Post # 1
So, when I sstarted planning, my fiance and I had a very low budget set (under $7500) but it quickly became clear that wasn’t going to happen. So, we upped things to a budget of around $10,000 with a little wiggle room.
Now, we’ve started getting estimates and a bit of a reality check. Our reception venue was $2000 (reasonable considering comaprisons). Catering estimates have been between $6,000 and $10,000. We worked with the caterer we are crazy about to get “down” to an estimate of $8,000 for catering.
If we go with them, we will obviously be blowing our budget completely. Is this a smart idea? We love the caterer and the quality will far exceed that of the two caterers with estimates below $8,000.
Or, will we be setting a regretable trend of going overboard on everything?
Post # 3
Where is the money coming from? Is it from credit cards and loans or from money that you can safely lose (i.e. liquid assets)?
Post # 4
From savings money/ to be earned income. We’re not planning on putting anything on credit cards/ taking out loans. We technically have all the money now, but we’re obviously hoping not to drain our savings too much….
Post # 5
oh my goodness! chicago is tough… i’d definitely ask other chicago bees for vendor recs… I definitely think perhaps you should sit down with a coordinator (or anyone who knows the wedding biz)… some coordinators offer a help getting started package and with it you can ask them questions and perhaps they can give you better direction of vendors in your price range. What exactly are your reception venues criteria regarding a caterer? how many guests are you having?
Post # 6
That’s a good idea – sitting down with a coordinator. Our venue provides somewhat of a challenge – they have a preferred list of caterers (around 10). I’ve gotten estimates from as many as I could get a hold of. If we go with a caterer outside of that list, we have to pay an extra $500 to the site so that they can approve them. but, the fee may be worth it if we can get a better deal!
Our wedding is really small – 75 guests. Thank you so much for the advice about the coordinator!