(Closed) Help!! Wedding under 10k seems un realistic

posted 5 years ago in Money
Post # 3
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Newbee
  • Wedding: September 2014

Do it at someone’s house. That’s prob your best bet.

Post # 5
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Worker bee

A lot of beaches require no permit to conduct a ceremony there.  Here in Los Angeles, it’s a first-come first-serve basis so if you have some friends/family that go early, you guys can set up a small altar and have a standing ceremony.

Then go to a restaurant and have your reception.  You’d be under 10k, guaranteed.

Post # 6
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

@rbabynorton:  If a wedding has more than 50 people, it will require a permit. I’m not 100% sure, but I think an altar setup might trigger a permit, too. OP if you’re getting married on an LA County beach, make sure to check the county page for the requirements. Some beaches don’t even allow it!

Post # 7
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2014

My wedding will be under 10k (only have the photographer left to hire and so far we have spent around 5k and have a WONDERFUL venue). Your best bet is to find a venue that allows outside caterers. Our caterers are under $25pp, whereas a venue’s own caterers tend to be way more expensive (i had one place quote me $200pp and another $90pp, umm, no thanks).

If a venue would not allow outside caterers, they were almost certainly crossed off my list. It took a little while to find our perfect venue, but I love it so much! IMO finding the venue is the hardest part, because there are so many details. Once we booked the venue, we booked the caterers and officiant within a month, and hopefully we’ll be booking our photog soon.

Look outside the box too. Do you know anyone with an awesome garden? What about a community hall? We had our e-party at a community hall, $100 for the night. A resteraunt, maybe?

Post # 8
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Newbee
  • Wedding: December 1969

We’re looking at doing local parks around here *Baltimore Md* because to rent the outside space for the ceremony and and indoor space for the reception can be around $500 to $2,000 from sun up to sun set, and all with amazing waterfront views. Yeah, you might have to get your own caterer/con a family member into cooking for you, but it ends up costing a lot less that way.

 

Either that or rent a space in a park and go to a restaurant for the reception. That brings your cost down considerably, especially if the restaurant will let you pick three or four dishes for your guests to pick from for dinner.

Post # 9
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

@jgonzalez3083:  what about looking for a venue that you rent and lets you have a caterer come in? thats what were doing our venue is off the water the rental is 1,250 for 5 hours and the caterer is 19,00 per guest including cocktail hour the ceremony is the back yard off the water, you can do a wedding for 10,000 we are thats our wedding budget

Post # 10
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

@jgonzalez3083:  look off the water at yacht clubs and beach clubs even the VFW post

Post # 11
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Worker bee

@HisMoon:  Yes, if you wanted it to be a *seated* ceremony.  Standing ceremony shouldn’t require a permit. That being said though, permits are relatively affordable.

Post # 12
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2013 - Creek club at ion, SC

I think wedding/reception combination places can work out well. Try looking for somewhere that does a buffet. Many venues I looked at actually charged me extra simply to have an outside caterer so be careful with that. 

Post # 13
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Helper bee

@jgonzalez3083:  It really is not impossible. A friend of a friend had her wedding for 7k. Beautiful wedding. Our plan was to have our wedding for 15k until the inlaws butted in and ruined all our plans.

You should look into renting a house and having a backyard wedding. Or having your ceremony at a park and the reception either at someones backyard or a church banquet or a recreation center. 

When it comes to food, go for family style. Don’t look for catering companies because they will charge you an arm and a leg. Look for a restaurant and ask them to cater. In our experience, mediterranean food is the cheapest. They usually do a family style with about 8 to 10 appetizers, rice, kebobs, and other side dishes for really cheap. Maybe $15-$50 a plate depending on what you get.

As for the flowers, do it yourself. For the dress, get it made. I looked everywhere to find the perfect dress, but the price was way out of my budget. So I found a really nice and talented seamstress and she’s making my dress!

Also look on etsy for designers too. Or if there is a university near by, go in and talk to their students.

 

I was a budget bride and did A LOT of planning. You can shoot me a message with any questions you have. I would gladly help 🙂

 

Best for luck!

Post # 14
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

I had a wedding from 3-7pm, and had a cocktail reception.  It cut the catering costs almost in half.  We had 10 appetizers, 2 light entrees, dessert bar and cake included.  No one walked away hungry.  We had the wedding on a Sunday, too, but I don’t think that changed a lot of my costs, if any.  Maybe it just made the vendors a little more available.

Post # 15
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2014 - Church

125/person? Eep! 10k is definitely not easy if you are looking at doing the whole big sit down dinner. You may need to get a little creative … Or change some ideas of what you want to do. What about a morning wedding followed by a brunch? Or looking at Friday/Sunday period (where I am the vendors typically have price reductions). Maybe having canopes or a buffet (those are usually less expensive)? Or a bbq? Have you looked at atypical venues (ie. community centre that is perhaps located on the beach – I don’t know if there is one in that area)? A little creativity goes a long way if you are on a budget 🙂

 

Post # 16
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2013 - UK

As the others say, try to find a venue which allows outside catering. Try venues which do not usually host weddings, such as museums, historic buildings and beach houses.

Once you’ve got a venue which lets you bring in your own bar and own caterer, you’re away.

Our wedding has actually worked out to be quite expensive, but we will hopefully get a lot for our money. Venues with internal caterers were charging us £60 per person for a wedding breakfast, single glass of champagne per guest, and wine with the meal. Evening buffets were an extra £20 a head… £80 a head total!

Just renting a space and getting a caterer in is costing us £40 a head for the meal and the staff, plus less than £20 a head for all of the alcohol, all night (free bar), and the evening buffet. That’s a saving of 25% straight away, plus you get a “free bar” all night (I say “free” because we are paying) with that lower price, as opposed to just a few glasses of booze. Also, the wedding breakfast we have is far, far superior to what we would have got if we’d just used a venue with an internal caterer.

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