A few questions and a couple of tips on how to save some cash...
So I was just looking over my contract and realized that I was paying for 15 extra people (wedding party) for the cocktail hour (totaling $450) when we wouldn't even be attending it because we would be taking pictures. I adjusted the amount on the contract and resent it to Fatima and she agreed, so if you are in the same boat as me and are only having the cocktail hour for your guests and not your wedding party then you can save some money by making the adjustment.
Ideally I would like to attend the cocktail hour though but it doesn't seem to work with our schedule:
5:00pm group picture, pictures with family
5:30pm cocktail hour starts, wedding party pictures
What are the rest of you doing? Are you attending your cocktail hour? How are you making it work with taking pictures?
I thought we could maybe have a few drinks and some appys with our guests at the cocktail hour then head out for pictures but then I didn't think this left us enough time. Or we could do pictures then come back for the end of the cocktail hour but we're planning to have a grand entrance and I would find it kind of weird if we were there hanging out with everyone then all of a sudden disappear so we could make a grand entrance. Either way I'm not sure 20 minutes of a cocktail hour is really worth $450. What are your thoughts or suggestions?
One more thing- I find the $6 per glass of sparkling wine to be pretty ridiculous so we are keeping the 20 included in the Ultimate package for the head table and doing toasts with a signature margarita and a tequila shot for the best man speech instead which is included in the package - they originally tried to charge me for having a shot glass at each seat which I refused to pay as set up is included in the package so they said they wouldn't charge us.
Anyone else have any tips on saving some cash or just tips in general?