Reception without food...Tight Budget... I need help!!!

I am having a 6pm formal, wedding. As of now I have a very tight budget: $10,000 with 100 people (I would like more if I could).


I was thinking to save money and time not to have a formal "sit down" reception. Instead have a cocktail style reception with different stations (example: taco station) and there will be tables and some seats. I also wanted a dessert buffet and have people donate a lot of the dessert. I don't want people feeling hungry or like my reception was lacking in food. Is it bad that I won't be having a full course dinner?


I need ideas to save money... All ideas are welcomed.


 

Posted on June 19, 2012 at 8:15 am
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davelopez
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If it's within your budget, I'd consider a self-serve buffet. Another option would be to host a bbq or small event at a house or park, and ask the bridal party to help supply the food (or have them get the word out to guests to bring something). It would be a more casual, friendly, and cozy atmosphere than a formal/traditional reception, but just as fun and memorable.

Posted on June 19, 2012 at 8:21 am
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10k with 100 people? OH honey you will be FINE! You have come to the right place for help :)

We're doing a dessert reception, so don't even worry about your hor dourves reception! Just have it at a non-meal time so that people aren't hungry. I had a friend who did a 4pm ceremony, and then the reception started at 7 so people had time to go grab dinner and such. The key is just to warn people so they know ahead of time! With the economy where it's at, people understand that weddings cost a lot of money and you need to save for things...well...practical.

As for everything else, look at some city parks. They're always very affordable, if not free. Also, use Craigslist for your vendors you will find some GREAT deals! If you need any help I'm just a PM away and the lovely ladies on PW are so amazing!

Welcome :) 

Posted on June 19, 2012 at 8:21 am
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Thank you for your help. I would like the wedding to be formal, elegant, over the top wedding w/ out the over the top price...lol. The venue we love is an art gallery and it will be about $2000 for renting (including chairs and linen). I will look into parks more too. We have some beautiful parks in Florida.


Thank you again for the help... Keep the ideas coming.

Posted on June 19, 2012 at 8:37 am
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Where at in Florida are you if you don't mind my asking? I used to live there so I may be able to help more if I know your location :) You can PM me if you don't want to post it on here :)

Posted on June 19, 2012 at 8:38 am
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We are in Central Florida. Looking for venues anywhere between the Orlando or Tampa area.

Posted on June 19, 2012 at 8:41 am
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I think your budget will be fine!! does the art gallery let you bring your own caterer? I am sure you can find someone! My budget was the same for also 100 people and it ended up being less and it was sit down dinner...the venue has to do a lot with it though, we got married in a hotel ballroom, it was beautiful! and their package was awesome! we got appetizers during cocktail hour, 3 course meal with beef and chicke option, cake and soft drinks for $55 per person! we added $2,000 hosted bar and it lasted almost the whole night...I am sure you can pull off dinner!

Posted on June 19, 2012 at 8:49 am
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Sounds like an awesome ideas, tons of people have buffet receptions hun!


Budget really sounds OK, you'll be able to have an AMAZING wedding on that! Its all in the planning!


If you have any friends/relatives that have experience in hospitality service why not ask them for a helping hand serving canapes/drinks etc.? Or if you know anyone who has teenage/young adult kids who would be glad of fifty bucks in an envelope, you could always try and find people that way? Not that you have to have service at all, but if you did want the stations manned that might be a good way to cut the budget.


Xxx

Posted on June 19, 2012 at 9:11 am
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10k for 100 people is more than enough money to throw a sit down dinner even if you want to! Just shop venues and vendors and you will be fine! On PW a budget wedding is pulling that off for much less!

Posted on June 19, 2012 at 9:15 am
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The Art Gallery: about $2000 accepts outside vendors but can fit only 9 tables with 6 people each. So I have to keep venue shopping.


Good deal to have family and friends help with the buffet stations.


Ok... Great to hear that I may be able to pull this off under budget.

Posted on June 19, 2012 at 9:36 am
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I think you can definitely do it. Actually, since the art gallery will only set 54 people, you could have some higher tables and make it more of a cocktail reception with appetizers. That way, your guests can mingle with each other. Not everyone needs to sit down.


Having outside vendors will be huge for you- especially if you are considering having alcohol. You should go to warehouse stores like Costco or Sam's or buy at BevMo, since they all you to return unopened bottles.


Also, for flowers- also check out Costco. They have some pretty affordable floral packages.


Good luck!!

Posted on June 21, 2012 at 10:50 am
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you'll be fine''ours was 5,500 budget.with 50+ guest..but we get married in las vegas..and we only have dinner at fancy restaurant.

Posted on June 21, 2012 at 11:41 am
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Choose a time that is not "meal time" if you do not plan to serve a meal...either buffet or plated....
Posted on June 21, 2012 at 3:03 pm
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My cousin got married at the Orlando Science Center. I don't know how much it cost but the roof top held 100 people easily for a buffet dinner and I'm willing to bet their budget wasn't much different than yours. They had their ceremony by the lake on the grounds. It was all beautiful!
Posted on June 21, 2012 at 4:05 pm
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10k for 100 people is actually a great budget to work with.  Stations sound amazing.  In fact, I love stations and cocktail style receptions because they encourage mingling and more socializing.  You can definitely do a lot in your budget.  Perhaps cupcakes instead of a cake.  I think that's a bit less expensive.

Posted on June 21, 2012 at 4:39 pm
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10k for 100 people is actually a great budget to work with.  Stations sound amazing.  In fact, I love stations and cocktail style receptions because they encourage mingling and more socializing.  You can definitely do a lot in your budget.  Perhaps cupcakes instead of a cake.  I think that's a bit less expensive.

Posted on June 21, 2012 at 4:41 pm
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Thank you for all the feedback and ideas!

Memphis_bride: I was curious about the Science Center. Now that you mentioned it I am definitely going to scedule a tour.

Jocemae: that's exactly what I was thinking. I want everyone up and mingling.

Lisalamb: great tips... I expecially liked the alcohol and flowers @ Costco

Missyhett: I would love a destination wedding, like Vegas. But we are worried about guest being unable to pay for the flight. How was it?

Jackieg: what times are best?
Posted on June 21, 2012 at 6:52 pm
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you can totallllllyyyyyyyyy pull that off! we're having 130ish people with a $4000 budget! we are however, having a buffet rather then a sit down dinner, and the reception will start at 1pm, so that helped cut our cost alot! but the things id do with $10k...

Posted on June 22, 2012 at 1:57 am
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Woah... How do you plan on pulling off $4000 with 130ppl? That's good.
Posted on June 22, 2012 at 3:55 pm
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i am DIYing alot!!! our centerpeices cost me a total of $95 to make 30 of them! our favors cost a total of $60ish, and i am only making 100 favors, for two reasons: 1. i realllllly hope not all 130 ppl will show up! and 2. not everyone will take one anyway! like i said before, we arent doing a sit down, so the favors dont have to be at the tables. our DJ is a family friend who is charging us $50/hr, our photog is my MOH's friend, who is charging us a mere $500!! and our reception venue is actually a bar owned by one of my friends, so he is renting it out to us for $2k and providing the food and open bar! i am a hairstylist, so makeup and hair are being covered by my girls, and one of the stylists at my old salon is also a cake baker, so he is making us a wedding cake as our gift! i totalllllyy lucked out, and some how know someone in every costly corner of wedding planning! but even if we didnt know all of these people, i would have talked down every vendor as low as theyd go! everyone is willing to negotiate. before my friend offered to rent us his bar, we checked out a few hotels whose prices were out of our budget and once we told them what we were looking to spend, they were magically $700 cheaper then the origional quote we got. we are also doing silk flower bouquets for the girls, and the GM will get real flowers, but the florist i go to is only $10/bout. so thats a whopping $50. i also bought out FG dress at macys, its stunning, and i went on a sale day with an extra coupon and got it for $11! it was orig. $70! iv bought almost everything else online, and always google cupon codes before i check out. you wouldnt believeeee how many online cupons there are. i literly have not paid full price for a single thing yet! you can totally pull this off, it will just take some time and research, and dont settle! sry for the novel :) :)

Posted on June 23, 2012 at 3:14 am
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this link will take you to pretty much every reception site in orlando, their address, phone number, price, whether they allow outside catering and pretty much anthting you need to know about the venue.


http://www.orlandomagazine.com/OrlandoWedding/June-2012/VenueChart_FW2012.pdf

Posted on June 23, 2012 at 5:12 am
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