Venue dilemma. Need opinions.

posted 3 years ago in Money
  • poll: Would you rather..
    Have your dream wedding which will come in right at (or slightly over) budget? : (22 votes)
    67 %
    Have a nice wedding that isn't exactly what you want but will cost $6000 less. : (11 votes)
    33 %
  • Post # 3
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    3344 posts
    Sugar bee
    • 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
    Member
    511 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: August 2014

    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
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    2962 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: April 2013

    @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
    Member
    505 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: October 2014

    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 # 8
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    8593 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: September 2013

    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.

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