How much did you spend on your AHR?
Posted 18 March 2009 - 08:59 PM
Posted 18 March 2009 - 09:04 PM
In total we're spending about $2000 for 200 people. Really in all actuality we're spending all of our money on food, and plates, utensils, etc
Posted 18 March 2009 - 11:58 PM
Posted 19 March 2009 - 12:44 AM
Posted 19 March 2009 - 06:44 AM
One thing you could do is forgo the alcohol and just do soft drinks. Even if you only do beer, by itself it would eat a huge chunk of the budget. A keg provides around 200 12 oz servings - if each of your guests has 2 beers, you'd need 2 kegs, which would run around $160-200.
So let's say you limit to only soft drinks, then a 2L bottle of soda will cost around $1-2 a bottle (hopefully you can get a sale or bogo for these). Each one has 8 8oz servings. If each guest has 2-3 drinks, that's 50-75 bottles, or around $50-150, depending on what kind of deal you can get on them.
Assuming the best case scenario for drinks, that leaves you with $750 for food. That leaves $3.75 per person. If you ONLY had one burger and one dog per person, and you don't have to pay for someone to cook it, you might be able to pull this off. But that doesn't account for plates, forks, napkins, condiments, etc. Not to mention that some people are going to eat more than that, and you won't really have a budget for side dishes that others are going to want, like salad, fruit, and other picnicky type foods.
If you really can't go over $1000, I would suggest only having a "cake and champagne" or "cake and punch" type of reception, with maybe some finger foods and snacks. That way, people come only expecting to share in the wedding cake and toast with champagne and won't expect to be fed a meal (schedule the AHR outside of mealtimes)
IMO, having cake and champagne or cake and punch is perfectly fine for a wedding celebration, especially since this is an AHR. In the end, this really should be seen as an opportunity for people to celebrate your marriage together and share in the wedding cake and toast since they might not have been able to do that at your DW - I don't think you need to feel pressured to provide anything more elaborate than that.
Posted 19 March 2009 - 04:53 PM
| Originally Posted by August2010Bride |
Our budget is $1,000. I can not believe that some of you guys budgets!!!!
I'm very pleased w/ ours being $2000 for 200+ people, but ours is very informal bbq and FFIL & FMIL are doing most of the cooking.
Posted 19 March 2009 - 05:08 PM
| Originally Posted by drtracy |
Wait a minute Erin, do you expect me to believe you use plates and napkins down in Kentucky? I call shenanigans!
Posted 19 March 2009 - 11:24 PM
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