- 6 years ago
- Wedding: September 2013
I am the definition of a DIY party planner. Plus, I enjoy doing it as does my mother who does a lot of this type of stuff for a living. Please only answer poll if you too are this type of bride as I understand what I’m about to outline will not appeal to everyone.
Anyway, we have the opportunity to have our wedding at a rustic location owned by a friend of ours. It is a bluff overlooking the ocean above a large piece of land where we would have a fully-outdoor reception. Guests would need to “hike” up a 4 minute, uneven terrained path to the top for the ceremony (Or take an SUV ride to the top over a rocky hay trail).
The reception site will need work – the area needs to be cleaned up, the gardens tended to and the pathways cleared (the horses will not be able to go to pasture that week while we clear things, etc). Lights have to be strung, fabric swagged, puddles and holes filled…
I’ve already looked in to permits, valet parking, caterers, photographers, djs, bartenders, renting bathrooms, renting generators, etc.
ON THE OTHER HAND there is a nature preserve up the street that has a very very similar setup and they rent out for weddings all the time. The road to their top bluff is more “paved” and they have a bigger parking lot. The kicker – it will cost $5500 just to rent. Then i still have to get a caterer, rentals, and possibly stil need to get insurance, bathrooms, valet, etc.
So, DIY brides my quesitons are these:
– would saving the money be worth it to you for all the tasks that need to be done to get the first place up to snuff?
– if you explain to guests that this is a “rustic event involving a mini hike to the ceremony and they should dress approrpiately” do you think they’ll listen? Complain?
– even though you’re a DIY type, is the headache not worth the $5500 in savings. I litterally cannot go a penny over my budget or my fiance will divorce me before we get started ;). Problem is the budget is very low and I’ve already cut everything I possibly can (including considering cutting a DJ all together and just having an iPOD) so short of eloping I don’t have many ideas.