Post # 1
So my FI and I are going to see a few venues in the upcoming weeks and we are getting down to that one-year mark where the venues start to book up.
Our budget is $15000. There is a venue that is EVERYTHING we want. We are looking to have a rustic barn wedding and this venue would be absolutely perfect. With all our expenses, the wedding would come in pretty much right at $15000 but might go over.
The other venue we’re considering is a lake cruise and pretty much everything is included. The grand total for the wedding wouldn’t top $9500. It would be nice but not really what we want.
I know what the rational, logical solution is, but my heart just doesn’t want to go with that option. What would you do?
Post # 3
- Wedding: April 2013 - Rhode Island
As long as your lives are financially stable, I recommend you have the wedding you really want. But if there is anything up in the air about your jobs or living situation, don’t risk it.
We went $16K over budget for our wedding. Do I regret it? Not necessarily. I got the most perfect wedding I could have ever asked for! But it definitely dug into our savings and now we have to wait longer to start a family. As long as things keep going as they’re going, we’ll start saving money like crazy and everything will be fine. But if one of us had lost our job, it would have been a disaster.
Therefore, my advice is to follow your heart so long as it doesn’t lead to financial ruin.
Post # 4
I say go for it, but try to tighten up your budget so you don’t go over the $15k mark. You probably won’t remember in 10 years that you bought the less expensive appetizer or used gerbera daisies instead of calla lilies, but your venue can completely change the experience! It makes it worth investing in. That’s my view anyway.
Post # 5
@thunderberry: +1. Try to keep your budget tight everywhere else. This may include the dress so think about it. I think the all-inclusive venues are a great way to keep the stress level down too!
Post # 6
almost-date twins 🙂
if you’re somewhat financially stable, definitely use that little bit, but still be aware of finances/expsenses! i think of all things, don’t cheap out on the venue.
plus wouldn’t a lake cruise be chilly that time of year?!
Post # 7
@kristen182: It might be, but I think if we did do the lake cruise, we’d bump it up to August.
@Christy42213: I like the follow your heart advice! I think I’m going to go with it haha.
@thunderberry: Good tips, I’ve been cutting the budget elsewhere, we’re doing our own invitations, centerpieces & favors so that should help cut costs.
@lindseyl06: Keeping my stress level down is a high priority right now so thanks for the tips!
Thanks everyone for your thoughts!
Post # 8
I’d probably go for it. But it depends on just how accurate your budget is everywhere else. What else is included in your budget and how much are you budgeting for those? I know when I started planning I had no idea what things really cost and so I went way over my original budget goal. Because I wasn’t very informed on what things actually cost.
Post # 9
@kes18: The only thing that isn’t in my budget is my dress, because my mom said she would pay for the dress. And the rest of the items in the budget are based off quotes I got from vendors and just kind of inflated them a bit to cover taxes and extra fees and whatnot.