Originally Posted by MissBubbles205
YAY.. I can finally post again!!! Now if only I could respond to my huge pile of PM's. (
Okay... So here's my take on things..
I def want an at home reception. I know many of our family and friends wont be able to attend our destination wedding so I think it's a perfect excuse to get our two families together and all of our friends together to meet each other and have fun. And of course celebrate us as newlyweds. )
I love the Champagne and Brunch idea to welcome the Newlyweds. LOVE! As far as days to hold the event, I would have preferred a Friday night to lower costs but my family lives in AL, Fiance's in GA and the reception is to be held in GA. So, we have to do a Saturday in order for my family and friends from home to travel. Max of 2 hour trip to my venue options from my home town. and 30 min drive or so for the Ga locals.
I am looking into two venues.. Both of which include all the basic set ups and I plan to just add chair sashes that I will also be using at our DW for a splash of color. The catering prices vary, but also offer their own caterer and no outside caterers are allowed. I was thinking of heavy hor'dourves but some prices I've seen it's actually cheaper to go with a plated dinner. One of my venues offers a plated grilled chicken and veggies for $15pp. And we plan to do a wine and beer if possible because it is soo much cheaper than a full bar. Many of our guests don't drink and I don't want anyone to get sloppy and who doesn't like wine? One of my venues even offers an bar that once you reach your set budget of say $500 of drinks they then turn it into a cash bar. (Maybe this could be an option for you also.)
We plan to have pictures from the wedding out and maybe even a slideshow and our wedding video possibly. With of course me wearing my dress, dancing, and wedding cake.
That's a great price! I wish we had something like that in NY but the cheapest I've been able to find is like $35 per person for open bar and hors d'oeuvres or $45 pp for a full plated dinner but with wine and beer only. It was the reason we decided on a destination wedding in the first place. NY is just beyond expensive when it comes to receptions. And those are the cheap spots! When we were having a stateside wedding we were going to shell out $95 pp (and only bc we got a great deal because our friend knew the catering manager of the place we chose) I found a few places that let you rent the facility and then you can cater and bring your own drinks but they are quite a distance for most of our guests and not necessarily a cheaper alternative. We don't want to spend more than $3,000 on an AHR and even that is pushing it. That's why I thought about canceling it altogether. We will see. Ultimately it will depend on how much we can save. My MOH and mother wanted to throw me a bridal shower and I asked them to pitch in for an AHR instead. If we had help paying for it then it would be possible.
I like what I'm hearing though. Sounds like there are no rules when it comes to an AHR. My biggest concern was our family and friends thinking it was "cheap" since we would not be investing the money into it the way we would if it were a full reception. I agree WHO DOESN'T LOVE WINE???? (We need a wine emoticon). I keep telling my fiance that we can compromise on the open bar. Especially if we go with a brunch option or a Sunday AHR- just doesn't seem like there's a need for that much alcohol. I'll keep looking. I'm not all that motivated to though haha it's more work than I think I feel like committing to.