Post # 1
I recently got engaged and I am looking to have my wedding June 2014. I am a teacher so the only practical time to get married is in summer. i cant spend more than 20,000 for 125-150 guest. I want an outdoor wedding with a rustic / garden feel in southern California . I went to venues that offer on site catering and it is all around 100 per person and with they give me totals is comes to be around 19,000 just for the food, venue and alcohol. When you factor in dj, decorations, pictures, etc. it comes to be a very expensive venue. I heard that using outside caters is a lot cheaper. Is that true? Does any one have a cool affordable venue? Or ways to cut costs and still have a good wedding.
Post # 3
You could have your wedding on a Friday night to cut costs, a lot of vendors offer discounts for off day or off season weddings. Since summer is your only option, a Friday could work.
Also look for vendors on Kijiji or Craigslist. I found our photographers and cake baker on Kijiji. They are super talented but trying to get the word out about their business. Just ensure they can offer references, portfolios and a signed contract.
Try trunk sales or sample sales for your dress and talk to friends who could help with the wedding. My sisters best friend is a MAC makeup artist who is doing makeup for all the girls for a really discounted rate because I know her. Talk to friends and family, someone might know a DJ or another vendor and will offer a discounted rate because you know someone.
Best way to cut costs though is your guest list. This isn’t possible for everyone, but it never hurts to really evaluate your list and make sure the most important people are being invited.
Post # 4
For venues, have you checked kid’s camps – for before they open. You will have to check if they allow caterer, liquor.
Post # 5
- Wedding: June 2013 - Upstate NY
I’d say is make a budget and STICK TO IT!
Don’t fall into the bullshit Wedding Industry Complex that makes you think you need to get all sorts of stupid things to make “the biggest day of your life” absolutely perfect! IE, $100 dress sashes, $75 hair clips, extra make-up trials, $300 designer shoes, silly satin robes you will wear once, ceremony decorations no one will notice, aisle runners, etc.
Focus on good food, good drinks, a decent phographer and good company.
Post # 6
@lauri005: This is how we saved money!
-Wedding in off-season (November) so we get a free ceremony (-$500), and $4 less/pp (so now it’s $60/pp), + 2 free upgrades
-Venue includes tax and gratuity in prices already
-No rental fee
-We booked ahead of time so we will get this year’s prices instead of next year’s if they were to go up
-Guest number will be around 95-110, only close friends and family
-No children, except for one who is 7 or 8 yrs. old….this would easily cost a few hundred extra if we had them.
I think you can get plenty for your budget, especially if you can at least do a Friday or Sunday wedding. We are trying to keep our whole event under $10,000.
Post # 7
You may want to contact this amazing coordinator who has done a few of my friends weddings that have more modest budgets…
Kimi Wislocki, Perfect Planning, http://www.perfectplanningevents.com/meet-kimi/
If I still lived in SoCal she would have been the first vendor I booked and she has connections with tons of venues.
Post # 8
Ways we cut our cost:
-Saturday afternoon rather than evening. We only served appetizers and then a pasta dish and bread rolls and salad.
-No open bar needed for an afternoon wedding. We just did beer wine soda and signature cocktail
-We had a 150 person wedding that included the ceremony, dj, photography w CD, videopgrapher, cake, food, drinks (listed above)limos for both wedding parties to the venue, and some of the flowers for $9250 total. I was worried that an afternoon wedding wouldn’t be as much “fun” but that wasn’t an issue at all. It was “fun” because we made it that way and everyone commented how lovely our wedding was.
Post # 9
Also, I am a teacher too so we did our wedding over spring break.