- 7 years ago
This is my first post on Weddingbee. I have to admit that I am still getting used to the site layout, and I looked for a question on the boards similar to mine but didn’t find one – so please forgive me if this isn’t an original question. And I apologize in advance if this post is long-winded; I’m feeling overwhelmed & confused at this beginning stage of planning & just want to make sure that you all have the information you need to give me input!
Anyway, I also have to admit that I am not yet engaged. I felt a lil’ dorky joining before I’m actually in the “wedding planning club,” but I am sure that lots of you can relate! My boyfriend & I celebrated our four year anniversary in April (we were good friends for 4 years before that!), and he is the love of my life. We have been talking about getting married for awhile now, have been ring shopping & all that fun stuff, and we agreed that the engagement will happen sometime before he starts law school at the end of August. (I don’t want to know exactly when, as we both want the proposal to be a surprise, but obviously it will be sometime in the next two months or so! ) So that’s a little bit about me.
We do not have a set budget yet, but in my head, I would love to do our wedding for $15,000-$18,000. I do not want to totally break the bank, but I am also looking at this event as the biggest party/celebration we will ever throw, and I want it to be a day to remember. Our budget may end up being slightly more, but ideally, this is what I would like to spend. I picture our wedding being outdoors if possible, with lots of lush greenery, nature, flowers, etc. “Shabby chic” or “bohemian chic” describes my style pretty well, I think. Basically, I want our wedding to have the feel of an Anthropologie store. Oh, also – we would love to keep the guest list at 125 or less (and obviously not everyone would come; it would probably end up being about 100 guests in attendance).
Okay, onto my question(s)/asking for input! Knowing our (hypothetical) budget, how much is too much to spend on the venue itself? I have fallen in love with this place near us called Camrose Hill Flower Farm. It looks like it is everything I have ever dreamed of! (If you Google “Camrose Hill Flower Farm wedding,” you will find lots of results showing pictures of how magical it is, but this is my favorite one.) So, starting in 2012, the farm is $3,000 to rent for the day (there is no difference between Friday, Saturday, or Sunday pricing), plus $1,200 for a mandatory tent rental fee. (This price includes the ceremony & reception fees, as well as two areas for the wedding party to get ready, plus an area for the caterers to prep.) Rentals for tables, chairs, linens, place settings, etc. are all additional. The nice thing is that you can bring your own wine & beer (BIG savings there?!), and bring in your own caterer. Another plus is that the barn/grounds is already so beautiful that I think we could keep our flower budget relatively low. (Flowers have to be done through the farm since it is a flower farm, but there is no minimum you have to spend.) I am a big fan of DIY, don’t want to spend a ton on my dress/gown, and am hoping to save money everywhere we can besides the photographer (worth splurging on, IMO) & (possibly) the venue.
So, what do you guys think about this pricing, given what I think my budget will be? My main concern is that all these extra rentals could really add up.
I don’t want to blather on even longer, so I am just going to post this, and if you need any additional info before weighing in, please ask! 🙂 Thanks so much (in advance)!!!