Post # 1
I need your help, Ladies!
My boyfriend and I recently decided to scale back out original wedding plan from 85 guests to 25. We just couldn’t make ourselves put that much $$ out for a party when we both still had debt.
So, we’re paying off our debt first and its going great. We should be debt free when we get married next year. (Yay!!) Here’s my problem: The wedding industry does not like small, weekend weddings. I can see why, since our group would take up the same space with less than half the potential profit.
I’m sure someone else has experienced this. FYI: We have no illusions of grandeur. We’re ok with simple design, low-cost flowers, etc. I just can’t seem to find vendors or a venue that does smaller affairs. Any thoughts, Bees?
Post # 3
Hi Meg4Prez…first of all Congrats on getting out of debt!! That is a huge accomplishment that you should be super proud of!
What kind of wedding are you looking to have, indoor/outdoor/spring/summer? Would you be ok with a Sunday or Saturday afternoon? I see you are in Atlanta….if that’s where you’d like to have the wedding you should check out the Atlanta boards. I’m sure we could help you find some vendors 🙂
Post # 4
try to stay away from banquet halls, or special event venues that focus on weddings normally. Look into boutique style hotels. Even some of the larger hotels, that normally focus on business meetings and conventions, will have many smaller scale rooms that would be suitable for a 30 person dinner dance. You many also want to consider smaller restaurants, or to simply rent out a private room in a larger restaurant.
In terms of vendors – If you really want to save big bucks, honestly get a wedding planner. They will have the best deals in your area. Unless of course, you have good relationships with the vendors yourself, or have a contact in the wedding/event planning industry.
Post # 5
- Wedding: September 2010 - Heron Hill Winery
I had a coworker who was just married and they had a vineyard that doesn’t do weddings allow for their small ceremony. They had the reception at the onsite restaurant and the ceremony in the vineyard. I think many restaurants are willing to cater to your needs.
Post # 6
Yes GGSB is right! Hop over to hotlanta boards and we’ll help you out. Fiftyflowers is a great resource for flowers! As to venue, how about having the wedding at a park where you could pay for rental of the gardens and then have a reception at a nice restaurant?
That is what I would do.
Post # 7
Unless you’re set on having a “traditional” reception, you could have a fantastic Sunday brunch or even just a relaxed cocktail party. Either of those would be a lot less expensive than serving everyone dinner.
If you want to keep the flowers simple you could always do them yourself too. Miss Sunshine just wrote a great post about that.
Good luck and congrats on getting out of debt!!
Post # 8
I am totally in this situation!
We are have a wedding of 50 ppl and had the exact same problem as you are experiencing! All the venues we went too said they wouldn’t give us a Saturday because they needed a minimum of 100 ppl for a saturday and we could only have a friday or a sunday – but obviously that was something we wouldn’t compromise on. (we have mainly OOT guests and so asking them to take off an extra day off work for a Friday or possibly having guests leave early for the drive home on a sunday wedding just didn’t appeal to us)
We checked out hotels and we found our winner! Hotels often have smaller rooms to accommodate business meetings and things and they are even letting us do an all-inclusive wedding which most wedding venues don’t do for smaller weddings and we LOVE our room! Our all-inclusive wedding comes with – a hotel room for the night, all the linens, a 3-course dinner, a cocktail reception, all the alcohol for a 4 hour bar, and a mirror and votive candles to accent our floral centre-pieces!
For our ceremony we are doing it outside at my University which is FREE – we looked at many public parks and other free venues for the ceremony but liked the University the best for logistics!
I hope this helps – good luck – I totally understand your frustration I was there a couple weeks ago but after I put in all that hard work and research I am really really happy with our plans!!!!
Post # 9
I forgot to add the bit for my flowers!
I am using a grocery store florists to do my flowers – the quote I got from other florists was $850-900 and the quote from the grocery store was $615. And I collect points from my grocery store and will likely have $300 off my flowers by the time of my wedding 🙂
Post # 10
You could also check Bed and Breakfasts in your area. If you have the wedding/reception there they may even be willing to throw in free lodging for you or at least a reduced amount for your wedding night. Good luck!
Post # 11
I know several of the places we looked at up in the N.Ga area had elopment packages for a Saturday morning or Sunday afternoon for up to 50 people. You also have the perfect number of people for a resturante reception or a backyard cookout.
Post # 12
I’ve come across this problem for our rehearsal dinner too. Our party will only be about 30 – only parents and wedding party basically. Small restuarants don’t want to give up the space on a Friday night. Larger restaurants, still don’t want to give up the space on a Friday night. So, what its come down to and this may work for you as well is finding a restuarant that has a small banquet room. These are usually sectioned off already for more privacy and aren’t usually used as “overflow areas” on the weekend nights. Some are. That would be my suggestion. I have found that if a facility already has a small party room allotted they are very gracious to book your event there regardless of how big or small…they are just happy to get that extra business that night!
Post # 13
Friday and Sunday weddings are great too and much cheaper! The other bees are so right!
Ihave a name for a friend of mine who’s a freelance florist. She may be a bit less than the floral shops, but she has awesome quality and design style. Worth a shot anyway.
Post # 14
Oh, Bees. You have outdone yourselves!! I feel better already!! Also, you’re right, BellnGA… those ATL boards are really helpful too!
Post # 15
Have you looked at intimateweddings.com? They have a venue finder feature.