- 8 years ago
- Wedding: June 2012
I’m not sure where to post this, but I could use some advice/help- I feel a little clueless.
So we’re planning a wedding for 2012, either summer or early fall, in Vermont. Our vision is basically a laid-back weekend event with about 120 people. We’d like something rustic and outdoorsy, but still comfortable for our guests.
We’d like our guests to be able to stay at the place where the recception is. We’re not religious at all, so the ceremony will be secular and outdoors (hopefully).
We’re totally fine just having the music on an ipod. The most important thing to us is location and food, but good photography is important too. I’m pretty sure I’ll be getting an Aria Dress, so my dress won’t be a major expense, but I do want my hair/makeup done professionally, and I think we’ll use this as an opportunity for my partner to buy a nice suit. Small wedding party, too, just our siblings and one very close friend for each of us.
This seems like it should be do-able, right? We have a budget of 15,000. However, it seems like everything is ridiculously expensive!
The reception site that is at the top of our list right now is 4,000. I think that includes tables, chairs, etc. (I’m still waiting to hear back from them- sent them my second email today).
A caterer just gave me a quote of between 5 and 7 grand for h’ourdevours and a buffet dinner, and it seems like an open bar will add 3 grand. This just seems absurd to me. I know that stuff is expensive…
So we need some advice. Vendors all seem to kind of hide their prices- some caterers won’t give me a quote without a guest number and a venue booked. How can we book a venue if we don’t know how much to budget for food?
Where can I cut costs on food? How can we find someone who will offer quality, simple food without a ridiculous price tag?
(by the way, I know I have plenty of time- but my partner is in med. school and starts his rotations in March. He’ll be out of state for 14 weeks beginning in April. We really wanted to have at least booked our venue before he left, to avoid dates in June being filled up a year in advance.)
I know this is a long, rambling post (and I”m still rambling now) but I was so excited when we first started talking about our vision, becuase it just felt so “us” and seemed so reasonable and not all “wedding industry” and now I just feel disheartened.