Need advice for an 8k wedding budget in SoCal

posted 3 years ago in San Diego
Post # 2
35 posts
  • Wedding: March 2014

I got married last week at the Mission Beach Women’s Club and its a great venue…its $1000 for a Sunday or weekday wedding and includes all of the tables and chairs for the reception, plus they let you bring in your own catering and alcohol which saves another bundle. We had a taco cart come cater for $7.50 a person (Tacos and Gorditas) and we got soooo many compliments. Everyone loved it. Hope that helps!

Post # 3
7179 posts
Busy Beekeeper

Lavannah:  You’ll need to figure in costs for your dress, flowers, photography, etc… that will help you figure out how much you can spend on a reception.  I’d suggest you go with a dessert reception or a cake/punch reception (vs. a sit down dinner).  I’m also in So Cal and when I started planning, I didn’t want to exceed 10K.  That’s when I realized for what I wanted (and evening, food provided, dancing reception) – it was an unrealistic budget.  My advice is to sit down with your FI and figure out what is essential to you and go from there.  You may need to reset your budget, if certain things are non-negotiable.  Good luck with the planning and congrats on your engagement!

Post # 4
115 posts
Blushing bee

Lavannah:  Hi! I agree with pp about sitting down with your FI and really discussing your budget. As another SoCal bride, I had very early on set a budget of $7000 for a small, intimate wedding of 50ish people. Ummm….yeaaahhhh….super unrealistic of me. There are some nice, affordable venues, though. There is that ocean view club house/barn in Huntington Beach. It’s something like $400, but you have to get on the wait list early. Overall, I found that state parks, etc. are much more affordable than private property. What part of SoCal are you looking at? What type of venue are you most interested in? It might help us to give you more ideas if you can give us more details.

Good luck planning!!

Post # 5
339 posts
Helper bee

Lavannah:  I would check out Real life wedding are brokendown by cost, so just select the amount your willing to spend and you get pics and details of how real brides in different locations budgeted and saved!

Post # 7
7179 posts
Busy Beekeeper

Lavannah:  if FI feels the same way – by all means ELOPE!  If a big party is important to your families, tell them you’d be open to have them host a reception when you get back (that THEY plan).  

Post # 9
1664 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

We rented a house in Palm Springs. Out budget was 10k at first but ended up going closer to 15K (although the majority of the overage could have easily been avoided) the house option was the best for us because we wanted to bring in our own caterer and alcohol to save money. If you end up being out in riverside or the desert, it’s cheaper to hire vendors in the la/OC/sd area and pay them to travel then it is to hire vendors in the desert. (apart from flowers, I found a very affordable florist in Palm springs) you figure out your priorities very quickly with a smaller budget! Flowers and decor ended up not being very important to me, I just wanted my guests to be well fed and happy!

pm me if you want more details 🙂

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