Post # 1
We’re on a very limited budget of $4,000 and we expect 40 people to attend our wedding. We both want a beach wedding.
What do you think about the idea of paying for a beach wedding package in Cocoa Beach Florida that includes decorations, set up, take down, and the minister for about $2,000 and then to rent a large house with an ocean view for one week, that all our immediate family can stay in and can all contribute towards.
We would then have the food catered and buy wine and champagne in bulk.
Also, we can buy flowers and my sister, who’s a floral consult in NY, can help us make the arrangements.
Do you think this is a good idea?
Post # 3
I think that sounds great – why don’t you ask your family what they think? They are the ones who will be attending. Will it be convenient for them to travel there? How much do you think it will be to rent the house? Will they be able to take one week off and pay their share of the rent for the house? Do you think the remaining $2000 can pay for the floor, alchohol, travel, and any other expenses you might incur?
Post # 4
I concur with emileee’s advice. Sounds like a lovely way to have a nice reunion/family event/vacation, as long as it works with your people. I would just say that you should prepare to be far more flexible, timing wise, than you would be otherwise. Also, if you stay for a week, consider a weekday event and see if you can get a discount. Even like $400 off is 10% of your budget! Finally, also look into a DIY ceremony, and see if your savings would be enough to warrant the extra work. $2000 is not a crazy sum by any means, but if a DIY is only $1000, huge play money!
Post # 5
If you spend the $2000, what excatly does this come with? You say set up/tear down, so does this only include the chairs & tables, or does it also include table cloths?
Also to give you some insight, you will also still need (of course this is dependant on your particular wedding, but these are some typical items:
-Your dress, veil, photographer, Food, Cake, table settings & glasses (whether plastic, paper or glass,) invitations & postage, wine & champagne (like you mentioned,) bulk flowers, vases, any other paper items (like programs, etc,) marriage licence, rental of the house, & favors.
I left out rings, tux, and honeymoon. I think we could better help you if we knew what excatly you need for your 4K budget, then we might be able to help open your eyes to see if its feasible or not 🙂
Post # 6
I think it sounds great – just beware of hidden costs.
If you or someone you know can go an meet with the people and see the decor they use etc, that could go a long way. I would hate for you to spend half your budget and then not get all you thought you were going to get.