- 3 years ago
- Wedding: June 2014
FI and I are recently engaged, and want to get the date/venue stuff out of the way so we can kick back and relax a bit. I am NOT a lover of party-planning, so this venue searching is really cramping my style – I have half a mind to up and elope 😛
We do NOT want to break the bank on this one day. I have student loans, and would prefer to try and save for a down payment on a home. That said, it is still an important life-event, and we definitely do have a vision for it (it’s just that having the vision fit the budget is a bit of a hassle).
The vision – romantic, rustic, whimsical, quaint (no halls/hotel ballrooms etc.) Think vineyard, brewery, barn (but we’re not overly country at all) type feel. We live in Burlington, but are willing to travel a bit (NOTL or something of the like).
The budget – $15,000 MAX (including venue, food, drinks, attire etc.) Basically everything, apart from honeymoon. I feel as though $15,000 is a ridiculous amount of money..is it just me?! However, I am fully aware that most weddings run an average of 25-30 G’s. UGH.
The guest-list: 80-100
*open to a church wedding (Catholic) with a reception-only venue, OR to an all-in-one site (we can have a church blessing afterwards).
We are not fussy over invites, flowers, centrepieces or other small details. Our bigger focus is on guests being able to have a fun, stress-free evening! We don’t want them paying for drinks, but are open to other scenarios (wine and beer only, or BYOB venues etc). Dancing is a must! In terms of food, we’re not very formal people, so a family-style dinner is what we’re leaning towards.
If you happen to know of any hidden gems, please do share! I’d love to hear from you!
P.s. I say “hidden” because I’ve spent countless hours searching online, but to no avail. xoxoxo