(Closed) VERY tight budget… Need help!!!!

posted 5 years ago in Venue
Post # 3
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658 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2012

First of all, if you are covering all the expenses yourself, keep it simple. Sometimes it is absolutely true what they say, less is more. Do what yu can. If you are thinking a rustic theme, now is a great time to gather pine cones and other outdoor things that can be preserved and used for decor. That would be nearly free for you and really pretty. 

What else were you thinking as far as decor etc.?

 

Post # 5
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5479 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

You could get married and have the reception at the same location- then you wouldn’t have to rent two separate venues.

Also, you could do a lunch reception (cheaper than dinner!) or even get married at a non-meal time and serve appetizers & desserts.  You can host just beer and wine, or if your budget allows, host beer, wine, and a signature cocktail.

If you can buy your dress either used or off the rack that would save boatloads of money.

We are delaying our honeymoon to give us more time to save money, so maybe you can plan a summer trip somewhere as your honeymoon.

Post # 6
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658 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2012

@Shae_Baby:  I hear ya. We are just having a court house ceremony but are hiring a photgrapher and doing a dinner afterwards with a couple of close friends and I am stressed out, mostly because I am designing my ring myself and having it custom made. Ahhh. But anyways, back to you.

I love the idea of mason jars. You can do so much with them, and if your a canner like me, you probably already have a ton. If not, ask a friend or family member who cans, they would probably allow you to borrow them. You can make some neat center pieces with them. Like these. 

 This can be done with some ribbon or the rope tyes like you see, water and some floating candles. 

I also saw this and thought of your barn when I saw the wall. Getting some old rope of some sort and using wooden clothes pins to hang pics of you and your hubby can dress up the wall for cheap.

 

 

 

Good luck and I have more ideas if you are interested. I love this kind of thing. Planning that is. 

 

Post # 8
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2907 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

The first thing to do is figure out a budget – how much money you’ll have to spend – and then write out a list of the things you absolutely need. (An officiant, tables and chairs if your venue doesn’t include them, food, drinks, dress, decor, music… and don’t forget to factor in tax and gratuity!) Then figure out which of those things is most important to you – do you want to splurge on flowers but don’t mind skimping on your dress? Are you okay with having an ipod instead of a DJ so you can spend more money on food? 

The venue is a big one, since that determines a lot of the rest of your budget. Have you thought about renting a space in a state park? Finding a friend with a large backyard? 

Post # 10
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37 posts
Newbee
  • Wedding: October 2012

Hi, I know you said you really want a barn, but one thing to possibly thing about would be to rent a house and do it in a back yard. I’m in SoCal so I’m thinking maybe Palm Springs area? I bet you could find a place with a nice backyard and make it rustic looking. Then you could do lots of DIY stuff to add your personal touches. I love the brunch idea and think you could definitely get a much better deal on prices if you do that. If you found something in the LA/OC area, you might be able to get a food truck to do your food (I’m thinking a crepe place maybe) and that might be a lot easier than a catering company. I would also suggest that if you rent somewhere and bring in a company for food to look on amazon or another site to find your silverware, plates, glasses, etc. My friends mom ended up buying things online and saved a lot of money versus renting. Hope this helps!

Post # 12
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3886 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

I would be a little reluctant to take on so many DIY projects in such a short timeframe. January 2013 is just a few short months away and with the holidays right around the corner, you’ll only have maybe 10 weeks or so of actual time to work on your projects, maybe less.

I’d take an alternate approach and look for a venue that already has decor. In the Bay Area there are a ton of wineries within a reasonable driving distance, and many of them already do weddings.  You would get your outdoorsy and rustic but would not have to do as much dressing up. An afternoon wine-and-cheese reception could be very budget-friendly.  When pricing your venue, remember that if you’re not spending money on DIY supplies, you have a bigger venue rental budget.  Also look into some of the more public-friendly farms and dairies out there; there’s quite a few in Napa and Sonoma that make and sell their own products so they already have a tasting room, picnic area, and other public-friendly amenities, so it wouldn’t be like having a wedding reception on a working dairy farm. 

Post # 13
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3472 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2012 - The Gables Inn, Santa Rosa, CA

When you say “small budget” what is your number?  I am also a bay area bride, and I also happen to do event planning, so I’d be happy to send you some links to a few local places that might fit your theme (No, I’m not trying to sell anything, so please no one flag me!) 

Let me know your price range, and I’ll happily send you any venues I have that are within it. 🙂

Post # 14
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2907 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

@Shae_Baby:  I’m generally against the idea of putting something like a wedding on credit cards, but is that a possibility for deposits? If you can figure out a budget that would allow you to pay everything off by (or shortly after) the wedding, using credit cards might not be a bad idea. (But don’t go into serious debt for a wedding! This is just a tool to help you get things booked a month or two ahead of when you’ll have the money to pay for it.) 

Also, you might want to consider having a cake and punch reception as opposed to a whole sit down meal – that will save you money! You can get fruit and cheese platters and a wedding cake from a local grocery store or Costco/Wal-mart and a few big punch bowls from a party supply store. 

Also, if you’re religious, perhaps your church will have a hall that they could rent to you for a low fee? 

Post # 15
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658 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2012

@Shae_Baby:  Thank you. Creating my own is not all I thought it would be. Its hard to know just what I want because I see so many gorgeous rings that I can’t possibly incorporate everything into just one ring. 

As for you my dear, just let me know more about what you are looking for and I can keep throwing ideas your way. If I suggest something that you dont like, just tell me cause i wont be offended. People have different tastes and I respect that.

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