would get 3 different pre-selected appetizers they can all share. Then each person can choose from 2 or 3 options on mains. Make sure one option is a pasta option as that will be cheaper and can hopefully bring your average bill down.

Post # 5
2324 posts
Buzzing bee

Maybe even ask for a ‘special’ banquet menu – lots of plates in the middle – this is generally c less expensive option & can work quite well with groups.

Withthe cake you can simple say that your mum REALLLYYY wants to buy the engagement cake.

Post # 6
4755 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

Sit down and be honest with him and see if you can find some middle ground where its not the cheapest shit, but it’s not breaking your bank.

Post # 8
2324 posts
Buzzing bee

@sruan:  this may sound obvious, but how about chatting to him about it. Not being cheap. But honest. Ask him for suggestions –  i’ve got $x amount to play with per person, i know your mains are little more expensive (but are AMAZING) , but how about a banquet? There would be less preparation in the ‘plating ‘ of the food & my guests ‘would love that style’ At the end fo the day, what you don’t want is a massive bill that you weren’t expecting. You are better off knowing EXACTLy what you are in for rather than ‘hoping’ he *may* pay for the drinks.

he can then guide you on what food woudl be best / is available / or i dare say it, within budget.

Let us know how you go!!

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