(Closed) reception – hiring a hall- no clue what im doing!

posted 9 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
1486 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

I’ve been to a nyumber of weddings with paper plates and plastic cutlery – just make sure to get the pretty ones rather than the plain ones! You can also check out rentals in your area and online but they can be pretty expensive, though I guess it depends on the number of people going – the other thing to think about with rentals is the cleaning. And seriously, no one is really going to be paying attention to your plates and forks and napkins.

I like your half-irish half-caribbean theme, that sounds fun! Fiance and I are having two buffets, one with his favorite food and one with mine, so it’s kind of a similar concept. I think it’s a cool way to reflect the personality of the bride and groom through the food.

Post # 4
2127 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2012 - Southern California

We had “fancy” plastic cutlery & it worked :].  How fancy/laid back will your wedding be?  At Party City they have every sort of disposable plate in almost every color haha.

DH & I served Mexican food at our wedding because it’s our favorite!  ..& we’re both white!  Everyone loved the food & as far as I know, no one thougt it was tacky.

Post # 6
13 posts
  • Wedding: February 2014

I think if you are going to have it at all hall, when the entire event is DIY you may want to create an estimated budget before confirming the hall. Many cost effective DIY projects can quickly add up. For instance at a venue you may pay more but it includes chairs, tables, covers etc. 

Have you thought of the theme as a backyard wedding. My friend done this (she is also very crafty) and the fact it was set as a laid back, backyard wedding the paper/plastic plates, knives etc matched the theme. 

You could also have two separate catering stations to show the two cultures coming together. 

I think as long as you have the theme throughout (so from the engagement party, to invites, reception) then it will go. If you have fancy invites and then casual dining, it tends not to work. 

If you are considering a hall, have you considered your own house (or your parents) anyone who will let you have the reception there? You could store pre-arranged food, your cake etc, so that there is minimal work for you to do on the day. 

If you ahead with the hall, if it is affordable i suggest hirin it out the day before and after. The day before to setup and the day after to pull down. These are costs that most people don’t think of that are also included at a venue. 

Hope this helps 

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