(Closed) Tips for a budget wedding

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

@reedch:  It sounds like you have a lot of good connections already which is great!! We’re doing a budget wedding as well. To save on food we are having a cocktail hour receptions. Appetizers, wine and beer. We’re getting our alcohol from a company that buys back what ever you don’t use..Our list is about 150 and I have a caterer working on  app. list for 2000 or under which will include gratuity and tax. A lot of caters are willing to work with you. Depending on where you live it may be a trick to find a reception hall that allows you to bring in your own food. GL!

Post # 4
574 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2011

We did a picnic/BBQ reception and did it buffet style.  We found an out of the way catering compnay through going to Google maps and searching ‘catering’ around our address.  This helped us see local companies in our area that might be farther down on an actual Google search.

They also had dessert options with their meal choices, and one was cheesecake.  It was included in the price, so we used their cheesecake as our wedding cake, then made homemade cookies to supplement it.

Maybe there would be some out of the way companies in your area that would offer something similar?  Or friends who are starting up their own businesses are also great options.

Post # 7
2853 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

You could always look at restaurants that do events, or offsite catering. That’s sometimes a good way to control the food costs.

You could also consider a sunday or brunch wedding. In our area, evenings are actually more expensive. Plus with a brunch, you will probably use less alcohol (if you choose to provide it at all) and there are unique options like a coffee or mimosa bar.

Post # 8
2755 posts
Sugar bee

Most people associate evening weddings with dinner, so I’d strongly suggest an afternoon or even late morning wedding if you’re going to do just a dessert reception. That way your guests don’t have to figure out how to get dinner on their own. Or, there are lots of casual/low-cost options you can try for food if you are set on evening — like PP said, buffets are often far more cost-effective. Also stations, which can be fun because you can offer different styles like pasta and Asian food.

Post # 9
2755 posts
Sugar bee

Not having alcohol will save you a TON! We’re probably going with a 2-hour wine/beer/soda only option to cut down on expenses!

Also, keep in mind if you’re having a lot of child attendees that often their meals will be discounted so the quoted price you see on catering websites is generally the standard adult and children’s will be lower.

Post # 10
7679 posts
Bumble Beekeeper

Generally it is the venue and the food that cost the most.  Do you have a venue for the reception that you have in mind?  Would you have an outdoor reception-at a park for example?


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