Post # 1
I am freaking out and I need advice. I just got engaged and I am planning an October wedding. We will be moving to Denver around that time that is why I’m planning it them. I am on a TIGHT budget where we plan on inviting 80 people and our budget cannot exceed 8,000. This includes dress, venue for ceremony and reception and all the other good stuff that comes with it. I am reaching out to you guys for suggestions in venue. I would like my wedding to be like a rustic vintage affair. If you know of a good venues, caterer or florist. I was thinking of doing a lot of DIY but I’m most stressed in finding a venue. PLEASE HELP!
Oh yes I live in nyc and it would be best for a location in Bklyn, Queens or LI.
Thank you guys!
Post # 3
@Geenie1222: I’m literally halfway around the world but my advice is find a gorgeous dress second hand, you’ll save SO much. I’m still waiting for my ring but found a gorgeous dress for $50 2 years ago – the style of dress would e at least $1500 new 😉
Post # 4
Thank you for the suggestion. That is something I am considering. How did you find your dress?
Post # 5
You may want to consider having a daytime or brunch reception to save on costs. It will be really difficult to do a dinner reception for that many people with your budget.
Post # 6
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I am in the same boat, and now that my wedding is just about completely planned, I’ve learned a lot! We have a guest list of 75 and aiming for a total budget (including honeymoon) of $7000.
My advice is to sit down with your fiance and hash out what is most important to each of you. After much soul-searching, we found that we did not want to blow a large chunk of our budget on photography or on a wedding cake, but would prefer to spend on food and a dj for entertainment for our guests, and I wanted a florist to do my flowers.
Once you know what your priorities really are, it’s a lot easier to focus on cutting corners in other places. There are so many things that bridal salons and the wedding industry will try to convince you that you need, like a blingy diamond band, a super-marked up (pricewise) veil, mini cakes, flowers on everything, etc…
And, dollar stores and former brides are your friends!
Post # 7
I’m not sure about their availability, but the Queens County Farm in Floral Park is quite nice and I’ve heard it’s affordable! http://www.queensfarm.org/
Post # 8
How would you feel about having a lunch reception at a nice restaurant? Restaurant receptions tend to be cheaper than receptions at function centres or other such venues, lunch menus are usually a lot cheaper than dinner menus, and you’d also probably end up spending a lot less on alcohol as your guests will likely drink less in the early afternoon than they would in the evening.
Post # 9
@Geenie1222: I found it by accident, which is why I bought it when I was still single! I was at a op-shop warehouse with a friend (who coincidentally introduced me to my SO 6 months later), and she was off doing her own thing. I got bored and tried on the dress for sh!ts and giggles – it looked way too gorgeous to leave there so I scruffed it 😉
Bigger op-shops tend to have a few wedding dresses – most are ghastly but every now and again there’s a gem 🙂
Post # 10
Joanne’s Fabrics is running their 70% off spring flowers until the 6th of July.
hope this helps!
Post # 11
What about having a destination wedding in your new hometown – Denver? Your dollar would stretch A LOT further in Denver. I know several couples from college and work who have had destination weddings in Denver – all their pictures are seriously SO amazing, and the natural beauty definitely fits the rustic theme more easily than NYC would.
Post # 12
If at all possible I would try to get your guest list down.
Post # 13
Here’s a site, incase you don’t have a stand in store in NY:
Post # 14
We came to the realization that we’d rather save money for a house than spend all of it on a wedding. We cut our guest list in half, and a friend volunteered their backyard for the venue. This makes our venue free, instead of the $1500 we were planning on spending. Also, I know that the people at the wedding will have fun together. Look around and talk to your friends for ideas.