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Fiance and I are planning a wedding. Lets hear your ideas for some places to hold the wedding. We are looking for moderate price plans, nothing that is $50-60/person please. We are going to check out the Oakland County Sportsmens club, as they seem inexpensive, but we are worried, nonetheless, we are going to scope out their facilities. We have a tight budget, but would like to have some flexible bar options. Best place we found so far was Rivercrest in Rochester that was $36/person with open bar for 5hrs with house liquor. I think any less than that and we might as well hold it at McDonalds, but maybe you guys might know some good ideas to cut costs so you can help me spend more on firearms
 

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Well, how's this for advice:

SAVE YOURSELF MAN! RUN WHILE YOU CAN!!! IT'S NOT WHAT YOU THINK! THEY FREAKIN TRICKED US!!!!

Ok. now that my disclaimer is out there, we went with san marino, but we have 500 people. Depending on how many people you plan on having, you can definintely do some magic.

The biggest BS expense: flowers. Stay away from using too much. We went with candles and hurricanes (3 different sized vases) and some flowers on the table.

How's gino's pricing? They have good food.

Plus, Chefnutz will take care of you. His place has awesome food.
 

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Is eloping an option? I would head to Costa Rica and chill out and maybe hire a couple of fishing charters. I spent a stupid amount of money on my wedding and wish we had put that money towards our first house...good luck!
 

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We thought about running to Hawaii. Nothing out of the country right now. We are only looking to have around 125-150. We certainly don't want to blow all our money on one day for friends and family to get drunk, but we also want to have a nice day. My cousin had an outdoor wedding in the summer and spent about $3,500 for 80 people, it was very nice. Bought the liquor themselves, had cousins bar tend, had a tent at a park on the shores of Torch Lake with a beautiful sunset, etc. Dance floor and dj, $18/head for catering (which is cheap). We would love to keep it around $6-8k max.
 

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Have you looked into Double Action in Madison Heights?
Have the church ceremony with the family in attendance, stop by Walmart to stock up on ammo, rent the range for a day, and have friends bring chips and salsa.
Let the guests know what caliber ammo you use, for gift giving.
 

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fish n chicks is right. don't spend tons of money on incidentals like flowers. as far as a hall goes I don't have much for tips except that you should see if you can sample the menu when you check them out.
I do have a couple other pointers that may come in handy for you...
1. buffet style will cost less than family style and imho not cheap in appearance to the guests
2. don't do assigned seating. why put a couple of hours into figuring out who sits where? it's a major headache and you can not make everyone happy that way. in fact, you may even bum a couple of people out. I never liked not being able to sit with whoever I wanted at weddings
3. don't forget to include your videographer, photographer, band/dj and any other hired help when you are counting guests for dinner
4. dj's are cheaper than bands. a good one can keep the crowd going, doesn't take brakes, and can play just about any request your guests may have. by the way; my brother is a dj and he is very good. pm me if you want his contact info
5. whether you choose a band or dj, the only music you should pick out is your wedding dance and maybe let them know about any favorites you may have that you will want to hear. some dj's give you a list of their music so you can choose a play list for the night. that is their job, not yours!
6. this is the most important one - Call Top Gun Printing for your invitations!
 

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Correct paperwork....$50.00
Rent a beach....$100.00
Hire the minister...$100.00
Get a camera guy...$100.00
Proper beach wedding attire...$250.00

Oh yea I forgot...the flight and cruise to St. Thomas in February...$2000

But our wedding is cheap! No family, friends, flowers, etc...

Congrats!
 

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QUOTE(snowman @ Jan 13 2010, 09:16 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>Correct paperwork....$50.00
Rent a beach....$100.00
Hire the minister...$100.00
Get a camera guy...$100.00
Proper beach wedding attire...$250.00

Oh yea I forgot...the flight and cruise to St. Thomas in February...$2000

But our wedding is cheap! No family, friends, flowers, etc...

Congrats!

Now thats the way to do a wedding. Honeymoon and wedding all combinded into one. Congrats to you.
 

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Ok if you want a friday buffet for 200 in jan or feb we gan get a sweet deal. If you want individual 50 on a sat in may not so much. Time is crucial, count is so so, menue is eeeeeh, If you give us a ballpark I can give you some figures. John works really hard for every client to meet their needs and make every party the best. And we cover the food. We just did an incredible newyears party, it was a riot!!! So really let me know, it is what i do, if not here I can tell ya where not to go... Privately of course
 

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QUOTE(Nitro225Optimax @ Jan 13 2010, 02:27 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>I just might run off to Vegas...with your avatar girl...

lol Too late!

Dude... I wanted a torch wedding so bad. That idea sounds brilliant. But alas, not every thing can be for every one.

Have you considered the tent at Stoney creek? I believe it's crank's.

http://www.crankscatering.com/services14.html

You can do pick up and go catering. This is where your family and friends come in and helps. They can get the food for you and bring it to the wedding.

Truth is, we have found that the more you do yourself, the less it gets. Stacey put together our table arrangements for like $15 a table. Try doing that with flowers. Especially for over 50 tables. For your cake, go talk to Joseph's on little mack, north of vernier. Tell em jon and Stacey noocha, diana marone's friends, sent you, and he'll hook you up.

I'd also suggest talking to mark352 on the site. That s.o.b. makes some awesome grub, and he likes to stretch for his peoples. Ie: us.

Our photographer is unfortunately costing us what you wanna spend on your wedding total, so I have no comments there. Well, maybe one. Those photos are your opportunity to remember this insane party you're going to want to remember in 20, 30 years. Do you really want to risk your photos to a kodak disposable? They can easily make you regret going cheap. Shop around WELL for your pornographer. I mean photographer.

You can always rent the river belle, and have your reception on a riverboat?
 

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QUOTE(fish n chicks @ Jan 12 2010, 07:43 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>Well, how's this for advice:

SAVE YOURSELF MAN! RUN WHILE YOU CAN!!! IT'S NOT WHAT YOU THINK! THEY FREAKIN TRICKED US!!!!

Ok. now that my disclaimer is out there, we went with san marino, but we have 500 people. Depending on how many people you plan on having, you can definintely do some magic.

The biggest BS expense: flowers. Stay away from using too much. We went with candles and hurricanes (3 different sized vases) and some flowers on the table.

How's gino's pricing? They have good food.

Plus, Chefnutz will take care of you. His place has awesome food.

Our reception was at Genos and the food was excellent, that was 17 years ago, but the food was excellent. To be honest, I think it was like $24 a plate, but like I said it was 17 years ago.
 

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QUOTE(fish n chicks @ Jan 13 2010, 05:38 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>QUOTE(Nitro225Optimax @ Jan 13 2010, 02:27 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>I just might run off to Vegas...with your avatar girl...

lol Too late!

Dude... I wanted a torch wedding so bad. That idea sounds brilliant. But alas, not every thing can be for every one.

Have you considered the tent at Stoney creek? I believe it's crank's.

http://www.crankscatering.com/services14.html

You can do pick up and go catering. This is where your family and friends come in and helps. They can get the food for you and bring it to the wedding.

Truth is, we have found that the more you do yourself, the less it gets. Stacey put together our table arrangements for like $15 a table. Try doing that with flowers. Especially for over 50 tables. For your cake, go talk to Joseph's on little mack, north of vernier. Tell em jon and Stacey noocha, diana marone's friends, sent you, and he'll hook you up.

I'd also suggest talking to mark352 on the site. That s.o.b. makes some awesome grub, and he likes to stretch for his peoples. Ie: us.

Our photographer is unfortunately costing us what you wanna spend on your wedding total, so I have no comments there. Well, maybe one. Those photos are your opportunity to remember this insane party you're going to want to remember in 20, 30 years. Do you really want to risk your photos to a kodak disposable? They can easily make you regret going cheap. Shop around WELL for your pornographer. I mean photographer.

You can always rent the river belle, and have your reception on a riverboat?



Forget Crank's, I was at an event catered by Crank's this past summer and the food was terrible. This was actually a multi-day event and on one day they served mexican, and get this, the tortillas for the soft tacos were MOLDY, yes, moldy. Overall the food quality was "very poor".
 

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QUOTE(rubbnsmoke @ Jan 14 2010, 01:09 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>QUOTE(fish n chicks @ Jan 13 2010, 05:38 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>[quote

You can always rent the river belle, and have your reception on a riverboat?

Forget Crank's, I was at an event catered by Crank's this past summer and the food was terrible. This was actually a multi-day event and on one day they served mexican, and get this, the tortillas for the soft tacos were MOLDY, yes, moldy. Overall the food quality was "very poor".


Ok, so Crank's is out. Thanks Mike. I never had their food, but certainly wondered about their credibility.
 

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Are you, or do you know anyone , that's a member of a place like,VFW, AMVETS,etc. usually they have some real cheap rates for members.
 

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Make sure you contact Chefnutz or myself before you book anywhere we will give you the
real details. If Chefs place don't work for you I do all the Catering for the FOP hall
in Chesterfield. not sure if thats an area you want but the place is awsome wrap around
porch rocking chairs woods all around it with the visiting deer
its on 24 mile west of Baker road call for dates 586 725 6136 he runs a real inexpensive package. I keep telling him to raise his price
. Larry Smith is the contact tell him I sent you.

If your doing an outdoor wedding I can help with that as well

I have a great photo gal she is just breaking in to weddings and is giving great deals.
most of her work is auto's and magazine pics she is awesome. let me know I'll get her number.

if budget is a big thing remember this

the more you do your self the more you will save BUT sometimes it's not worth trying to do it your self sometimes it worth paying a little bit more and then enjoying your day.
after all who want to work and worry on your wedding day.
I'ts stressful enough with out the dinner details


Call me with any questions as well as chefnutz 586 764 6075 Mark
 
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