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Jul 29, 2013 07:54 AM

Question; How do you hold a wedding for 33 people and keep the cost under $50.? Answer inside!

I wonder if they had the room with the ball pit. Imagine if this catches on......I have a daughter entering her freshman year at Johnson & Wales I'm going to be pretty upset if her job is an event planner for Mc' Donald's Banquet Facilities.

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  1. There's a restaurant in Northern New Jersey that is arguably one of the best in the employee got married and invited the owner to the reception.....which was held at a local Chinese Buffet. Now this owner, who gets a lot of accolades and recognition had no pretensions or reservations of declining the invitation and went to celebrate with the couple. when I saw him a few days later, I asked him how it was and he said it was one of the best weddings he had ever attended and it was a great time for all.

    It kind of makes the other thread currently running on the worst wedding food you ever had seem silly.

    As for the employee....he is the best guy in the house.

    1. You should do what you can afford, rather than go into debt or spending all of your savings for a one day party.

      Best wedding I went to was in the afternoon, served strawberries and whipped cream and sparkling apple cider in front of the church. They're still married 30+ years later.

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      1. re: Cathy

        While I agree with you completely this example seems to be the polar opposite.

        I have family that lives in the south and the weddings I have attended are where everyone brings a dish and the reception is held in the adjacent hall to the church. It doesn't matter what the venue is if you are with good friends and family, you make your own good times.

        I just found this to be rather funny, especially when the stretch limo probably costs twice as much as the food.

          1. re: Cathy

            Yeah but go read the "worst wedding reception meal" thread, and nowadays, it seems (at least for some people) that if you don't serve a 5 course dinner with open bar with top shelf liquor, you shouldn't even bother having a wedding.

          2. One of my favorite weddings used the church banquet hall for the reception and served "the groom's favorite foods, hand picked for his guests" -- fancy tureens filled with macaroni and cheese, beans & weenies, pizza rolls, and ramen noodles. Everyone got the joke and had a terrific time. Those were dang good pizza rolls, too.

            1. You may want to re-visit this article when your daughter announces her engagement, wants 200+ people to attend and it cost about a cool 100K for the entire gig!

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              1. re: treb

                Yeah there is a very good reason my wedding video went missing soon after my daughter turned 10.

              2. Another key is to have the wedding overseas in some exotic location where most guests won't have the scratch to pay for a ticket/hotel.

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                1. re: Bunson

                  This can backfire badly. A co-worker of mine did this thinking at most 20-30 people will show up, they had over 160 RSVP's and just the guests put them back over $ 125,000. Many of the guests said it would be a once in a life-time vacation and said it was worth the splurge.

                    1. re: RetiredChef

                      Are you saying the plate per person was $800 a head? If so, no one held a gun to their heads to have such a celebration or reception..

                      1. re: fourunder

                        Maybe they were covering hotel rooms, too?

                        Still, that was a very expensive gamble!

                        1. re: Violatp

                          two thoughts....

                          1. Most destination weddings do not cover expenses for guests.

                          2. In the example given, if the family did cover expenses and invited 160....then it suggests to me they could afford it, and was not a gamble at all.

                          1. re: fourunder

                            more thoughts:

                            1. we don't know the story and I offered an alternative to an $800 per plate reception

                            2. having money doesn't mean you thought you were going to spend it

                            #2 is why I said it was a gamble

                            1. re: Violatp

                              so, your contention is that you extend an invitation for an offer...not expecting someone to accept, but rather, expect them to decline? That makes it pretty tough to make plans or arrangements for the host....especially if the RSVP is not returned and they just show up.