Cheap Wedding Suggestions!

posted 2 weeks ago in Venue
Post # 2
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5269 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2015

Are you including food, entertainment, photography, flowers, dress in this number?  If so, there’s almost zero chance that you can do this.  You’re talking about 66 bucks per guest. Even if you spent 20 per person on catered food, there’s still the venue cost and all the other stuff I mentioned.  Having your wedding in the vicinity of a city ratchets up the price even more.  At best, consider taking it into the desert or mountains, somewhere less popular/populated.  But really, if that’s what you want to spend you need to either severely cut your guest list or just serve cake and punch.

I say this as a person who is cheap, had her wedding in the middle of nowhere for 34 guests, self-catered, used paper dishware and plastic tablecloths, played music on iTunes, used grocery store flowers and white Christmas lights she already owned for decor, found a venue at 10 bucks a head and got a cheap half-day photographer… and still spent about 5000 dollars.

Post # 3
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4843 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: San Francisco City Hall

Without being familiar with the LA area I agree with PP, my first thought was this is not doable.

Prior to eloping I had considered having a simple ceremony (no bridal party) followed by restaurant reception for 30 people and we expected to pay somewhere around 10k.  This was in FL.

Post # 4
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26 posts
Newbee

Try this link and see if you can make any of these places work. I am not familiar with LA but these seem to be “all inclusive” 

https://www.herecomestheguide.com/wedding-party-ideas/detail/all-inclusive-los-angeles-wedding-venues

For a little persepective, My wedding Venue/Ceremony space is 15K for 75 guests. This price includes DJ, Florist, Day-of coordinator, bartender & mixers, chairs& tables, linens, pretty much everything you need aside from a photographer and officant. This is in AZ which I would assume is considerably more affordable than LA.

You might need to cut your guest list a little bit. 

Post # 5
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2018

10K is going to be pretty tight for an LA wedding. Could you trim that guest list any or go semi destination to somewhere just barely out of the city? We’re planning a budget wedding for 115 guests and it’s costing us $7000 but we live in an extremely low cost of living area. I can’t imagine trying to host even more people with just $3000 more in wiggle room in Los Angeles. 

Post # 6
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1896 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2017

LA and the surrounding area is one of the most pricey wedding spots in the country. It is totally unrealistic to plan a 10k wedding for 150 people where you want. Cut your guest list – dramatically (like 70%), and then maybe you can make it happen.

Post # 7
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24 posts
Newbee

I think it would be really tough to have a full reception for that many guests on that budget! I would try to cut it down, or go nontraditional like not serve dinner. Or, could you delay the wedding and save up?

Post # 8
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Newbee
  • Wedding: November 2018

You’re best bet is to find a cheap venue and do cheap catering like food trucks which are actually pretty cool in my opinion. One place I considered was in Pasadena called Heritage Square. It has a bunch of cool old houses and would be outdoors. The price started at 2,000 just for the venue which I thought wasn’t bad. I think you may need to adjust your guest list or expectations. Perhaps have a more semi casual affair versus fancy. 

Post # 9
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Helper bee

country clubs and golf courses usually offer great all inclusive packages. i’ve even seen some on boats/yachts for pretty good prices.

you can probably save by doing it in another county like Riverside or San Fernando.

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