Post # 1
Ok this is my first post on here. I love weddingbee, it’s been most helpful and given me lots of ideas 🙂 Now I have a question and I hope you ladies can help me!!! My FI proposed to me right before Christmas. We have our date set for June 2014 and I’m doing most of the planning myself. We have a really tight budget but I’m hoping to start looking at venues soon. I’m super excited but also feeling a bit overwhelmed and was wondering if anyone has any tips about what I should ask the vendors I contact. I haven’t gone to view any venues yet. I figured I’d start on the phone or through emails to decide who I want to visit. Any advice??? I really appreciate it.
Post # 3
I would start off with specifics.
For us, we wanted to do our own food [brought in by fazoli’s], our own social/cocktail hour, and would PREFER to bring our own alcohol, but we WILL do an open bar if we have to. We also wanted something somewhat close, allowed us to decorate, and gave us the whole day [no split times].
These requirements alone eliminated ALOT of venues off our list.
Post # 4
@jenilynevette: thank you 🙂 I’ll also need to ask if they can do the ceremony and reception in the same place. I don’t want my guests to have to run all over the world in one day 🙂
Post # 5
@Heather McAnnally: I would personally look at ceremony spaces before you book a venue so you can plan accordingly if you don’t plan on having the ceremony at venue. I think when you pick the venue first then the ceremony space, there could be issues with distance, sometimes but not always. 🙂 Other than that, I would first write down what is most important to you in terms of venues. First off being price since you mentioned a budget, what kind of ambience and feel you are going for, etc. I also think that if you are on a tight budget, I would look at venues that are more inclusive. I know there are some venues that will offer a package that includes centerpieces, catering, the cake, sometimes even flowers, etc. That is a great way to save money. 🙂 And also be careful of venues that won’t allow any outside vendors, that can sometimes get expensive if you can only use “their” vendors. 🙂 good luck, congrats, and happy planning! =)
Post # 6
- Wedding: September 2013 - Pavilion at Rocky Neck State Park
In terms of budget, try looking for a state owned-property. I am having my ceremony at the Pavilion at Rocky Neck State Park. It is literally almost right on the beach. We are only paying $2650 for it for a 5 hour reception, a 2 hour set up, and 1/2 hour clean up. Since the ceremony will be outside, it is not included in that time and we don’t have to pay extra for it. I don’t know where else you can have a reception on the water lik that for less than we are paying! However, I am not sure about other states, but in CT they give you a list of “pre-approved” caterers to choose from. In my case, however, it was a good thing because I love our caterer.
I hope this helps. Good Luck!
Post # 7
@jenilynevette: I have never heard of Fazoli’s but my
FI was raving about it a few days ago! He said they were in Memphis or something like that but he was going on and on about how great it was and he couldnt believe we dont have it here in NJ.
Post # 8
@gelaine22: It’s super good, I LOVE it.