Need Help!! August Wedding!

posted 3 years ago in August 2014
Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

I just wanted to say congrats and great date;) I got married Aug 2 last year!

Post # 5
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

@MangoLover4Life:  Starting is hard! I would say look for a venue first.  Find somewhere that will work for what you want and go from there.  This can also help with budget – finding out what venues cost and what all will be included can help you narrow down how much you have to spend on the rest.  It is also so much easier to plan decor etc. when you know where it is (aka the “feel” it will have)!

Congrats and happy planning!! 

Post # 6
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

@MangoLover4Life:  I think the most important place to start is determining your budget.

After you have your budget, start looking for venues and familiarize yourself with their catering packages vs the price of other caterers.

Post # 8
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

@MangoLover4Life:  how small is small? How many guests and what city/town are you having the wedding? 

Post # 11
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

@MangoLover4Life:  nail down your guest list. We *thought* we’d have 30 people, but ended up with 37 including us. We had also had extended an additional +1’s for single guests, nobody brought a +1, but we *could* have ended up closer to 50 people which would have been 1 1/2x’s larger than we originally thought.  I’m assuming you have a smaller budget, plan on going over. So if you can comfortably afford $5k, make your budget for $4k knowing when something comes up you have a built in cushion. Shoot for 50% of the budget for the reception and adjust as needed. So if you have a $4k budget, then plan on $2k for the reception. If you can do food and beverage for around $30 per person that would leave about $500 for venue, decor, linens, music, plates, glasses, etc. It sounds like you need a place that’ll let you bring in your own food so stay away from places that bill themselves as wedding venues. What’s the weather like in August where you are planning on having the wedding? Around here there are town/county parks where you can rent pavilions or lodges anywhere from $50 up to $500 depending on the amenities. Traditional caterers are more expensive, but eliminate a lot of the work the day of.  We had Wegmans (grocery store) cater our wedding, the food was outstanding, but it took more work to get things organized on our end, for example we brought in 3 servers to help set up, serve, bartend, and clean up since we didn’t want our family to have to do those things (though they still ended up helping out the day of). 

Post # 12
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

Yay! Date twins!  Try looking for a restaurant.  We are having our 60 person brunch reception at a restaurant with a patio.  Since they aren’t usually open during the day the minimum is very low, way lower than what we will be spending on the reasonably priced food.  Actually the minumum is less than what the rental fee alone would be at many of the more traditional nice venues in my area!  You also save tons because you don’t need to rent tables, chairs, etc. or find an outside caterer.  You can also find a place that will fit with the level of formality you want.  Good luck! 🙂

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