Is there any way that I can do a wedding reception for under $1,500.00, including hall, DJ, decorations and maybe fit in a caterer in that list? Please respond. I'm trying to do for the summer. Thanks
By Sharon, Ky
"I catered a wedding for an acquaintance and set my price at $250.00. Here's what I served: 200 Ham Biscuits, 96 mini croissants with Tuna salad and chicken salad, 2 Large fruit trays with extra refill, 2 Large Vegetable trays with refill ranch dip, dill dip, fruit dip and pineapple fruit dip, chocolate fondue, and a few added things like Mexican dip and tortillas, 2 crock pots of BBQ meatballs, and a large batch of sausage balls. Enough to fill an 8 foot table twice. Had to comparison shop for best prices and do all my cooking, cutting and make from scratch rather than buy ready made, but I stayed within my budget. She was so pleased she paid me an extra $250. MY POINT: Receptions don't HAVE to cost a fortune if you watch your Ps and Qs." (04/24/2005)
Because we saved money with the location we were able to get beautiful rose boutiques for the bridesmaid and myself along with 2 huge rose arrangements that will sit on columns outside for the ceremony. For reception tables we are taking mason jars (a box of 12 for $6.00), filling them with crystal looking rocks, and putting a candle in the center (all of these are from Walmart). We are buying fake flower petals and sprinkling them down the center of the tables (kind of of like a runner). We also got hurricane vases and tall candles from Walmart and will put these on the food tables (the vases were only $2.50 a piece).
We bought tulle & different colored ribbon to use in various places (also from Walmart). We are borrowing ferns and ivy from friends. We purchased all of our food from Sam's and got a great deal. They have frozen quiches (60 for $10.00) & pigs in a blanket (50 for $8.00). You can also order veggie trays, which we did, for less than $10 and mini sandwiches on crescents rolls for less than a $1 a piece. We will purchase cubed cheese and grapes right before the big day and assemble ourselves.
We are making punch and serving bottled water (again all ingredients from Walmart). Ceremony, reception, dresses, tuxes, rings, flowers, cakes, marriage license etc. is costing $1,500 (I splurged on my dress). Hope this helps!
P.S. Our wedding cake is made with a cream colored icing with a chocolate lace design on the top trinkling down the sides and a brown satin ribbon border along the bottom. This saved us money because it was not so traditional. (11/06/2005)
By Maria - Wedding Planner in NYC
Well, I started looking for other places, like, gardens, considering we are having an outside wedding. I found this awesome place, called the Marietta Educational Garden in the next city over from me. It's 2k for the site (and that's all day), with a $700 REFUNDABLE deposit. That's all I have to pay them. Now I can find budget everything else, because they don't make me use vendors of theirs. I found a cheap but eloquent caterer, I will be doing most decorations, and making my own boutonnieres. I figure, why pay $15 a piece when I can make them for $1 myself? My friend has a bartending license, and will be serving for us, and I will be able to buy all my alcohol cheap. My dad's friend is a DJ, so that's free, and my fiance's brother-in-law is in photography. (04/23/2007)
First, I searched for a venue where I could have my own food and do everything myself. I found a great historical building that is rentable for $325, I rented it through the city, and was shocked by how perfect it is when I saw it. It is beautiful.
I plan to have some of my family cook my food that I will likely buy from Costco, for at the very most $280 (what I budgeted), but probably less. Also at party city they have a package with 3 large serving Chafers including the warmers for $25.00, they are not quite as nice as the solid stainless, but much cheaper than renting them.
For my cakes I am saving a lot of money, because if you say you want an actual "Wedding cake", you are easily paying at least 300 dollars. I am picking out some beautiful and elegantly decorated smaller round cakes from Publix Grocery store that are $19.00 each. I plan to get at least 4 of them and put them on different sized pedestals (like cake stands) and intertwine garland between the pedestals. Which is a similar set up for some wedding cakes anyway. It will likely cost less than $100.
I am saving a lot of money on my wedding dress. I have found a few wedding dresses on a site called discountdressup.com. The dress I want will be $103. To be sure that I will like the style on me, I will go to a bridal shop and try on one that is the same style. Of course, if I order it and it doesn't fit right I can either alter it, or exchange for a different size.
A couple of the things I am doing to really make the place look nice, is that I am renting a 5 gallon fountain for some champagne punch for $55. I also have a great idea for centerpieces on my tables; Floating candles in clear glass bowls with some clear/colored stones on the bottom of the bowl, and glitter/sparkles in the bowl, and around it on the table to reflect the candle light. I may throw some floating flowers (fake) in their too. I am planning on making my own bouquet too.
I guess it does help to be a bit crafty and enjoy decorating. Even if you are not real into that department, I am sure that some of your friends who are would be more than happy to help! :)
Well, there are some of my ways of saving. I will definitely take pictures of my wedding when I am done, and post them! :) (02/02/2008)
By Tina In Hudson.FL
I decided I did not want to spend a lot of money on a dress that I was only going to wear once. And being a plus size, it always costs more. So I went to Catherine's Plus Size store (they have a website), and got my dress for 43.00. I also decided to kill two birds with one stone. Since I am the one that usually hosts holiday get-togethers, and 4th of July is right around the corner, I decided to have my reception on this day also.
I found a place by my house that will rent tables for 5.00 and chairs for .65 each. I am going to have a mini wedding cake. You can go to any bakery (for cheaper, your grocery store bakery) and have them use a double round 8" cake, and then cut down another 8" round to fit on the top. And go to a florist and buy some daises or something to put on top of your cake to make it look classy.
For the meal it's going to be almost buffet style, after all what do people usually do on the 4th of July? Yes, barbecue. Instead of flowers I am going to use balloons. I found a liquor warehouse bevmo.com, that I can purchase the alcohol cheap. Oh and did I mention I am doing this at home? For entertainment, I plan on breaking out the karaoke machine that cost a fortune and my daughter never uses. So at this point I estimate it is going to cost between 600.00-800.00 for everything.
I had to remember what I can afford and that it is not about impressing people, it's about sharing our day with people. Besides, just because I am getting married doesn't mean rents not due, and bills don't have to be paid. Good Luck! (06/09/2008)
By Love to Save
Use an ipod and forget about paying a DJ, and ask someone in your family to announce your first dance, etc.
Go to the dollar store and buy cheap centerpieces, use floating candles and sprinkle them with flower petals. You can buy really cheap flowers at the dollar store and just cut off the petals.
Wait until after Christmas to buy all the lights discounted so you can light up your backyard really pretty, or wherever you choose to have it.
Shop around for party rental places because some are really expensive; don't just settle on the first one you see.
Buy Plastic plates and utensils and save a ton of money by not having to rent all of that stuff. Look around places like Staples or Costco for nice plates.
Buy your wedding dress online and save 100's of dollars.
There are a lot of ways to cut corners and you will have to do a lot of the work yourself, but enlist your friends and family to help you decorate and make it fun. Most people will be willing to help you.
One more thing, look through magazines or go online and see how other reception halls are decorated because that is stuff you can do yourself. All you have to do is buy a little bit of fabric and be creative. Good luck and congrats to all. (08/03/2008)
My fiance works for a catering company so we got the hook up on a venue for 1700.00 for 125 guests and the only thing left is to pay for food and transportation, because I found my favors at Micheal's. I'm ordering the labels with our name and things for 12 bucks out of a catalog so we are probably spending 4,000 on our wedding maybe 5,000. (02/01/2009)
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