(Closed) Over budget and havent even started.

posted 8 years ago in Money
Post # 3
3176 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

Is it too late to back out of the venue? I did a lot of research before choosing mine and was super close to picking one until I realized the drink costs. If you can’t then cutting the guest list is really the best bet.

Post # 4
369 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

You could also cut the soda.  I know it sounds terrible, but I have been to many a wedding that didn’t have soda, and hardly anyone noticed!  In fact, most weddings I have been to serve water and ice tea, as opposed to soda.  Just a thought. 

Post # 5
4547 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

Those drink costs can be crazy! I remember finding a few venues that looked great price-wise, until we found out they wanted $5 an hour for soda! Ridiculous! If your parents seem fine with it and you LOVE the venue and don’t want to switch, then maybe just try not to worry about it? You could always cut your guest list or change your venue. I know our venue doesn’t charge for soda and there drinks are very reasonable, which was a HUGE advantage they had when we were picking a venue.

Post # 6
613 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2009

are you sure youre reading the menu correctly?  when i was estimating costs at my venue, i found out i was reading the pricing structure wrong.

call the catering manager and go over options before deciding to eat the $3k.  $6 per person per hour JUST for soft drinks seems unreasonable.  All beverages were included in our bar package (water, soda, juice, beer, wine, liquor).  Maybe its just $6 if you elect not to go with a bar package.

Post # 8
529 posts
Busy bee

I agree that you should talk to your caterer. I’m not sure I would even notice if there wasn’t an option for soft drinks – most people are wearing nice clothes they don’t want to spill anything on and stick to alcohol or water! Maybe you could offer a signature non-alcoholic drink that is less expensive, like lemonade or ice tea. Another option if your caterer allows it is to bring in bottles – and if not, include them in Out of Town bags or call them a favor (lol)! I wouldn’t stress – 99% of your guests won’t miss it and the 1% that do can find a vending machine on the way home!

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