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On a budget.. Reception needed south Auckland
Aug 28th, 2012, 8:12pm
 
Hi,

I'm getting married in November 2013 but have a budget of under $10,000 for 110 guests. We cant afford to spent $$ on a fancy venue for the reception so are wondering if anyone knows a hall or has ideas for holding a reception around south Auckland? We want to cater the food ourselves. Have looked at hiring a Marquee but they seem expensive! Would like to hold our ceremony on a beach or possibly Waiuku forest.. Something around the Pukekohoe area would be fantastic but anything welcome....

Any ideas/suggestions would be much appreciated Smiley

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Reply #1 - Aug 28th, 2012, 8:29pm
 
Hiya, the Auckland Coucil shoud have lists of halls etc that you can hire, they are normally reasonable, think you have to get a liquor licence if serving alcohol which doesn't cost much.  Good luck!!
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Reply #2 - Sep 10th, 2012, 1:12pm
 
Just a note of advice... when you are doing everything yourself... things all start to add up! And it's A LOT of work (stress?).

I looked at hiring a hall... but by the time you hire it for three days (day before for decorating, day of and day after for clearing up) it gets expensive. Often the halls don't come with tables/seats so you have to hire them. If you want to cater yourself, have they got the kitchen facilities? Or you could get catering in... but the cost is similar to all-inclusive venues anyway. And yes, you have to get a special liquor license (not usually too expensive though).

I have heard it from a few people who had hired venue, hired tables etc, and got catereres in... that in hindsight, they wished they'd gone with an all-inclusive venue 'cause it was about the same price, but sooooooooooooo much less hassle/stress/worry for them and for their family and friends.

You could try the Howick Club for a cheap all-inclusive but really nice venue (prices start at $39pp for buffet and $35pp for drink package). And it's close to Eastern Beach which would be a really nice place to get married. Although perhaps that's not the right area for you...

Good luck with your search Smiley
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Reply #3 - Sep 22nd, 2012, 12:14am
 
You could look at camp adair or port waikato and have your guests stay with you. We thought of this but didn't do it in the end. SIL went to a friend of hers wedding at port waikato camp grounds and they all dressed the hall and the food was all catered on site by the family and stuff people took booze with them and they supplied some. The guests loved being part of the organisation and they had a great time. There is a little stage cove area down in the bush that is set up with a kind of raised altar you can hold the ceremony on too. http://portwaikatoschoolcamp.co.nz/index.php?pr=Wedding_Social. Otherwise to hire a hall you have to do the same sort of thing have your friends and family help clean up that sort of thing, which means paying extra to hire the day after or hire late that night. You need a special license which is about $65 and you need to look at hiring cutlery, linen, crockery, glassware etc.
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Reply #4 - Oct 10th, 2012, 5:45pm
 
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Reply #5 - Oct 10th, 2012, 5:46pm
 
The Beach
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Reply #6 - Oct 10th, 2012, 5:46pm
 
The Destination
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Reply #7 - Oct 11th, 2012, 11:43am
 
I canít help you with venue ideas in your area Ė but just wanting to say, it will be possible to do with your budget.  I am sure with a lot of searching, you will find the venue.  

I would try and look at hiring a venue that supplies the tables and chairs Ė this will save you a lot of money.  

Obviously BYO alcohol too would be a good saving.  

If you went for a spit roast type company instead than catering yourself, most of them would offer a basic menu starting about $30ish pp but then they also supply all the plates, cutlery etc, clean up and take away the rubbish Ė leaving less for you/others to worry about.  Some even offer a pick up option, making it cheaper and also thereís the option of just meat, buns and salads from them Ė which is cheaper again, but just as yummy and filling.  Also, another idea is to hold more of a cocktail style receptionÖ Then you wouldnít need all the table and chairs or sit down meal.

We roughly had a similar budget to you for our wedding but for 80 people (as we had 20 that are unable to make it).   In total for the booze (beer & wine only), non-alcoholic drinks, food (doing our own per dinner nibbles and cheese boards later in the night, Spitroast.com for dinner and the cake is for desert), venue hire (day prior to set up) it has costed us $4,500ish as an idea.  

Just thought Ė my friend got married at Wrights Water Garden (I think itís called), at the Summer House or something itís called down the bottom of it there in a part enclosed building thingy and they had the same kind of budget too (their wedding actually made us realise that we didnít have to spend thousands of dollars to have a lovely wedding.  I think they get booked up quiet quickly, so might pay to check them out if interested Ė lovely gardens etc

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Re: On a budget.. Reception needed south Auckland
Reply #8 - Jul 3rd, 2013, 2:18am
 
pukeoware hall is self catering and comes with chairs and tables. (no crockery or cutlery) but does have kitchen facilities... Also has a beautiful polished wodden floor... Ceiling is blank and really high (I think it is a bit too high) but you could use up lighting on the white walls and maybe a gobo on the roof to set the mood?!
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