Post # 1
Yep, I’ve been fooled thinking it would cost us less to get married in a ”low” season. Turns out it probably won’t happen.
FI and I started looking around for venues in summertime at first. And we were discouraged by the prices of venues. I started reading a lot about budget weddings in the past …5 months ? I convinced FI to choose a winter wedding, thinking, as it was stated everywhere on the Internet, that vendors would most likely offer discount prices and promotions at that time of the year. And that this decision was the best for us because we did not have a lot of money. Well, our venue doesn’t offer low season prices. Not even on accomodation. The other venue we visited didn’t either. Turns out they both ask the same price for lunch or supper, so whenever I’ve been suggested to have lunch to save money = doesn’t work either.
For months now, I’ve been on another message board for brides living in Québec province, and somebody recently asked if photographers had special prices for low seasons since her wedding was in February. Turns out all photographers, DJs and MUA on the forum answered no, and that their prices are the same year round. I wanted to bang my head on my desk.
Don’t get me wrong ; I do not regret going for winter, as I believe it will be romantic and original. But I feel like my last hopes to have a budget wedding, and to make ”wise choices” that would help us lower the total cost, have been crushed. Yeah, it’s like that time at age 6 when I realized Santa didn’t exist.
I’ll get over it, I just wanted to vent. ^^
Post # 3
@NauticalDisaster: Awe how frustrating! I think what happened is it USED to be an off season…now that everyone knows that, budget conscious couples go for that season as well as couples who just happen to want that season for any other reason so it has become just as popular.
Post # 4
I noticed this as well when I was booking stuff for our wedding. Prior to my research everyone always told me that it’s cheaper to have it out of season and not on a Saturday. None of the venues actually had lower prices, they just lowered the minimum. Since we were easily going to meet the Saturday high season minimum due to our guest count that didn’t really matter to us.
I am surprised to hear that lunch isn’t cheaper than dinner though!
I think there are still plenty of ways to have a budget wedding though! Look into DIY for invites, flowers and centerpieces- that brought the cost down for us.
Post # 5
Haha, I’m having a January wedding on a MONDAY. And nothing is cheaper.
On the plus side, almost nothing I’ve wanted has already been booked, so that’s a good thing!
Post # 6
@NauticalDisaster: Well, I will admit, that my vendors (minus my venue) have all offered me discounts without me even asking because we’re having a February wedding. We’re saying 150 on our officiant and 200 on our DJ. They were both inexpensive as is! I’m sure our photog would have offered us a discount but we’re already getting a huuuge break because he’s a friend of FI’s family. We’re also doing brunch because we love it and it’s cheaper. I’m really surprised that you’re not coming up with the same sort of results.
Post # 7
@NauticalDisaster: 🙁 things must be different there…here, my venue charges $125pp on a Saturday night during the summer, and in January/February it goes down to $75-80pp.
Post # 8
My venue was slightly cheaper by like a couple hundred dollars. Not enough to make much of a difference. The fact that I am having my honeymoon over the holiday season makes it crazy expensive!
Post # 9
Really? Where do you live? I don’t know if it makes a difference but I looked at multiple venues and most give low season specials. Maybe not December but there are certain months. We originally wanted to go with our anniversary which is May but prices were ridiculous. We moved the wedding to March which is when he proposed.
Our venue and caterer offer 50% for March weddings as well as a few other months throughout the year. We got no discount on photographer or florist but some discount is better then none at all. I am also doing a lot of diy things which will help us stay within budget as well. Oh and I live in California btw.
Post # 10
Oh no, I’m so sorry. 🙁
Can you try booking on an off-peak day? My cousin booked hers for a Sunday and got a decent discount from the venue because she wasn’t having a Saturday wedding.
Post # 11
My wedding is not discounted at all, but it’s in a city. We also didn’t purposely plan our wedding for the “off season” (we’re getting married on our 4 year annversary, which is luckily a Saturday in 2015). I always wanted a winter wedding, so I’m happy our annviersary is in January!
Post # 12
I live in Québec Canada. Of course I don’t know all venues, we looked around in our area and we decided between the 2 (cheapest) we happened to like best. Both never offered a discount on off-season (but I specifically asked if there was one). I also asked if the menu was different if it was lunch ? I said ”after all, a 4 course meal is a bit much for lunch”. They both looked hesitant, one said no we have to keep the same minimal price, and the other said it was like 3$ less, not even worth considering moving it to lunch for saving, plus it would not accommodate our OOT guests.
Now, it is true that the only thing we didn’t want to do was a weekday wedding, because all that’s left is pretty much our few guests (all family), I’m sure a weekday wedding would be cheaper, but it’s the only option we were not open to right from the start, because most people wouldn’t attend and we do not want to compromise on family.
The good thing is that it’s true we don’t have to rush as much to get the date we want at that time of the year (vs summer). But I still find it frustrating.
ETA : for PP who asked : no discounts on Sundays. 🙁
Post # 13
Hmm… that sucks maybe it is because of your area. We are saving about 50% from having our wedding in January. (Like as in total cost of wedding would have 50% more expensive if we had it in spring/in season).
So sorry for you!! One tip though, I would not ask if a vendor offers a discount on a public forum. They might be hesitant to say they would offer you a discount, because then everyone would ask for one, and they might bamboozle some people into paying full price. We emailed everyone asking, and 80% offered a discount, 19% didn’t offer anything, and 1% of vendors got upset at us for asking (meaning ONE photographer gave us an email lecture about it… her photos were not all that great either.)
Post # 14
@Candycane: Thanks for the trick ! I’ll keep that in mind. 🙂
Post # 15
My son’s venue had a substantial discount for low season, which extended through the end of March, and for having the wedding on a Sunday. So he was able to have his wedding on March 20, in spring weather, and still get the lower prices. I’m sorry that didn’t happen for you.
Post # 16
- Wedding: October 2014 - Church
@NauticalDisaster: I know some of the venues here do have special winter rates (typically it is the same as the lowest rate but they throw more things in). It really depends. It also depends where you are (I imagine in Montreal or Quebec City you wouldn’t have much of a deal because both those places are so beautiful and historical). Either way, enjoy your planning and good luck!