Post # 1
Hi everyone! Newbie here! I’m not engaged yet but we’re talking about a rough timeline of engagement this winter and wedding a year after (preferably before 2013 ends). So I’ve got some time and of course nothing is set in stone till that ring is on my finger. But I thought it would be a good idea to start getting an understanding of the kind of wedding I want to have, the kind of wedding I can actually make happen without pissing a lot of people off 🙂
My bf’s family is loaded and last year his sister got married. It was a 4 day event with about 600 attendees and they had the works! I can’t even imagine their budget. Probably $200,000? My family is a lot more modest and have fewer social obligations to fulfill. My sister’s wedding was 120 people (which is a small number for indian people… i know ridiculous). Right off the bat, I feel like we’re going to have a lot of heated discussions (at least between his parents and my family) about this wedding. It’s typical for the girls side of the family to pay for the whole shabang.
Sigh. My dad has offered a budget of $35,000. Does that budget seem feasible for a hindu wedding maybe around the size of 300 people and limited to just 2 days with the typical sangeet/mehendi, ceremony & reception?
Post # 3
I’m not Hindu so I don’t know the differences in what budget would be with the extra day events, but I did have my wedding in Charlotte.
My budget was $23,000 and we had 250 people (invited 325), I think in the end we spent around $25-26,000. I felt like it was very do-able. Especially since we spent over 1/2 of the budget on photographer, videographer, & planner (since we are wedding photographers ourselves!).
If we had an extra $10,000 we could have easily had a 300 person wedding. I think the biggest problem in Charlotte is a lot of the downtown venues are $5,000 – $10,000 depending on what you are looking for. Since your saying DIY I’m not sure that your really going for that vibe either. There are TONS around Charlotte that are resonable. Our venue was $2,000 I believe.
Let me know if you need any help though I have a huge list of venues/vendors we looked at for our wedding and that we work with often!
Post # 4
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Post # 5
@Wedding Studios: Thanks so much for your input. I’ll get in touch with you if I decide to go with a planner when that time comes. Glad to know it’s doable within that budget!
@heatherburks: That’s wonderful to hear! I’m actually not sure what vibe I’m going for either haha. I think I would like to have a put together wedding, but without spending more than our budget and I was thinking I could design invitations and all the stationery and center pieces myself. I think it will take a lot of conversations between my bf and our families after we get engaged to figure out a theme/feel of the wedding.
But I would love to get any info you have on venues and vendors you went with for yours!