Getting married in winter is less expensive. Not.

posted 3 years ago in Money
Post # 3
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Bumble bee

@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
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2013

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
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: January 2014

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
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: February 2014

@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
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

@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
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2015

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
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: March 2015

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
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

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
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: January 2015

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 # 13
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121 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: January 2014

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 # 15
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

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
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Bumble bee
  • 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!

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