- 6 years ago
- Wedding: December 2012
Hello, bees! After lurking madly on here for the last month, I’m delighted to say that my darling fiance proposed last weekend. I’m so humbled, excited, and in love that I can barely type the words “my fiance.” 🙂
I’m new to all this wedding planning stuff, but as we have decided to get married in December, I figured that I’d better get a budget together, and FAST. We’re going to keep it under 8K, and have a budget of $4500–we could go as high as $5000, but that’s absolutely the uppermost limit–for the reception. We want a sit-down dinner; buffet is fine). We plan on serving wine, but no liquor. No DJ, but speakers and a mike so we can plug in an iPod and a microphone. Ideally, we’d find an inclusive place to whom we could write a check, say “Deal with all this for us,” and walk away, calm in the assurance that linens, centerpieces, menus, setup, and cleanup were all being taken care of. Stop laughing; I do realize that the wedding vendor world is less than ideal for a scenario like that. 😛 Alternately, I would be veryveryVERY happy if I could just find a venue and caterer combination that would let me do something similar.
I know that this is short notice for a lot of the vendors and locations, and this is further complicated further by the fact that we are shooting for a December 15 wedding. Yes, two Saturdays before Christmas. Yes, we’re insane. *sigh* But we’re head-over-heels in love, we want to get married, we’ve been LDRing it for nine months, our church requires a 6-month waiting period…so December it is. (We’d look at January if it weren’t his busy time at work.)
We’re getting married in Irving, which is between Dallas and Arlington. We could do a reception anywhere in a 30-minute radius of Irving, so Dallas, Arlington, Bedford, Hurst, Addison, or similar areas are all feasible. We’re not especially picky about the venue, either. We want our guests to a) enjoy the food, b) enjoy the atmosphere and spending time with one another, and c) not get mugged on their way to and from their cars. I work at a local college in a phenomenally bad neighborhood, and could get a reception space there for a steep discount if it weren’t for item c….sigh. Honestly, anything beyond that is gravy.
Advice? Suggestions? Success stories featuring the perfect wedding reception on a similar budget?
Thanks in advance!