Post # 1
My Fiancé and I are aiming for a wedding on 12-Nov-10, in Miami/Fort Lauderdale (and surrounding areas). I know to some it may seem as though it’s not near enough time to plan, but we are determined. We have been engaged a year now, and the reason for putting off the wedding is that we are buying a house first, then with whatever budget we have left, will do a wedding.
Does anyone have any advice for keeping it as low cost as possible? I am Canadian and on a visa here, and she Fiancé is a Kindergarten teacher who works so hard and does so much for so many, I want to be able to give her (us) the best possible day for what our budget allows. We figure it will be for about 100 people, and would like to (if possible) keep it to $5k-$6k ($9k MAX!)
Given the area, this may be hard, but we are paying for it all ourselves. I will have some family and friends coming in for it, and she has friends/limited family here.
One idea we thought of was to rent out the clubhouse of a gated community in Weston area. But it only holds about 65 people.
Any local info/tips/ideas/advice is desperately needed and appreciated!
Thanks in advance,
Good luck and Congrats to all!!
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Post # 3
You definitely have enough time, you just need to get organized now to get it all together! Last year, hubs proposed on 2/26/09 and we got married 11/21/09 and didn’t feel like we were rushing at all because we made key big decisions first.
- Decide on how big you want the wedding – sounds like you figured that out, but in that 100 – decide if that’s the ideal number and try to guess if that many will actually RSVP – you can do that by calling close relatives, like parents and asking their advice.
- Look on the internet for places that could accommodate that number and get in contact with a person from that location via phone or email. (Our wedding was actually at a gated clubhouse, as you mentioned, and we DID have 65 people! How ironic!)
- Visit the places (I’d say it would be good if you had like 2-3 venues in mind)
- Book that venue as soon as you can and things will really flow from there, I promise!
Post # 4
Thanks very much KrissyCake!
Thats funny you did the same as we are loooking into. If you don’t mind me asking what kind of a budget were you guys on? Any additional pointers on how to make the clubhouse thing flow smoothly, and or less expensive, or what it is worth paying for to not do yourself?
Again thanks for the encouragement and congrats!
Post # 5
We looked into doing the clubhouse thing for our wedding. We are located in Melbourne. Here are a few things we considered:
- We would probably have to rent everything. Most clubhouses can hold over 100 people, but they don’t provide the chairs/tables for that many people.
- Cateres would be hard to get because the kitchens are typically small and not meant for catering. We would run the risk of cold food.
- Since many clubhouses are smaller, we wanted to do something indoors and outdoors which meant we would have to rent a tent or something of that sort.
- We would have to rent ALL linens, buy our own alcohol, etc. Just a lot more that gets put on your to do list. Sometimes you can save money doing this way but it can also take up more time.
In the end we decided to rent the clubhouse for the rehearsal dinner. Also, check into other neighborhoods, most of them will rent out their clubhouse to you even if you don’t live there.
Post # 7
@swinterhome – congrats to you both, as well!
We had a very reasonable budget – about $7K altogether, including our honeymoon – we paid for it ourselves, too. It’s important to decide HOW you want to spend the money as well – for example, we spent the most on photography…what’s important to YOU?
The clubhouse thing actually ran a lot smoother than we thought…this was due to a few things:
- Our clubhouse coordinator was AWESOME. He really served as an-almost Day of Coordinator, and made sure that we had the floorplan of the reception together, timelines and important phone #s/contact information for vendors
- Our caterer was so organized! Our caterer had connections with several linen companies and for just 10 percent of the linen cost, they (caterers) picked up, set up and dropped off linens for us. This was a big help that we didn’t have to worry about! If you can get a similar deal, I would recommend it! In the end, the linen cost was equal or less than what we would have spent if we found our own linen supplier and did everything on our own.
- We found a buffet meal to be more cost-efficient, and our guests loved the food. That saving allowed us to afford an open bar (beer/wine) all evening.
- We bought our wedding cake at PUBLIX! People loved it, and my hubby picked it up himself, avoiding the $50 delivery fee.
If you have more questions, don’t hesitate to ask!
Post # 8
That’s great to hear,and puts my mind at ease a bit for sure hehe.
I appreciate the feedback, and I will likely take you up on your kind offer with more inquiries!
Again, thanks for taking the time!
Post # 9
Hi! I just had a South Florida (Coral Gables) wedding a few weeks ago! Originally I wanted exactly what you just stated, but we ended up opting for less stress and our budget more than tripled. In the end it was gorgeous and we’re happy we did it, but I know a wedding can be done like you want it for that budget and still be gorgeous. I would take a look at places like the Shane Center in Miami Beach (can bring own catering, beautiful blank canvas, low rental fee) and also public parks where you can rent outdoor spaces.
I also recommend the South Florida Knot Board: http://forums.theknot.com/Sites/theknot/Pages/Main.aspx/local-wedding-boards_florida-south-florida
In terms of finding vendors, locations, etc. that board was INVALUABLE in my planning. Seriously invaluable. I saved so much money because of them (I also spent some money on upgrades because of them but it was all worth it! Good luck!)
Post # 10
Thanks Bluebook and congrats!
I will check out your reco’s for sure!
Post # 11
If your locatin is flexible you should consider thewest cost of Fl, much more resonable prices for venues and vendors. I got married in Naples. with a small ceremony (50 people) at the botanical gardens and had a larger reception a little over a hundred showed up at a rented home we rented from http://www.homeaway.com much nicer than renting a venue for a night, we got it for the weekend!
Post # 12
If you are searching for packages try Uniquely Yours Event Planning. Officiant Services, photography during the ceremony and immediately afterwards, wedding programs, bubbles and more. Beach weddings are a specialty.
Post # 13
Fiance and I considered Key West for a wedding.
Reasonable ceremony packages including flowers and photos:
Key West Destination Weddings
Well-reviewed restaurant offering reasonably-priced reception packages:
Post # 14
Did you check the Bonaventure Town Center in Weston, FL?
They are renting their ballrooms to non-member now.