Feeling a little disappointed

posted 2 years ago in Venue
Post # 2
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2016

Are there other areas you can cut the budget? We splurged on our venue and it was 100% worth it. We skipped flowers for the reception, didn’t do a lot of extra decor (to save money but also the venue didn’t need it), and got a fantastic deal on our photographer. I know I’m not giving you the answer you want but the venue was a big deal for us and spending the extra money was absolutely worth it.

Post # 4
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: City, State

I’m in this same situation now! Leaning towards splurging… 😛

Post # 5
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Wannabee
  • Wedding: September 2019

I am in the same situation. We can go for the function room at our resort for a 1k booking fee or we can go with the gorgeous stone walled restaraunt with woolden flooring which is 2.5k more…

 

Half of me thinks, its just one day and its the photos between the ceremony and the reception I will treasure most so it isnt worth it. And the other half of me is like, you only get married once and its what you envisioned so splurge…

Post # 6
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Helper bee

 First of all, how important is the venue to you? If you put things in order of preference, does it make the top 3 or top 5? If the answer is yes, then it’s probably something you want to splurge on. 

So the next question is, how far over budget are you willing/able to go? If you are only willing to go say 500 over or not at all, then start looking at where you can cut costs from things that were less important. 

The only people who’d opinions matter about this are you and your Fi, and anyone helping to foot the bill. Given that it is also on the same site, consider whether you would be looking at it longingly on the day if you don’t go for it. 

Post # 7
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2017 - Poppy Ridge Golf Course

$1000 over budget isn’t crazy terrible. Unless thats the difference between living on ramen for a couple months after your wedding and having real dinners. Did you leave wiggle room in the budget at all? Thats helpful for me. Its like I have a budget but then extras toward the max budget for *what ifs*. I’d also cut flowers as pp suggested. They are expensive for no reason and die quickly. I got enough centerpiece flowers for 10 tables from a wholesale site for $123 but honestly could have done without any.

Post # 8
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Newbee
  • Wedding: December 2018

That’s what we did! We splurged after finding our dream venue! We did, however, have to cut back big time on expenses for awhile, but it was so worth it.

Post # 9
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Bumble bee

I splurged for a nice venue where the venue was the decoration. I have no skill or patience for decorating or flowers, so I think I’ll save some money on that end. 

Post # 10
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2017

Honestly, if I were to splurge anywhere it would be venue. So much else depends on what the venue looks like. 

Post # 11
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Newbee
  • Wedding: May 2019

Another Bee suggested to see if the budget allows to be altered elswhere. I’m not married so I can’t give advice from personal experience but I do wedding floristry and the brides that find us are quite budget savvy. They would forgo the less important things and really put money into things that would help make the day special. In the end they forgot the little things like larger arrangements, minimal decorations on tables and no buttonholes. It’s all about preference. I hope you ultimately get everything you both want. 

Post # 13
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Newbee
  • Wedding: May 2019

Yay! These financial decisions are hard when such emphasis is placed on it being the big day but you’ve comprimised and you’re excitement is enough that you’ve made the right choice! 

Post # 14
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Buzzing bee

I went about 30k over budget (probably more but I stopped counting!) and quite frankly I don’t regret a thing! The whole day was perfect and I will absolutely cherish the memories of every single detail. As long as you can still afford your bills, splurge without guilt 😜

Post # 15
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Helper bee

Well it depends on ur financial situation. If it is not going to set u back in ur other commitments, why not! $1000 more for venu is not bad, and u can cut it off elsewhere, may be decor, centerpiece , favor etc or may be something else other than wedding too.

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