Wedding budget & venue help!!

posted 2 years ago in Venue
  • poll: What should we do?
    Book the venue! : (2 votes)
    33 %
    Keep looking! : (4 votes)
    67 %
  • Post # 2
    8385 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: April 2013

    freckledjasmin:  Have you budgeted for the rest of your wedding?  My biggest costs were open bar, food, and photography.  I would highly recommend that you create a spreadsheet so you can clearly see all of your wedding expenses at a glance.

    Post # 3
    2065 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: July 2014

    I’m getting married in the Chicago suburbs (looked in the city too, but my fiance’s family is from the country so would freak), so I know that is actually a reasonable price (I think maybe the venue fee is a tad high, but the cost per person is very reasonable).  However, if your budget also includes the dress and/or rings, I don’t think that will work.  Even without the dress or rings in that figure, 6k for flowers, ceremony fees, and photographer alone would be tight (doable- but tight).  My fees for musicians, officiant, other church fees total 2 grand. 2200 is really the absolute cheapest you can go for decent professional photography (and if you want videography too than you might be out of luck).  We got our flowers for 1000 dollars- we got an amazing deal, but that doesn’t include centerpieces for the reception.  We will be making those ourselves to save money.  And then there is a DJ, who average cost a couple grand, and limo rentals (also pricier than you would think), and the many other random fees and expenses that come up planning a wedding.  

    I think the venue might be a bit out of reach for your budget if you are absolutely adament about not going over it.  You might end up close if you are very frugal everywhere and do a lot of DIY, but it would be tight, and weddings always get more elaborate and expensive as planning continues, it is very probable you’d go over.  If going over budget isn’t an option, than you really should trim down the guest list or look at other venues (maybe you have to change your vision a little to fit your budget).  I found the venue fees are what really get you.  Instead of fee, look for a venue with a food/drink minimum instead.   

    Definitely go through ALL the costs of a wedding, find different options, and how much they cost, so you can figure out how to best use your budget.  

    Post # 4
    95 posts
    Worker bee
    • Wedding: May 2015

    freckledjasmin:  Wow I am in the exact same situation!! I say go for it, because just like you, we realized that most other venues were in the same price range, and we were afraid someone else would book it before us. Get it if you are ready to compromise on some other costs to stay within budget (I hate that word too!)

    Good luck!!

    Post # 5
    76 posts
    Worker bee
    • Wedding: June 2015

    Thing that I have learned from many people is all prices are negotiable. See if they are willing to come down a bit somewhere. Maybe you can knock of $2k or they’ll throw in something for free that you would have needed to pay for otherwise like a cake or something?

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