(Closed) Did or would you go over budget for the PERFECT reception venue?!

posted 6 years ago in Reception
  • poll: Would you go over your budget for your dream venue?
    Yes : (39 votes)
    45 %
    No : (47 votes)
    55 %
  • Post # 3
    Member
    5475 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: August 2012

    I kind of compromised a little bit to get the venue we wanted… we are having an earlier ceremony so we can have a lunch reception instead of dinner.  This way we can have the venue we want AND stay in budget. 

    Post # 4
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    3261 posts
    Sugar bee

    In this instance, probably not if its going to be 12k over the budget. If it was less of a difference, maybe.

    Post # 6
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    2401 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: September 2013

    We went WAY over. It was 7K to rent the space for ceremony and reception (and it came with bar, chairs, tables, and it’s at antique store… so it’s fully decorated). We had originally planned to spend 3500-5000, tops, for the venue. It does not come with food or alcohol.

    We decided to move numbers around and go flowerless, have an MC and not a DJ, and to do cupcakes instead of cakes. We figure that no one is going to remember decent food, but they will remember a completely unique and wonderful venue. We are estimating that we will be around 23K, so 3K above our original 20K budget. We’re ok with that.

    However, 12K is unreasonable. I’d go back to the first venue and see if you could bring in cool lighting or decor to spice it up. If it’s got a great view, you could do something, like a candlelight dinner, to really play on the scenery.

     

    Post # 7
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    1446 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: May 2012

    I probably wouldn’t…sticking to our budget is pretty important to us. If I go over budget in the venue area, that is money that would have to come from somewhere else. Also, I know for me, there were a million little things I just didn’t know about and didn’t know to budget for. If you’re already going over budget on the venue, it may not leave you much wiggle room when other things pop up.

    Post # 8
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    1319 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: January 2012

    Meh, I wanna say no. We kinda did, though. I was hoping the church would be free, and it ended up costing $900. In the grand scheme of wedding world, that’s nothing. But Mother-In-Law ended up paying $200 of it, and we hadn’t officially set the budget yet.

    Post # 9
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    2825 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: April 2012

    If it were only a couple thousand over when it’s all said and done then yes I would, but 12k is a LOT over.  If you have the money to do it and wouldn’t drive yourselves into debt then do it I guess, but I can’t imagine going that much over for a venue.

    Post # 10
    Member
    5657 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: February 2012

    12k is a big difference. I would maybe spend up to 3 grand more for the perfect venue, but I would never spend 12 grand extra just for that. I would put that money towards other things.

    Post # 11
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    13013 posts
    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: November 1999

    Can you afford adding an extra $12k to your budget?  That’s a huge amount of money to add, and there’s probably a reason it wasn’t in your original budget.

    That being said, I did splurge on my venue because I loved it, but it definitely wasn’t a $12k splurge…  Have you talked to your Fiance about it?

    Post # 12
    Member
    221 posts
    Helper bee

    I think it really depends, what are you willing to give up for the venue? Can you juggle around other things? By the time you do this have you given up so much that the change isn’t worth it? I think you need to really evaluate what is ‘perfect’ about this new venue vs. the other one. Are these things that anyone but you will notice? Is it a real difference or is it just that one is just slightly more your style?  If you have heard great things about the less expensive place it sounds like it is a place where people have had a fantastic time and likely your guests will have a fantastic time there as well, which is the most important thing. If it is just small differences in appearance then is it really worth going into debt to the tune of 12K? That takes longer to pay off than you think.

    Post # 12
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    7779 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper

    Not for a $12k difference. No way. Maybe if we were talking $3-4k but not 12.

    Post # 13
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    635 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: October 2012

    @kn8973:  I wouldn’t. Money disagreements is such a big problem in so many marriages. That money might be needed for something more important one day (baby, injury or illness, job loss). If Fiance isn’t 100% in agreement with you, then this could easy become a problem in the future.

    It really wouldn’t be worth it to me.

    Post # 14
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    5118 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: November 1999

    I’d say no. 2K-3K is one thing, but 12K, especially 12K that is pulled from savings or puts one in debt, is a no in my book. I’d splurge and spend an extra 1K-2K on uplighting, fancier decor, whatever, at the cheaper venue and enjoy the savings.

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