Post # 17
How much were you budgeting to pay, and how much is this venue charging?
It took us SEVENTEEN — yes, 17 — MONTHS to find our venue, because all of the places we looked at charged what we believed to be unreasonable. While we wanted to have a nice place that suited all of our wants/needs, a venue was not something we were willing to blow our budget on. We passed up many “dream venues” because of this, and I don’t regret it at all… because now that we found our actual place that was practical, pretty AND afforable — totally worth passing up the others.
Post # 18
I think it just comes down to your priorites. Everyone’s budget is different, but I believe you can have a beautiful wedding on a modest budget. For us, I think the majority (60%+) of our budget was spent on our guests (food, alcohol, gifts, favors, because that was our top priority. We cut other costs by DIYing almost everything else so we could splurge on an open bar. I do not have a wedding planner, a florist or a make up artist because these things weren’t that important to me. It just depends on what you want out of your wedding day.
Post # 19
I agree with the people who say “too much is not being able to afford it.” If you have to go into debt or forgo something important to have it, it’s way too much.
However, on the other side of things – my father always said – regrets are never things you did, just things you didn’t do. If you can afford it, don’t spend the rest of your life wishing you had done it. Just do it.
Post # 20
@holister: i agree with PP that say if its your dream venue, you should cut corners elsewhere and go for it! I really think the venue speaks volumes for the entire day and it means a lot more than other stuff that might be included in the budget…
You will make money for the rest of your life
you will only have ONE wedding.
Splurge for your dream!
Post # 22
My Fiance has a co-worker who told him “if you’re spending more than $55 per head you’re doing something wrong”. We’re way over that but I’d still say that everything we bought/rented is a great value and makes us happy. Sure hearing that comment didn’t exactly make me happy because originally I envisioned us in that price range, but to be honest even at $55/head I really wouldn’t want the wedding she had, I love details and the venue/situation we chose makes us both very happy.
It depends on what you have to sacrifice to get taht venue, sorry but only you can decide.