Freaking out about budget-help!

posted 3 years ago in Money
Post # 3
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

I;m not from your part of the country but $5-7K is possible here (Louisiana). Our 100 person wedding will be around $9K. This is with a videographer and photographer.

Post # 4
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: January 2013 - Harbourfront Grand Hall

@Cyclebride:  I agree with PP, in my part of the country it would be possible.  We paid $10-12k for 30 more guests and definitely could have cut back in a few areas.

Post # 5
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

It all depends on how you do it and how much your venue costs, and where you live. You could do that in certain parts of washington, and not in others.

Post # 6
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2014 - Greenbrier Country Club

I always suggest looking into association halls like the freemasons when you are looking for a space.

Post # 7
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2014 - Our Backyard/Steakhouse

It’s possible to do a wedding on any budget…it just depends on where your priorities are.  You’re not likely going to be able to host a full 7 course meal and have a full bar, but an hors d’oerve and dessert reception or cake and punch is always an option.  

Decide where your priorities are and anything is possible.

Post # 8
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

@Cyclebride:  I am also in Massachusetts and I have to say I think it is going to be very hard to keep it low.  I think you have to try very hard to find somewhere you don’t have to spend too much on decor and such.  Catering is a huge chunk and I am at 80 guest my self and the food is up to 6k.  I am in the same boat and i am trying my best to keept it under 15k but It is just so expensive in Massachusetts, good luck. 

Post # 9
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2014

@Cyclebride:  I would highly suggest looking into park buildings, gardens, and historical sites. These were some of the best prices I could find when I was venue shopping.

In addition, you could also check out vrbo.com for vacation rentals that people rent out. If you find any you like, be sure to contact them about having a wedding there, as some places won’t allow it.

Post # 10
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2016

How far from Springfield are you? Open square way in Holyoke is gorgeous. Not sure how pricing is though. 

Post # 12
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 1994

It is doable! Maybe have brunch instead of dinner? Might save in costs. 

Post # 13
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2014

State parks and church camps are usually pretty inexpensive. You definitely need to look at the actual room you’ll be having the wedding in, though. From what I can find, state parks in Mass work a little differently than they do in GA (where you just rent the space and do your thing) but it should still be pretty inexpensive. If there are any church camps or retreats near you, they will usually rent their facilities out, too. Some may require a religious ceremony, but some don’t.

Post # 14
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2015

@Cyclebride:  Well I am not sure about where you live but it is possible here in the STL area– good luck!

Post # 15
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2015

I don’t know any of the prices where you are, but the easiet way to cut costs is to skip dinner. do your ceremony, then just have a party at night. Things that can get really expensive are photographers, decor, paper goods, alcohol and food. I’d look into food truck prices. Some can be really reasonable and a good idea for a late night snack 🙂

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