Cheap wedding reception in Baltimore.. Do they exsist???
Sucks,,,,,but I am the person who has no one to help with a wedding. The reception food will be the biggest money pit as you know.. So I am looking to you all.. For cheap per person caterers in baltimore area???? Also, any other cheap reception halls in baltimore or northern baltimore area??? Or any other tid bites about saving on cakes, favors, or anything you may have.. I am all ears
Really depends on how many people you're planning on having. We did a really nice reception last fall with heavy hors d'oeuvres (by Corks), wine/beer (from the Vineyard in Fed Hill) and a cake from Patisserie Poupon at a sculpture studio in Pigtown and had a friend of a friend do the flowers, which were seriously amazing, and another friend of a friend do photography. Plus a very good jazz trio. We had about 120 people and altogether spent about $8000. I'm sure you could it for less than that too.
Mostly I just approached everyone and told them what my budget was for each item and they all did it.
Things to consider:
# people you want to attend?
What type of atmosphere are you looking to create and then, what sort of meal do you want? A buffet is likely to be cheaper/head than a sit-down meal, a heavy appetizer/h'orsdeavuers cheaper than a full meal. Personally, I'd prefer a nice heavy cocktail food reception with one or two signature cocktails (no need to do open bar) with limited selection of beer and wine, to a bad full three course meal with cheap liquor.
Basically, if you want a full sit down meal with an open bar on a saturday night in high wedding season, you'll pay for it. So, i would look at alternates.
Having a wedding on a sunday evening is cheap for location rentals; as mentioned don't serve full sit down meal, have a brunch/breakfast/luncheon/cocktail as the main food focus.
You could have a nice bridal cake to cut on the day and save it for your first anniversary, but serve dessert or a sheet cake instead to guests. Favors are completely overrated and a waste of money: let me tell you, mostly the guests forget them and your servers will end up with them at the end of the night.
Buy flowers from the Farmers market and decorate yourself or have your bridesmaids help you.
Just don't feel compelled to provide what you think 'guests want'. Too many people forget that this is your wedding day, guests are honored to be attending this special day, it's not a free for all booze bash or a chance to eat that lobster that they're too cheap to buy, so you shouldn't feel like you have to provide for them.
I completely agree with aussie about a heavy cocktail hors d'oeuvres and a couple of fun well done drinks and a smaller selection of wine and beer rather than a trad'l sit down meal. i believe a reception that is off the beaten path and done well can be amazing compared with a trad'l wedding that one had to cut corners to have *everything* done.
with that being said, if it weren't partially about the guests, i think everyone would elope. good luck! congrats!