Post # 1
Ugh, so I live in the Metro-Atlanta area, and it has been so hard to find a venue! I looked, but the only places in my budget were outside only, and had very little accomodations for rain…. so I finally found one place in Flowery Branch, it was GORGEOUS!!!! I would have loved to have my wedding there, everything about it was perfect…. except it was over $7,000…. My budget for a venue, is only $2,000. I was crushed. So we had to ditch that. Finally, I found a place that wasn’t already booked, and FH and his mom said it was a very nice facility. I feel better having a booked venue, but I’ve never seen it. The plus side, it was only $1,300 for wedding and reception…. but I have to do catering/decorating on my own. I planned on doing most of this DIY anyway, as I’m an art major, and I love designing and decorating things. I’m just worried about who will help me set this up, when we’ll set it up, and if nothing goes as planned? I know I’m stressing too much over this, but the closer to the day we get, the more nervous I get.
Post # 3
I can understand where you’re coming from. I was hoping to find a venue for around $3000, but ended up having to raise my budget to get everything I was looking for.
I’m going to have to bring in my own catering and decor too but I’m okay with it. My theme is VERY different and I have ethnic food so I didn’t really want an all inclusive venue.
Post # 4
You’re missing a “nope, I got lucky and found something within my modest budget that is exactly what I was looking for without much trouble!” option in your poll.
Then again, I’m in Oregon and was just looking for a gardeny place with an indoor option in case of rain that could accomodate 50 people for less than $1k…found it for $400. I’m glad you ended up finding a place!
Post # 5
@LittleSu: Where? im also from oregon but am looking for a outdoor space that can fit 200 for as little as possible lol…. Not as easy
but I think i have found the place but it is over budget and the only rain option is a tent on a tennis court…
Post # 6
The Riverhouse in Shady Cove. It does have outdoor space for 200 (so they say) but the inside only fits up to 80. Also it’s $800 from May-September I believe.
Post # 7
I voted “Yes, but in the end, I found something very fitting.” but what we found was not an actual venue. We decided to have it in his parents’ backyard because anything else would totally break our budget.
Post # 8
I felt very similar. Since we are having 300+ people at our wedding, it was very hard to find a cheap, large place. Our place really isn’t all that glamorous, but it fits all 300 people comfortably and we could bring our own alcohol which was huge for us. I’m not in love with my reception venue but I am in love with all of my other choices. And, our menu is absoltuely delish!!
Post # 9
Your bridal party can help you decorate the day/evening before the wedding. Friends and family can help too if they are willing.
Post # 10
If you aren’t sold on the cheaper venue, have you checked into rental prices at other venues for a Friday or Sunday wedding? I’m having my wedding on a Friday and saved $2000 in rental fees.
Post # 11
Um, the “Nope, daddy paid for it all!!” is both insulting and unrealistic.
My husband and I paid for everything ourselves, and as successful professionals in our late 20’s/early 30’s, we didn’t particularly have a budget. “Daddy” isn’t the only way to have money.
Post # 12
@meladoug:I did try to find Friday/Sunday venues, but everyone is from either Pittsburgh, or Greenville… so I needed Saturday so everyone had time to travel comfortably, and have a day of rest after without having to take off work, if they couldn’t afford it. And I really could only afford $2,000 for both venues. I got the one I have for $1,300. I’m mostly nervous because I’ve never seen it, but I’ve heard from reliable sources that it’s beautiful. I also printed a floorplan, and it seems to be plenty big enough.
Post # 13
I agree that the “Daddy paid for it all” option is insulting. My parents did in fact pay for most of our wedding, but if anything that made me MORE budget-conscious, because it wasn’t my money I was spending. It’s not like my parents are millionaires and money was no object. I’ve wanted to get married at the lake by my parents’ house since I was a little girl, so there wasn’t much venue-searching that went on. There’s no fee, but you have to use their onsite catering. However, I’m really happy with the end result, as is my fiance and both our families.
Post # 14
The “daddy” option was not meant to be offensive. It was meant to be humorous. I apologize if it has upset any of you.
We are scratching and saving what we can, and our parents have offered to chip in for catering. I never expected anything from them, or anyone else for that matter.
I am also, in no way trying to offend those who have financial wealth on their own. I’m sure for couples who have been out of school for several years, and have had time to accumulate quite a bit would be just fine. Just understand that a lot of brides aren’t in that position when they become engaged, and still may not be in that position after a long engagement.
Again, I apologize if that poll option has offended a few of you, I will try to edit the post and re-word it.
Post # 15
i think your nope option is a bit offensive, just because some of us have family that can financially support a wedding (or $10K elopment with after party in my case) doesnt make us spoilt princesses
edit: its seems we were typing at the same time as i just read your post above mine. goodluck with your wedding plans
Post # 16
We had to cut our guest list and raise our budget to be able to afford the place we are getting married, but I love it.