Stressing out SO much!

posted 3 years ago in Emotional
Post # 3
1167 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

@almostthere92:  $750 just for the ceremony venue is a lot with such a tight budget. Is it possible to perhaps do a semi-destination wedding close to NY? You could get things quite a bit cheaper, or possibly free if its a national park or something? Just a thought, but obviously beingfrom Down Under I am no help on pricing 🙂 good luck!

Post # 5
127 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2015

@almostthere92:  I’ve got a suggestion for the venue, if this is possible… Do you know anyone with a sizable backyard? You could have it at someone’s home if it is nice and big. $750 just for the venue sounds too steep for you on a 3k budget. I wish you lots of luck! 

Post # 6
1137 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

I agree with @Ruby_Constantine, I am sure you can find someone’s garden to have the ceremony and even the reception. Gardens don’t need much decor either, so you would save there too.

Post # 7
2 posts
  • Wedding: July 2014

Hi there – I don’t live in the US but here, hiring church halls or rooms in community centres could be the answer.  They can be unbelievably reasonable and it gives you and any friends and family the opportunity to be creative in decorating the room and to cater for yourselves.  Marrying mid week and out of season can make a huge difference to venue costs – often half price.  A large venue, will often prefer to do a good deal rather than have facilities not being used. 

I was recently told of a “bring a plate” wedding where each guest actually brought a plate of food or bottle of wine.  Apparently, it went really well. 

Could you get married in a registry office followed by hosting a barbecue in someone’s garden?  For entertainment, you could have fun playing dinner party games?  I recently organised a special 80th birthday dinner for a small gathering.  We hired a room in a lovely hotel mid week – so very cheap – paid out for a nice dinner but entertained ourselves with dinner party games – it was great fun. 

Hope there is something useful in there.





Post # 8
1085 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

Try VFWs, Elks lodges, renting a bed and breakfast.

The costs do add up. We ended up spending close to $9000 for about 45 guests, if you include rings, wedding dress, make-up, reception, etc. If the budget can’t go above $3,000, perhaps you need to look at eloping or having 10 or 15 guests.

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