(Closed) Reception advice please!

posted 7 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

Have you thought about having a backyard reception?  Or even a pot luck one?  I have been to some really fun ones. 

Post # 4
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Honey bee

The first questions are

How limited budget?

How many people?

Post # 6
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

Not to be negative, but 250 people for 1,000?  I would say that you have a small courthouse wedding like Mrs.Mary Jane.  Check out her blogs about her wedding.  Small, intimate, it was about her and her man getting married, not about the money or the amount of people there.  You can always have a big vow renewal when you and your Fiance can afford to host that many people.

They did a picnic instead of a traditional reception and you could always get a public space and throw a potluck party (see if you can have a family member host it in your honor), and do that to get everyone together after the ceremony.

 

http://www.weddingbee.com/2009/11/09/the-final-mary-jane-budget/#more-117245

Post # 8
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Honey bee

A justice of the peace or other minister is going to cost about $200, unless you can get someont to get certified to marry you.  A church will typically also charge hundreds.

I think asking someone to get the right qualifications will save a lot of money.

Also think about a simple cake and punch reception somewhere because 250 is a lot of people and once you consider cake, utensils, napkins, cups, your dress, rings marriage certificate fee, any decoration, does he need a suit? It will very quickly use up what you have.

Does a friend have a backyard that is not downhill you can use?

Its not that you cant do this, but that is a lot of people for that budget.

Post # 9
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

I am positive that you should consider:

a free venue- someone else’s yard or any public venue that is available at no cost

punch and cake at the most if you are supplying refreshments

a no- host picnic or pot luck if you have parents, or other family who will host for you.

Post # 10
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

I agree with lefeymw.  You can get someone to get certified to marry you for about $30.  Maybe try getting married at a park?  I dunno if that would cost alot of $$?  Everyone can stand since chair rentals are expensive.  I think if you had afternoon cake and punch that would fit your budget.  You can get cake from Sam’s club or the grocery store (some are really yummy!) and make your own punch.  Good luck!  

Post # 11
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

Okay, so I hate to ask, but where in Ohio do you live? I live in Columbus and the costs are extremely expensive here. I am getting married in Southeastern Ohio where things are much cheaper, mostly the food. If you want to save some money, maybe you could get married at the Courthouse, it costs $25.00 to do that in Franklin County and then just have a very informal party to celebrate. You and some family and friends could make the food and you can decorate simply.

Post # 12
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Sugar bee

A cake and punch reception is do able on that budget. Just be sure to not have it over a meal time and that it will last a couple of hours max.

Also is there a happy medium somewhere I can’t believe that you have to invite all 250 people there must be another line that can be drawn somewhere since your finances are so tight.

Post # 13
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Sugar bee

A cake and punch reception is do able on that budget. Just be sure to not have it over a meal time and that it will last a couple of hours max.

Also is there a happy medium somewhere I can’t believe that you have to invite all 250 people there must be another line that can be drawn somewhere since your finances are so tight.

Post # 14
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

In the 250 people you hope to invite, there must be at least one who can take decent pictures, make a tasty cake, or know how to handle an Ipod. Try to enlist the help of your family and friends for the big things. For instance, for our wedding gift, a friend has asked her mom to take our photos (she is a photographer), my Mother-In-Law bought my dress, we were given family rings, etc. A friend even offered us their backyard to hold our reception. I totally agree with you that it’s the people that matter most, and I’m sure many would be willing to lend a hand.

 

Good luck!

EDIT: We had a certified lawyer officiate our legal ceremony for $50. Originally though, we planned to have DH’s brother officiate which also would have been far less expensive (and more memorable, IMO) than using the JoP.

Post # 15
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

You can have everyone at your wedding at your home/yard or someone else’s home/yard for free and have people “gift” you the food and beverages in lieu of a wedding gift.  Not everone has to bring food.  Only a few key people need to pay for and prepare/buy the food and beverages you need for the guests at your reception.  Have someone to get certified to marry you and the expense they pay for that would also be a “gift” to you.  Have different people “gift” you different things, decorations, dj/band, wedding cake/cupcakes, etc.  Out of 250 guests you would need less than 50 to gift you what you would need to pull of a wonderful/memorable wedding.

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