(Closed) 10K Wedding budget

posted 8 years ago in Philadelphia
Post # 3
8 posts
  • Wedding: June 2014

Why not do a garden brunch reception? You save money on food you would spend on dinner and the time of day, because venues can still use the venue for another wedding that same night.

Or find a private park or garden. A beautiful garden will need little decoration and it’ll probably still be a little mild weather in May. 


Another option, if you want to save money, is to do a cocktails only reception or dessert only. But make sure you let people know there won’t be a full meal served and have the reception in between meal times. After lunch, before dinner.


Here’s a great article on tips to have a wedding on a $5,000 budget. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/bridal-guide/how-to-plan-a-5000-wedding_b_2963649.html

Post # 4
405 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

try kings mill in media, pa.  Also, I would consider switching your date if you’re looking to keep it under 10K as May is very popular.  A lot of venues will offer discounts for off months (Jan, Feb, and March) in addition to Friday or Sunday weddings – I have even had Video, DJ, and Limo services offer discounts for Friday and Sunday. 

Post # 7
7 posts
  • Wedding: September 2013

Have you checked out http://partyspace.com/philadelphia ? they have a ton of venues and a Follow feature that lets you look at vendor’s calendars and set alerts to let you know if dates become available or are taken. 

Also, a lot of parks have signs posted saying no alcohol, but will make exceptions for weddings so I would call Parks & Rec and see what their stance is.  I know that because initially that was our plan.  However, because you have to bring everything in, the renting gets really out of control if youre not careful (think chairs, tables, speaker systems, our wedding as somewhere between 160-180 people and we had to look into renting porta potties.) you may actually save money going to an established venue.  We ended up at Tyler Arboretum because it has that outdoor area, but has a permanent tent and indoor area in case of bad weather – which is my life story.

Happy Hunting and congrats on your engagement!

Post # 8
2 posts
  • Wedding: August 2014

I realize it’s been a few weeks since you posted, but since my fiance and I are also getting married in Philadelphia and also want to keep total costs under $10,000 I have a few venue suggestions:

The venue we eventually decided on is the Valley Green Inn in Fairmout Park. The price per head for a daytime wedding is a little higher than your ideal, but not by much, and the facilities fee is very reasonable. All the bar costs are included.

For options that are more DIY (i.e., places where you could hold a reception, but you’d have to bring in an outside caterer), I’d check out the Colonial Dames or the German Society of Philadelphia…both are beautiful facilities and the rental fee for each is about $3,000, which is about as cheap I could find within Philadelphia. You might also look at the Fleisher Art Memorial…if I remember correctly, the rental fee is even cheaper, like around $1,500.

Hope that helps! 

Post # 12
5 posts
  • Wedding: October 2013

While the German Society is really beautiful- my husband and I were just married there and the staff is HORRIBLE to deal with. They made my sister (Maid of honor) cry at the wedding because they were so rude, they started construction on the building without telling us beforehand and we had to change our whole wedding, not to mention basically beg them to even get stairs into the front door, they locked our guests who came a few minutes early out in the heat and were completely rude to them. It’s a great space, but really, it’s not worth being so stressed dealing with the staff, take it from me!

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