Originally Posted by KayCee2117
Hi mic813, we had 38 people attend so we did have to pay for the extra dinners but it was worth it! These people spent time and money to come celebrate with us so the cost of dinner in comparison was miniscule. One tip I can give you is to cut costs down during the cocktail hour. The resort wanted to charge us 14 additional portions for the cocktail hour appetizers (I think it was about $17 per person) but we just told them to supply enough for the 24 people portion that is included with the package - it was more than enough. There were still appies being passed around after we got back from taking photos. In my opinion, I don't think you need to buy an appy portion for every single one of your guests unless you think they will all eat quite a bit before the reception. There are just "less" appies to be shared among your guests. People donâ€™t get their own portions â€“ it is passed around on a big serving plate. Our guests ate it in moderation as they didnâ€™t want to ruin their appetite for dinner. It will also depend on how many guests you have coming. For example, if you have 50 total, maybe just buy an additional 10 portions on top of the 24 included. That is just my recommendation - totally up to you of course. Hope that makes sense and can save you some $$ as things can add up quickly
Happy planning and congrats again!
Good advice regarding savings on appetizers - one more thing I was thinking about to add to the cost savings ideas -- depending on how large your wedding party is, you might not need to up the number of appies as much. For example our wedding party (including us) is 10 people - they will miss a large chunk of the cocktail hour for photos so we aren't concerned with matching portions to number of wedding guests. Hopefully that makes sense?