Birmingham Graduation Party: Budgeting Tips From a Venue Owner

Graduation parties vary in size and complexity. But most share a lot of costs. As a co-owner of an event venue in NE Birmingham, I can tell you that we have seen a LOT of parties.

Here are the most common items that people need to consider for their budget planning:

Invitations: these can vary from formal custom printed invitations to just an electronic emailed version. Of course the cost also varies with each choice.

Food: Depending upon the type of graduation party, the food can vary from pizza to a full sit down dinner. Here again, there are great variations in cost. Most people can get by with just a starch, vegetable and protein source along with a dessert. Keeping it simple will keep your price low!

Venue: Venues vary from a restaurant to a banquet hall to a hotel. Prices vary all over the board. You can keep your expense low by considering The Magnolia Room at Woodrow Hall. You can rent it for as little as about $400! And it comes complete with tables, Chiavari chairs, centerpieces, special lighting and more!

Decorations: There are entire websites dedicated to graduation decorations. Word of advice: pick a venue that does not need a lot of decorations! Again, The Magnolia Room fits this bill! It has a century of patina and charm but has all of the modern touches including a LCD projector and screen as well as special lighting.

Entertainment: Whether you choose an I-Pod, DJ or band, some form of music is a must. Remember that a graduation is a significant event and dancing is a must!

Rentals: You may need to rent dishes, plates, flatware, glasses or you can use disposables. But plan on what you want and put a line on your budget for this one!

Gifts for the graduate and helpers: Again, these vary greatly in cost.

Given the current economic times, we at Woodrow Hall have attempted to keep this celebration affordable by specifically planning a special banquet room just for these types of events. With seating for 100 and plenty of space, The Magnolia Room is very affordable. If you are having a larger graduation party, we have space for up to 350 on our main ballroom at Woodrow Hall.

Call now (205-243-4243) to reserve your space for your Graduate!

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