(Closed) Cutting corners to use a space we like

posted 8 years ago in New York City
Post # 3
202 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

Hi Nicebird!

If $25000 is your TOTAL budget (i’m confused when you say ‘flowers, DJ’ are not major cost concerns) – you’re already spending almost a 1/3 on nothing.  Most venues in NYC include catering; our wedding is in Manhattan near Grand Central, includes all catering/cocktail buffet/4-course dinner/cake/all alcohol, and is around 1/3 of our budget.

you can make it work…but I imaging after food/alcohol (and maybe chair/light rental?), you will be left with only $5000 to go towards flowers/dress/band/photographer/videographer/invitations/bridal presents/suite.   You can always always make it work, just know where your priorities are, and if this venue doesn’t carry much meaning other than being pretty, I would consider spending near $8000 elsewhere?

sorry to be debbie downer!

Post # 4
52 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

I posted a similar question in the Money section a few months back, and got some helpful advice from the ‘Bees. http://boards.weddingbee.com/topic/venue-splure-or-save – if you want to check it out.  I wound up going with a venue we can comfortably afford (even though I was reallllly tempted by some places we could ‘almost’ afford) – so far I’m happy with the decision and glad to have extra $ to spend elsewhere, but I’m not getting married until next year, so we’ll see how it works out.  I’m also confused, is $25K your total budget, or just your budget for the venue rental and food (since you say flowers, etc.) don’t matter?  If it is your total budget, then I think $7.5K is definitely too much to spend on just the venue (sorry), although I’m sure it doable if you really, really scrimped elsewhere.  TheKnot.com has a good budget breakdown that tells you what portion of your budget to spend on different things, if you haven’t seen that yet.  Good luck!

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