Post # 1
My fiance and I recently decided to finally set out our wedding day for next year. We are two college students (only one of us working full time) meaning that we will be on a tight budget. We are looking at about 50 (plus/minus 10) people guest count. Although we have always wanted an outdoor wedding (I’ve always pictured it under a beautiful white tent), we are looking to find a venue thats budget friendly, but worth every penny. ( We are in the LA area, but would be willing to travel as far as the valley to make our dream come true) Most of the details I plan to take care of myself, wth some help from friends and family. I love the shabby/vintage/magical garden feel with an array of pastel colors. I’m finding it hard to think of what to tackle first on the wedding checklist. I would love to get input from other brides that have found convenient venues, ways of saving money,fun/creative DIY craft ideas…and that can shed some light on the process.
Post # 3
@kdiaz: The best advice I can give you is to look at a lot of pictures online, in magazines, etc, to get a better idea of what you want. Almost anything can be DIY if you have the time and money (ironically). You can start making things now that will stay good up until the date such as table and chair decorations. But first, of course, you would have to know how many tables and chairs. You get the idea…
Post # 4
We are doing a cheap, intimate wedding later this year. And the first thing I would recommend is finding a venue, because then you know exactly what you are working with and what to plan for. My cousin is planning her wedding in SoCal and sent me this blog that details a ton of wedding venues in your area: http://noweddingdebt.blogspot.com/?m=1. My FI and I are using the private dining space of a nice restaurant for our reception, and maybe doing the ceremony in a park down the street. Once I knew where we were doing it hold how many people said venue could hold, I decided on the look and feel as well as finalizing our guest list, and it’s all pretty much moved forward at a quick clip. We have our photographer set up, I’m gathering different things for our centerpieces, and we are gathering items for our outfits. Once you get the main things in place, everything else is fine.
Post # 5
You have to find the venue first then go off of that.. I tried do it the other way ( we found a venue, then tried going for a different venue which changed everything and ended up back at the original venue) and it really doesnt work, venue helps determine alot.
If you want a garden feel id actually go for a venue with a garden, not a tent, i was looking for something similar in the beginning and there was never a space big enough that had a nice garden. We ended up finding a B&B that was big enough and has beautiful grounds! I was also looking at vinyards which also have a very vintagy/ shappy sheek feel.
Im DIYing alot, first thing I did was figure out the projects I really wanted to do and see how much it cost to do ( suprizingly sometimes its cheaper to get someone else to do it) here the order i did things
1) invitations/STD ( i opted out of STD’s but i had preped to do them)
2) decorations (curtians/ lace/chiffon bows, table cloths, cake/dessert stands)
3) candy bar stuff ( glass vases/ribbon/crystals for decorating)
4) silk flower bouquets ( my friend is helping me with these because shes worked in floral shops before)
And the stuff i still need to do..
2) Dessert bar/candy bar
4) Boudoir pics *** edited- see? told you id remember!
i know im missing something..it’ll come to me later haha but it does take some time and hard work but its fun!
Post # 6
I too am having a small wedding (thinking 50 guests) and I want to have it outside. I want to do it at a park but there aren’t many nice lush green parks in Tucson lol. And the one I found doesn’t allow chairs or decorations or anything! I was so sad 🙁 So now I’ve found that I can’t hardly plan ANYTHING without a venue!! So I’m still searching. I just want to find one so I can get it on my invites, send them out and start planning how to decorate, chairs, and etc. Grrrr!!