Hello Fellow NJ Knotties
I've recently become engaged (not even a week) but it's been a long time coming (me & FI have been together over a decade)
Anyway, we're both from north NJ (jersey city area) and recently moved to central NJ (woodbridge area) so we're thinking of having the wedding/reception somewhere that's not a bad commute from these areas.
Here's my dilemma, I'm not sure just how much to budget for the wedding and all the budget calculators so far start by asking you how much you're spending and then allocate what % of the budget goes to the various costs i.e. food, drinks, dress based on your total budget.
What I really need is an estimate of how much I should plan to spend on the reception. I know I want top shelf open bar all night, lots of food, an amazing cocktail hour, plated dinner, amazing dessert bar. So yeah food & drink are my priority. I expect to have around 200 guests.
So you ladies that know this area and this market, how much do you think the wedding/reception will cost? I'm not sure yet whether I'm going to have my wedding at my church or not but even if I have it off site I figure that will be a nominal cost and the real money will come from the reception. Any NJ brides wanna share what they spent on a wedding of this size with the food & beverage options I want? Thanks