Post # 16
What about Craig Ranch? It’s new, massive, is just completing a lake and a couple buildings. The construction gates should be coming down soon. Or Mt. Charleston? That is tougher with logistics though. I live in Vegas too and will try to think of more places. There is Rainbow Gardens, not ideal. It brings the outdoors in is the off season is better in your budget. You can go to Worst Receptions recent thread, page 4 first comment is my personal review of the place. The weather here is best in October, April can be tricky. Also, another budget friendly local food is an In N Out truck. There are so many gourmet food trucks in our area, if Famous Dave’s doesn’t work out then one of those could be perfect for a park wedding.
Post # 17
- Wedding: October 2015 - Marquee - Private Property
Totally feeling the ‘stickler for a plan’ part… my best honest advice? Go rogue! We are getting married on a farm with incredible views and I just asked the farmer if it was okay to get married there. The only other weddings he’s had are his daughters. It will save you a bucketload of cash and you can totally customise it into a unique day x
Post # 18
Okay I don’t know what it’s like in Vegas but if you’re thinking about renting a tent and stuff for an outdoor wedding…I’d think again. It sounds easy but when you rent a tent (most tents are pretty expensive for what you’ll need), you also need to rent tables and chairs and plates and linens and…the list just goes on.
I would look at a venue where you DO NOT have to bring anything like that in, meaning they’ll provide it for you. Much cheaper usually. If you’re thinking about having a restaurant you like cater, why not think about having the actual reception AT the restaurant?
And I know you said your families want you to invite a lot of people, but I would simply tell them that is not in your budget. It’s very nice that they’re giving you 3k towards the reception but unless they’re planning on giving you enough money to cover all the people they want you to invite then it’s not up to them to dictate the guest list.
Post # 19
One of the most beautiful weddings I’ve been to was a breakfast wedding. If your guests are local/would already be there, an outdoor breakfast might just be the ticket! It’s a lot cheaper for food, and you would save on alcohol as well (maybe just do a make your own bloody mary bar and a mimosa/bellini station). Then, if you really want to party, you could just pick a bar and time and people could go out later that night, after doing their thing throughout the day. This would allow you to have more people involved at a lower cost.
Post # 20
My suggestion is to talk to your ILs about the guest list. While I understand they are “covering the reception”, if you can’t afford the other stuff that comes along with a big reception (photog, DJ, rentals, etc), the 3K theyre providing really isn’t going to help you out.
Post # 21
I don’t have much advice, but I just want to say that I totally feel where you’re at right now as I’m going through pretty much the same thing! I got engaged about a month ago and finding a venue that will work with our small budget and allow us to bring in our own food and booze has been pretty much impossible! I think I’ve text my fiancé a few times asking if we can just elope. Haha.
Good luck! I think a lot of bees here have given some great advice if you can work them in. Sundays tend to be cheaper at venues if you can do that, or you could always have a park wedding or backyard wedding with some DIY!
Post # 22
Don’t be afraid to cut down the guest list. It’s great that family is giving you money, but they need to understand that a few thousand dollars doesn’t necessarily pay for a reception if they want you to invite 200 people! Crunching the numbers and making a spreadsheet might help show them the reality if you get to that point and realize there is actually NO way to have a big wedding.
Post # 23
Hugs! I don’t know if you’ve found this site before, but they have real weddings sorted by budget: http://thebudgetsavvybride.com/wedding-budgets/
It can help give you some ideas for what you can do on a shoe string budget while still having a ceremony and reception that’s what you want.
Post # 24
Thanks for that option! I haven’t looked into having the reception actually AT a restaurant. I wish I knew someone with a big backyard ): but love the picnic idea! We wanna do donuts instead of cake for the reception (: There’s this local place that makes amazing donuts! And with our budget we can’t afford a really nice cake, Future Mother-In-Law was looking at Sam’s Club (it’s a membership warehouse place) but I don’t like their frostings and stuff.. IDK we like the donut idea better and it’s cheaper anyway. I’ve been saving up jars from our pickles or salsa and stuff… washing them out and taking off the labels LOL wanna incorporate them into our centerpieces somehow! Thanks for all the tips. One question tho… If I assign a maid to be DOC how would she switch around the music at the ceremony if she’s in it? We’re not having live music we were just going to play some music from an ipod or laptop so the music would need to be changed to let everyone know the Bridal Party is coming out and then different music for when I walk out and then stop the music when we’re all up there, right? Is that something the DOC would do if we weren’t having live music or a DJ? Maybe just ask someone else to be in charge of the music at the ceremony?
Post # 25
Thanks! Haven’t checked out Craig Ranch yet! We’ve looked into Mt. Charleston at the lodge and the resort but I’d have to go with their catering, which’ll be more expensive than we want ): Like ok the food head count with some of these venues we could work with, but the drinks? No way ): I wish I could bring my own booze into these places and just pay the bartender a tip and for their hourly service lol! That’s why I’m glad we have a friend who’s a bartender who will do it for us for the cheap! We just pay her, tip her, buy our own booze, and she serves! But this would have to be done at a park or private estate or something /: I didn’t know In n Out had a food truck! That’s a great option too, food trucks! I love that idea! I thought Rainbow Gardens didn’t allow outside catering? I’ll have to look again. Hahah I gotta check out that threat!!! Thanks bee, nice to meet another local!!! (:
Post # 26
Thanks! Lol and at least I’m not the only one who feels that way x__x Good luck on your day! (:
I know, it’s just so many things to rent! But the venues that provide those things with all the fees also make you go with their catering /: At least all the ones I’ve checked out ): They offer a lot of “all inclusive” type weddings and receptions here and you can work with what you need and don’t need, but with how much family they want us to invite the price per person PLUS drinks is going to be too high at a venue we need to use their catering for /: I like that restaurant reception idea though!
That does sound like an awesome idea! But we have about over half the list as people out of town ): But I’m not gonna forget this idea in case we wanna just say F#CK IT! and do it however we wanna do it regardless of all the guests the FIL’s want us inviting lol!!!
Exactly! There’s other costs that go into a bigger reception. And it’s not like they’re GIVING us the 3K but rather they said they’ll “cover” the cost of the reception up to 3K. But when I ask “ok are we hiring a DJ since that’s a reception cost or are you guys?” they say the DJ is too expensive and we can play music with an ipod or laptop. Also the invitations are going to cost more because we’re inviting more people and they’re people I don’t even want there (or rather Fiance doesn’t)! And Future Mother-In-Law says “well they’re not gonna come anyway, we just have to invite them or we’ll be stepping on some toes!” and Fiance said “mom you can’t count on inviting them and saying they won’t come anyway. We have to budget and count on them coming in case they do!!”
Post # 27
Have you looked into the package deals that venues offer? Fiance and I booked Emerald at Queensridge. For $8500 we get a weeknight wedding for up to 100, including food, booze, photographer, dj and officiant. I think afternoon weddings are even cheaper. Of course you can spend a lot of upgrades, but the basic package is pretty great. We found a lot of venues would work really hard to get us a deal in our price range–even the fancy country clubs gave us great offers, but we really liked the privacy of Emerald.
Post # 28
Thanks! And good luck bee!
Thanks! We’d definitely rather have less people there. Do you have a spreadsheet or budgeter you recommend? Like I tried the one on The Knot and I didn’t like it… it wasn’t detailed enough for me /: It’d be nice if you knew of something that was like already kinda made out?
I have seen that, but thanks! I like that site and littlevegaswedding.com they offer a lot of great inspiration. From what I’ve seen in the “real weddings” budget breakdown, it’s like you always have to “know” somebody who’ll do a big favor for you in order for such a small budget to work LOL like one bride’s like “friend is a professional photog: free” or “friend has played violin for 16 years: free” or “friend is a MUA: free” etc etc. I’m already planning on doing my own hair and make up, ugh! I’ve always watched a ton of make up gurus on youtube since high school so I have an idea of what brands I wanna use and what look I wanna get. But obvi I gotta practice on it, lol!!
Post # 29
Omg I’ve checked out Emerald and they’re so gorgeous but beyond our budget ): Well I haven’t had like a quote done from them… I just know we’d have to go with their catering and that’s where that problem arrises where $45-80 per person is gonna be too much and that doesn’t even include the booze ):
Post # 30
You really need to sit the IL’s down. I don’t think they realize how little the 3k will stretch. We had a 45 guest wedding and spent $5k on food and drinks alone. I think if you showed them a breakdown of costs for the reception they might understand that their guest list requests are out of hand.
If not – pay for the reception yourself so you can ensure things are done the way you want and you won’t feel obligated to invite everyone they say to invite.