(Closed) Working with VERY small budget

posted 6 years ago in Dallas
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

Are you open to doing it in a park?  That is usually one of the cheaper options.  And then taking everyone to a restaurant for a reception or something.

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Newbee
  • Wedding: June 2011

check this venue…they do a whole packet for 10k…fiesta gardens in duncanville

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Newbee
  • Wedding: June 2011

by whole packet i mean…dj, food, cake, waiters, bartender, clean up, photography all linens and decor

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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

We had a smaller total budget than that, and managed the total cost of our reception (venue, food, service, beer and wine) for around $3500 (for 70 people) by using a restaurant. 

We had a cocktail party style reception, with lots of hors d’ouevres that people could make a meal out of if they wanted to – so we saved tons of money on food by not having a plated dinner. (Still, people said the food was amazing and plentiful). A restaurant just needs to make sure they make about the same as they would if they were open for regular customers. For afternoon, that should be extremely cheap, since lunch and afternoon are not at all when most restaurants make their money. 

We used a restaurant that’s one of our favorites, so we already knew how good the food is, and didn’t have to fuss with tastings. But if you pick a restaurant you don’t really know, you can easily try the food by just eating there. The other upside is getting to go back – DH and I just went for dinner last week at the place we were married 🙂

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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

I know you said you don’t want to go farther than Richardson, but if you haven’t been able to find anything you like, check out Occasions at Stone River. It is located in Royse City and is very affordable. They provide tables, chairs,linens, centerpieces, catering and a wedding coordinator. It’s worth looking into. They did a great job on our wedding!

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Wannabee
  • Wedding: May 2011

I had my ceremony and reception at the downtown dallas El Fenix Restaurant location. They have a rooftop room and terrace that is completely private and separate from the rest of the restaurant. They only charge for food and alcohol (and their alcohol package is INCREDIBLY reasonable). The terrace is completely decked with lounge furniture. There is no room rental fee and staff/linens/tables/chairs/stemware/etc. are all included. This will definitely allow you to keep well under your budget. 

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Newbee
  • Wedding: March 2012

We used the Texas Star golf course for the wedding and reception. Room rental was $600 for both on a Sunday and food was $1300.

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Newbee
  • Wedding: July 2012

My budget was relatively small too and I ended up using the majority of it for my reception. My ceremony space was free and I got great deals on my DJ and Photographer. I also used a cake baker who does it out of a commercial kicthen in her home and she teaches cake classes and stuff so she’s able to do it for a fraction of what a normal bakery costs. 

Here’s the info. on my vendors in case you’re looking for more than just a venue:

DJ: http://www.allaccessdjdfw.com

Cake: http://www.wedesigncakes.com << Selina DeCaesare

Photographer: http://www.emilydavisphoto.com << Her collections start at $1.250.00

Post # 12
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Bee Keeper

My wedding is being done for only $1000 (one thousand dollars) so to me your budget is not small…

Post # 13
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

@happyface:  not to threadjack- but I’d love to hear MORE about your wedding. As a budget bride I LOVE budget insperation!!

Post # 14
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: January 2012

Not sure how their pricing is for 2013, but you should check out the Addison Event Center.  I got married there and LOVED it.  Henry and Suzan were amaaaaaaaaaaazing to work with – they and my photographers were by far my favorite vendors – and the venue is the nicest thing you can possibly get in that budget range.  I highly recommend them.

ETA:  Just saw that this thread is two months old.  Oops.

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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

@GreenEyedMoon:  not my thread, but thanks for the recommendation! I will definitely add the AEC to my list of venues to tour. It looks great and the price is right!

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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

@GreenEyedMoon: Hi again…met with Henry today and was truly impressed with the facility and his friendly demeanor! I have one more location to tour, but I am definitely leaning towards AEC! Did you by chance use Delicious Cakes nearby? That seems to be their fave cake vendor and I’m seeing a lot of great reviews. 

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