(Closed) Venue has minimum….I'm paying for empty seats

posted 6 years ago in Reception
  • poll: DO I pay for empty seats or try to find people to attend?
    Pay for the empty seats : (1 votes)
    2 %
    Invite some more people : (45 votes)
    98 %
  • Post # 3
    4352 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: August 2013

    @MrsTimmy:  I would ask your Fiance, Future In-Laws and parents if there are any guests they would like to invite. Send out the invitations as soon as possible and set a second RSVP date for them.

    Post # 5
    136 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: September 2012

    Ask your venue if you can spend on more expensive items rather than the per person minimum. For example, instead of $25 on 60 people, $50/head on 30 people. At least you are getting something for your money then and the venue still makes the same amount they wanted to.

    Post # 6
    790 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: November 2012

    Is it a food and beverage minimum that’s pegged to 50 people? If so, can you upgrade the food and/or bar offerings? It’s not uncommon to upgrade food and drinks to meet a minimum.

    Post # 7
    1318 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: October 2012

    @KLDMLO:  +1!! That’s what we did with my venue!

    Post # 9
    3461 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: May 2012

    We had that happen to us.  Also see if your vendor meals will count to the minimum (they should, even though it means a pricer plate for them than they might otherwise have). 

    Post # 11
    11747 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: November 1999

    You’re still far enough out that it’s appropriate to send out more invites.  Or, ask to upgrade (premium bar, more food?)

    Post # 12
    1975 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: November 2013

    following thread as i am in the same boat 🙁

    Post # 13
    1357 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: October 2012

    Our plan if we don’t hit the minimum, besides inviting a few more people, is breaking out the top shelf booze and the crab hors d’oeuvres. Does your venue have any options to scale up? This is your chance to have a super classy party with some of the pricy stuff most people dream about! 

    Post # 14
    134 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: June 2013

    At my hall, if I don’t meet the minimum, I need to pay a (significantly) discounted amount per person.

    Is that the case for you? If not, any you have a standard price per head, I would request that the hall cook the additional food (for the empty seats), and provide you the food to be taken home at the end of the night.

    Post # 15
    3625 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: June 2012

    Since you still have time, I would just add more people. You already have to pay for the empty seats and unless you have to pay a lot more for non-venue-related expenses (e.g. do you need more centerpieces?), I think you should just invite more people. I wouldn’t invite people just to invite people, but if there are acquaintances that you wouldn’t mind seeing, then I would just invite them.

    Can these “seats” be re-allocate? For example, we were under for our count to the caterer but the food had already been purchased and the contract said we were stuck. So we didn’t pay for vendor meals and just gave the vendors the paid meals (not that they sat at an actual table).

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