- 3 years ago
My fiance and I have briefly discussed wedding budgets and we feel comfortable with spending about $15,000 for our big day. We know that his parents will be contributing, just not how much, so for now we are trying to stick to this $15K mark even though the budget will go up. I would consider myself a super savvy shopper, and before getting engaged I thought I was up the challenge of having a beautiful wedding on a smaller budget. I don’t want to blow our savings on an expensive wedding if I can shop around, do a little DIY, and get things for a significant discount. However, after looking at prices for vendors in the Atlanta area I am feeling more overwhelmed than ever. I’ve always known that weddings are expensive, but before getting engaged I didn’t realize that they were THIS expensive. We have pretty much decided on a venue that costs $3300 for a Saturday evening rental. This includes tables and chairs. We would also be saving a chunk of change because the venue allows us to bring our own alcohol (if served by our caterer) and offers free parking. The parking issue may not sound like much, but thats a huge deal in Midtown Atlanta/Buckhead. On the one hand the venue is very reasonably priced for our our area, but at the same time I know that it’s a significant percentage of the budget. I’m looking to you ladies for advice. How did you save big in certain areas while still having the wedding of your dreams?