Originally Posted by MahatmaGeansai
We're at the very early stages of planning our wedding so just throwing ideas around. One of them was to have a marquee wedding in the parents garden (they have plenty of room). Just wondering if anyone has any advice / experience of doing this in the Cork area and any idea of costs? We're thinking around 150 guests.
You might think a marquee will work out cheaper than a hotel but research it first.
Marquee is 5K minimum, probably more by the time you add in carpet, linings, roof lining. 150 chairs @ €2.50 each, tables etc..... Basic unlined marquee for 150 people would be 9m x 15m and with floor and carpet works out about 2200 + vat, 700 for lining then lighting, heaters, all the little extra bits.
Outdoor caterers, i've seen well known caterers charging prices like - 2 dish buffet @ €14 per head, €4 for dessert. That's €2700 and they also charge for chef and waiting staff time, 35 and 25 p/h there and approx 4 hours so another €340. For a seated meal your going to be over €25 per head for 3 courses, as well as the staff cost
So for marquee and food that's anything up to €9k so far, add another 1k for flowers, and centre pieces etc., 10K would be where you'd be then.
After that you'll have to sort a bar out. Probably the area money could be saved, not by yourself though, only by the people paying for the drinks
But then the other extras will be the same as a hotel wedding really.
At 10k it add's to €66 per head roughly, you'd get a great deal from a hotel these days for that money
Not putting you off a wedding marquee but just some info for you, i've researched it myself not too long ago