Come and tell me where to have my reception in Berkshire...
We have a smallish budget, but we don’t want any frills so I thought it would be easy – how wrong I was haha!
When I say no frills, I really do mean it. I want a buffet dinner only (getting married at 4pm) and although I realise I’ll need seats for everyone, I don’t want formally laid tables. I really just want everyone to come, eat drink, and have fun. No top table, no speeches, our own music etc. etc. But everywhere I speak to seems like they just don’t “get it” and keep telling me about top tables and balloons and things. Which is fine and lovely if that’s what you want but it’s just not for us. I would ideally like to have our own caterers… or at least bring our own booze… but I know venues like that are like hens teeth.
We are getting married in Reading town centre but don’t mind travelling a little way to the reception. I was thinking that a church hall type thing would be an idea, but they aren’t very attractive from what I have seen so far. The other idea I had was an area of a pub or bar, but we have an 80 strong guest list so no where is big enough unless we take over the whole place which is where the big figures come in.
This is my ideal venue but I was quoted £14,000 for it yesterday and I’m thinking more along the lines of £3000 HAHA!