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Link is here: http://www.consumerreports.org/weddings/cheap-wedding-31-ways-to-save/"5. Party before dinnertime. For instance, Vecoma at the Yellow River, a banquet hall in Snellville, Ga., offers “Over Before 5 p.m.” specials for Saturday events that end before 5 p.m., starting at about $4,330 for 75 people, including the rental of the venue, food, beverages, service charges, and tax."I look at this and I wonder how considerate this would be for guests who, in my case, are coming from Boston to the Hudson Valley (a 4.5 hour trip one way). What do you ask friends to do after hauling all that way and ending things at 5? An after party? Well, there goes your budget.I am a fan of #7:"7. Head to a restaurant. This is a good choice if the guest list isn’t too huge, and you can opt for a nonpeak time such as Thursday night or Sunday daytime. “They can have bud vases on the tables; they can include the wine, beer, and the bar as part of the minimum; and often there is little to no space rental fee,” says Jove Meyer, owner of Jove Meyer Events in Brooklyn, N.Y. “You can take care of a huge part of your wedding this way, and the space can be aesthetically gorgeous.” "If you don't really care to dance or do any of the buffoonery of modern industrial weddings, having wine or cocktails and good conversation flow would be a fantastic alternative for people. One of the last ones is fascinating: "24. Forget the favors. “They’re often a waste,” Hardin declares. “People rarely take them.” Or give something your guests will really use. Order enough for half of your guests, and still expect to see leftovers."My MOH worked in a banquet hall for years. She's seen all sorts of weddings, the worst to the best of bridekind, and has found the best favors tend to be the ones people can eat (a candy bar or a package of truffles at each plate), the worst ones are live animals (staff ended up taking home mini bags of goldfsh one couple so blithely provided), and the ones most left behind are coasters or generic wedding themed things. We're doing a candy bar because I bought another bride's candy towers off Craigslist for cheap, and who doesn't love being able to select their favorite candy with mini scoops.
We rented a restaurant for our reception. It cost us nothing but an $800 food minimum which we more than covered in appetizers. It was so much cheaper than doing the reception at the same venue as the ceremony since we won't have to rent everything.Someone watched Bridesmaids too many times to think that live animals was a good favor.