Post # 1
Just recently got engaged (yeah!) and we are a little overwhelmed as to the cost of things. Wondering if anyone has any ideas of venues, caterers, DJ’s and all that in the Baltimore area. We live in Reisterstown, but anywhere in Baltimore metro is possible. We have a lot of family coming in from out of town, about 150 total for the wedding, and basically a $5000 budget. I thought that was a lot of money, bt from what I have seen, I bet most of you are laughing, so I am desperate for some ideas. Got to start somewhere. I am crafty so can do some things myself, like decorations, flower arrangements and all that. However my mother in law to be thinks their side of the family would be offended with buffets and other cost savings options, so it has to be nice enough to be acceptable. I realize this is our day, but if we can mae it really nice in our budget I am perfectly fine with that:-) Any idea, help, suggestions, referrals.. will take it! Thank you ahead of time!
Post # 3
My advice: DO NOT GO INTO DEBT OVER A WEDDING! And if your Mother-In-Law wants to balk at your money saavy choices, tell her to open her wallet! I would check out non-traditional wedding venues. We are getting married in Baltimore also, and trust me, the only reason we can afford this is because Fiance is in the hospitality industry, and we are using lots and lots of “friendors”. Even still, we are spending a little more than twice your budget (which still makes me cringe) and I’m doing A LOT of things myself. My initial wedding want was to get married on the Harbor on a cruise–I was quickly brought back down to reality after they told me it would cost about $65k from top to bottom for 170 people. I would also consider getting married on a Friday or a Sunday–sometimes you can get a HUGE price break for moving your day. GOOD LUCK =)
Post # 4
A few things came to mind:
I bought my dress at the Betsy Robinson Bridal (in Reisterstown) blowout sale for about 10% of the original ticket price. I think they’re having another big sale right now: http://www.robinsonsbridal.com/home.html. It wasn’t the madhouse of other Filene’s basement/ Kleinfeld situations…we had a very civilized appointment with a lovely employee. It was one of the best experiences in the whole wedding planning process
Also, I didn’t know this in time for my own wedding but I’ve helped friends with this resource: we have an awesome open to the public/wholesale florist in Baltimore: Claymore Sieck http://www.sieck.com/html/ on chase street in Mt. Vernon. They have beautiful flowers and plants for super low prices and are very helpful. (Although Costco roses are just as cheap and very nice as well)
The venue is kind of a tricky thing for the amount of people you’re planning to have but my friends had their wedding at the Westminster Hall, which is a cool venue (Edgar Allan Poe is buried there) that can accomodate 150 very comfortably and is pretty affordable in the fall or winter. We also did our “rehearsal reception” with hors d’ouevres at the Inn at the Colonnade. $2000 for 90 people covered the food, room and service AND we were allowed to bring our own alcohol. That might be on the edge of your budget but they were willing to work with us because many of our guests were staying at the hotel.
Post # 5
Here’s another link that has some places that might work for you.
Out Of Towner Searching For Reception Venue In Baltimore.
Post # 6
I am using The Other Barn in Columbia, MD. The palce is 1300 for 6 or 7 hrs and that includes tables and chairs and the courtyard for the ceremony.
I am using Bear Bros Catering because they have a $10 per person open bar option! Their food is good and they can make simple menus.
I also got my dress from Betsy Robinson at a sample sale. I had to wait in line for an hour, but i eventually got a dress that was 500 with taxes, originally 1,500!
You might have all these things already, but i figured i would respond for others that might be reading.
As far as flowers, i was going to do my own, but i went to the new Giant in Timonium and they have really good prices. They actually have a florist that works there. I got mine and 7 BMs bouquets, 12 bouts, and 5 corsages for $441. I used calas.