Cost of venues are freaking me out!

posted 3 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

@marierose:  Make a spreadsheet of all of the expenses, then as you check out venues, mark down what is included and what isn’t. Some venues have a higher fee, but already include rentals. Some places you can BYOB. Each place may have hidden expenses or hiddenw ays to save you money. 

Post # 4
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

Look at Fridays and Sunday’s. Great way to bring cost down. 

Post # 5
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Blushing bee

I don’t have any advice to offer, but I just wanted you to know that I feel your pain.  Costs seem to quadruple when the word ‘wedding’ is said.  🙁

Post # 6
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487 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

@marierose:  Where in Florida are you? I’m in Lee County, I might be able to give some suggestions!

Post # 7
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2014 - Banff, Alberta

@marierose:  Our budget is $8000 because family are helping out a bit. I am planning in one of the most in demand, over priced wedding locations in Canada. 

Sunday wedding – you can do brunch or hor deurves, limited alcohol. We are doing an after party at a club after for those that want to party. 

Friday wedding – I didn’t find these were much cheaper, the venue might give you a discount but you can’t really avoid paying for a full meal. 

Look into alternative non-wedding locations – parks, museums, art galleries

Recruit friends as much as you can for dj (or use an ipod like us), officiant, cake. Don’t cheap out on photography though, weddings are extremely difficult to shoot well.

No favors – no one will miss them

DIY, DIY, DIY – Everything you can freakin imagine. Buy the supplies from a bulk wholesaler. My list is an arm long. 

Use a budget tool like on wedding wire or the knot.

Buy a cheaper wedding dress online, they can still be very nice quality for around $300.

Don’t have real flowers – come up with interesting alternatives for centerpeices and experiement with paper flowers, silk flowers or something else for the bouquets.

 

 

Post # 8
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

@marierose: If you are flexible, a weekday, Friday night, Sunday or even a morning or brunch wedding can cut costs significantly.

You can also consider a less traditional venue like a state park, museum or lakefront home for rent.

Also, google all inclusive weddings packages. There are several in Florida that can provide EVERYTHING for your budget or lower…you can do this! And it can still be amazing on your budget.

It is doable. Good luck!

Post # 14
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

@marierose:  I live in St. Louis, and my husband and I had the same issue.  We ended up having our ceremony outside at a Non-Profit Children’s Museum (which also had an indoor backup for rain!).  Through my searching, I found that space rented out by not-for-profit organizations were MUCH cheaper!  It has something to do with the fact they can only earn so much off of rental space for tax purposes or some such restriction.  Try checking out local non-profits, whether they market themselves as a wedding venue or not. (Think art galleries, museums, etc.)

Our reception was at a loft space that was new to hosting weddings.  We took a risk, but also got a great deal because they wanted to get the word out.  It turned out lovely!   🙂

You can see how it turned out on our wedding video trailer.  It’s only a minute or so long, but for two spaces that aren’t known for weddings, it turned out really nice!

http://vimeo.com/80567080

password:  teaser

Post # 15
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2014 - Banff, Alberta

@marierose:  I want bridesmaids because doing the photos is important to me and I couldn’t imagine not involving my brother in a big way. Isn’t really costing me much to have a bridal party, they are buying their dresses and shoes. Hair is free because my mom owns a salon. Make-up is DIY. Total for all bouquets will be like $40. I will probably get them small gifts. 

We are having our welcome picnic (instead of a rehersal dinner) in a park. We will grab a table from my work to set up food on. Because it is super casual we will use paper plates, disposable cutlery and cheapo table clothes. There are public washrooms. Renting all fancy stuff can get really costly though. I find if you research enough you can find reasonable venues. I found 3 places in Banff and it is known for being an extremely expensive wedding destination. 

Post # 16
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

@marierose:  If you get a rental/park/museum you can hire an all inclusive wedding coordinator to provide everything else for you.  You pay one fee for everything, pick out everything that you like and then just show up the day off your wedding.  They do and provide everything else for you. 

I researched this option in detail for myself. You and I are in the same state, if you are interested in the companies that i’ve talked to I’d be happy to provide you with their prices and contact info because they do travel within the state, just PM me whenever you like.

I think maybe in your case it’s at least worth checking into.

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