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DIY Reception

I was wondering if anyone is renting a venue (mansion, VFW, elks lodge) and having it catered.  I am at the beginning of the planning process and looking for suggestions advice....etc...

Re: DIY Reception

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    edited December 2011
    It is often the same price or even more expensive to go the empty venue + catering route b/c you have to account for things like table & chair rental, linen rental, renting of glassware, silverware, dishes and so on. You do not have to do those things at an "all-inclusive" type venue.
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    edited December 2011
    I was a guest at a wedding held at the Montclair Women's Club.  The rooms were not as elaborately decorated as a typical banquent hall but if you are a budget bride it would definately serve its purpose.
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    edited December 2011
    I had initially wanted to do this, but it turned out to be WAAY more pricey and a LOT more work.People do it, though. It just wasn't working for us, as the venue we wanted had a lot of additional fees associated with it.
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    edited December 2011
    I priced it out at my lakehouse and it was the same price as previous poster said.  Do you have a venue in mind or are you looking for places that will aloow you to bring in your own caterer?  I know some people here have done the womens club in ridgewood. 
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    edited December 2011
    If you are getting a caterer gratis or if you are wanting something very specific and willing to spend the money to do it then it pays.  Otherwise the amount of time, money, and energy to do this would be well over any type of all-inclusive.As pp said - glasses, wine glasses, napkins, dishes, and silverware - those you need several of can't just have one for each person.  Then add in tables, linens, chairs, decorations, serving dishes, kitchen set-up, etc....
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    mbcdefgmbcdefg member
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    edited December 2011
    I looked into this a bit (I wanted the Loew's Theater in Jersey City, but FI wasn't feeling it; Montclair Art Museum was also on the table for awhile), and it seemed like a lot more work and money than finding an all-inclusive place that will do everything for you. I liked the idea of having a unique place but didn't like the idea of doing everything myself. I tend to be disorganized and scatterbrained and didn't want to screw something up. Plus we got what we feel is a great price from the venue we booked, and we like the idea of just writing one check and having it all taken care of. If you're *only* doing to it save money, I would reconsider - unless, like Caketime said, you have a really good connection with a caterer and other vendors. If you just love a venue and it happens to be a "from scratch" type of place, then you need to decide if the DIY work is worth it. For some people, it totally is. For others, not so much.
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    edited December 2011
    i honestly think that would cost pretty much the same~ between hiring a caterer, renting china, utencils, buying booze...it can't be that much less.
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    Laurms15Laurms15 member
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    edited December 2011
    I am doing my wedding this way. I didn't want a hotel/banquet hall and I also had a caterer that I wanted to use. My caterer provides all the dishes/silver/glasses included in the per person price. Additionally most venues have tables and chairs in house that you can use. They may not be "pretty" you may want to rent chair covers. However the only thing I would have to bring in to my venue were the table linens that was the only thing not covered by my caterer. I know for sure two of my venue choices had chairs and tables and I *think* the third one did as well. That being said not all caterers do that. I think if you can find the right price for a caterer and a venue with the chairs and table in house it could make sense you would just have to do some research.
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    obsidianbbwobsidianbbw member
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    edited December 2011
    To answer some questions My favorite right now is the Glen Ridge Womans club ($2100 )I am also interested in any of the other woman's clubs in Nj ( ridgewood, montclaire and so on...)I haven't visited any of the hotel or catering halls so this may change after visits.I would like to have a venue to ourselves.  I don't mind going the DIY route. Right now my guest list is 140 (very tentative, fiance is in iraq so won't have a hard number till he is back.)  and we would like to have a buffet or cocktail reception (quotes i've gotten for food are 25 pp  just food 50 pp with everything else.)
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    edited December 2011
    To me for all the work I think it would be just a bit less stressful to go with a place that includes mostly everything.  I wanted to go that route as well.  I liked a place in South Jersey which was around 3000 to rent the space, plus I was able to get a caterer which includes everything including tables, chairs, etc...  But in the end the price was about the same if not more than the 100 pp places.  I found a place that before gratuity is around 60 pp and I think its gorgeous!  After a couple extras we want to add & when gratuity is tacked on its 70 something pp, but still a lot less than what a lot of people I know say they're willing to spend!  If you're interested I'm getting married here: http://www.pica.army.mil/mwr/sponsorship/club.htmlHeres a couple pics of the place, they don't have a lot of pictures on their site, I went to a dinner there to try the food which was very good.  Hope this helps! :-)http://gi164.photobucket.com/groups/u15/K7BPOOM3TF/Picatiny007.jpghttp://gi164.photobucket.com/groups/u15/K7BPOOM3TF/Picatiny023.jpghttp://gi164.photobucket.com/groups/u15/K7BPOOM3TF/Picatiny008.jpghttp://gi164.photobucket.com/groups/u15/K7BPOOM3TF/Picatiny038.jpghttp://gi164.photobucket.com/groups/u15/K7BPOOM3TF/Picatiny047.jpghttp://gi164.photobucket.com/groups/u15/K7BPOOM3TF/Picatiny048.jpg
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