Thursday, January 22, 2009

Budget tip #1

Don't get the package deal!

Unless you are planning on everything, and I mean everything (serving fish or filet mignon plated meal, a traditional cake, full open bar, linens, etc) it is not going to be beneficial for you to just accept the wedding packages your venue offers.

Every "wedding" venue plans dinners for a myriad of other events (work luncheons, funerals, dinner parties, etc) and they have a completely different menu and "extras" options for those types of events.

Make sure you carefully compare pricing, but if you're planning on skipping anything that comes with your venue's wedding package, or subtituting anything (i.e. a chocolate fountain instead of a cake), it's very likely that paying for each item you choose, separately, will save you a great deal in the long run.

By serving wine and beer on a tab basis (versus an open bar), and bartering for a chocolate fountain, we are going to save around $4,000 on the reception!


AmyJean {Relentless Bride®} said...

Great advice! Since food/drink are the brunt of most of the budget, it's wise to try to bargain the most there. :)


Jenn said...

Agreed...the same goes for vendors who 'do it all'. Our caterer has awesome prices on food and cakes, but marks up her flowers and linens (which are outsourced). Do your research before you buy! Great advice.

Brandy said...

Great advice!
And sweet on the savings!
A friend was telling me that just a catered meal would be 15 grand but I know from doing time as an office manager that caterers are willing to work with your budget if it's realistic!

Jane said...

yay! glad to hear you got the chocolate fountain all settled!

melissa said...

Wow! This is a huge savings. Good to do your research...

Adrienne said...

Thanks for the tip! That is a huge savings!

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