(Closed) Budget Blues

posted 11 years ago in Money
  • poll: Was it difficult for you to find a venue you loved that was in your budget?

    Yes! I had to settle for something that was only so/so

    Nope, I had no budget, daddy paid for it all!

    Yes, but in the end, I found something very fitting.


    I had difficulty, and had to raise my budget.

    I ended up eloping, and using the money on a nice honeymoon!

  • Post # 3
    1113 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: October 2011

    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
    141 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: April 2012

    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
    2404 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: August 2013

    @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
    141 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: April 2012

    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
    479 posts
    Helper bee

    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
    1583 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: November 2011

    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
    1523 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: April 2011

    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
    165 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: July 2011

    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
    7038 posts
    Busy Beekeeper
    • Wedding: September 2010

    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 # 13
    692 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: April 2011

    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 # 15
    3605 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: May 2010

    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
    443 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: June 2011

    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.

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