(Closed) Stressed Out From Trying to Decide on A Reception Place!!!!!

posted 6 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
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Buzzing bee

Have you thought about having something that starts after dinner and then offering only finger foods (chicken fingers, etc.). This allowed them to have an open bar for their 200 person wedding. They just put on their invitations “due to the late start of our wedding, we expect people to have had dinner beforehand” (or something like that)

Post # 4
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

My wedding will be ending at 10pm.  Not ideal but it is what it is.  It’s a Sunday wedding.  We thought about paying the extra $70 to extend it to 11pm but really don’t see the need.  It will be a long day for most already anyway.

I think maybe if you can find a place where you can bring in your own catering you can find maybe a restaurant that would cater just the food for you at a good price: say main, 2 sides and salad or some type of BBQ or Italian menu.  For us, it was important we found a place that was reasonabe and in our budget so we went with a hall rental and found our own vendors.  Even some DIY, like providing your own alcohol could drive costs down.  Good luck.

Post # 5
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Newbee
  • Wedding: August 2014

If you’re worried about the reception ending too soon, find a hotel that has a bar and keep the party going! My sisters did theirs at their weddings and it actually one of the most memorable parts of their nights- lots of intimate conversations. We are also having a shorter reception due to budget and are trying to find a hotel for guests to stay in that had a bar so we can do this as well. People buy their own drinks so its free! 

Post # 6
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Newbee
  • Wedding: August 2014

Sorry all the typos, on my phone… Another thing- we are on a budget very similar to yours and found a caterer that is willing to work with us, provides all service tableware food and alcohol in price. This takes a lot of stress off the DIY route and also is very cost effective. They are also giving us the option of bringing our own alcohol which could help cost 

Post # 9
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

Ours is ending at 10:30 and then we’re heading to the bar…but we’re in a city where everything is walk-able.

Post # 10
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Newbee
  • Wedding: August 2014

@Peather2013:  I’m glad you found it to be a good solution!

Post # 11
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Newbee
  • Wedding: August 2014

Did you find a new reception spot that you like?

Post # 12
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2014

I feel your pain, we were having a hard time deciding on what to do. Our budget is around $14,000 for the wedding, and another $6,000 for the honeymoon.

We had a few qualifications that rules ALOT of places out :

– We wanted to cater our own alcohol

– We wanted candles, lots of candles.

– We wanted to cater our own food.

– It doesn’t cost an arm and a leg.

It was seriously giving me a headache finding somewhere to have the wedding, we eventually settled but I’m quite pleased with the building. I think it will decorate up nicely, + it has an extra patio for the smokers [so they aren’t smoking in the entrance].

Parks are a great place to look for sheltered buildings, and they are normally pretty cheap. Also check our historical houses, some of those that are owned by towns are remotely cheap. You could also look into bed & breakfasts [this was our first choice].

How large is the building you are looking into? Our building is 40×60, and seats 300.

Post # 14
Hostess
8576 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2014

@Peather2013:  Is it possible you could set up a small tent outside and get a heater for it if need be?

It’d give you extra room for a dance floor or w/e the case may be.

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