(Closed) The thought of spending so much for the reception is feaking me out

posted 7 years ago in Money
Post # 3
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1925 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

I’m having the same problem!  We’re thinking around 60-70 people and staying under $5000 is nearly impossible.  *sigh*

Post # 4
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1750 posts
Buzzing bee

@sexxysheddy:Its just a proposal. Put on your big girl panties, a poker face and negotiate! They are not going to refuse the money. You can do it!

Post # 5
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647 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

@sexxysheddy: If you’re doing a Sunday wedding, why not have brunch instead of dinner?  Venues are more likely to be flexible about pricing and minimums if you’re having the party early in the day.  I’d love to go to a brunch wedding!

Post # 6
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319 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: January 2012

@gcwest:

@sexxysheddy:

I’m doing a Sunday Brunch reception and food is $20/head! Granted I’m in a less expensive market and the place is not all inclusive or glamorous (it’s a golf course) but it is lovely, the food is good and we’re doing our whole 150 person wedding for under $7k.

You can do it dear! I have faith in you.

Post # 8
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2158 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

Are you set on an all inclusive place?  I have found a lot of nice halls in my area that can be rented for around $500-1000 and you bring in your own caterer, and the caterers I’ve found with really good food are around $35 a head.  that way you can DIY your decorations and save a ton of money

Post # 9
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1089 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2013

I have that problem. That is why it took us so long to finally set a date and even then I still haven’t booked anything because I really don’t want to spend that much money. And we are having like 40 people…. *sigh*

 

Post # 10
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319 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: January 2012

@sexxysheddy: Yes! I’m surprised how ready I feel… I still have some projects to get done, but all the details are set and I’m just bursting at the seams waiting. You’ll get there too, just take deep breaths.

I second Adnama’s idea to find an inexpensive hall and get your own caterer, that can be a big budget saver.

Post # 15
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893 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

@sexxysheddy:  I feel ya!  I’m on the same boat.  It’s almost overwhelming at times finding out how expensive things are.  

Post # 16
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1238 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

Don’t commit to anything if you feel uncomfortable about it!! You’ve still got time to research more and find a better deal.

I’ll second the motions to move it to a morning ceremony and brunch reception, and renting a hall yourself and getting a caterer. You will save tons!

We are having 80 guests for the ceremony and dinner and then inviting about 30 more friends to come for the dance in the evening. It’s buffet and all in one location on the water, and we are doing everything (honeymoon included) for under 10K!

Remember, unless it’s really frowned upon in your family/cuture/location, you can strongly suggest to your guests that you prefer $$ over gifts, to cover the dinner costs. It’s becoming more common, and anyone who loves you wouldn’t want to put you into debt over your wedding. So in the end you might break even, who knows?

but don’t sign that contract without flexibility or an “escape clause” if you find something else (within an agreed upon time frame).

 

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