(Closed) How to deal with Sticker Shock

posted 8 years ago in Money
Post # 3
2681 posts
Sugar bee

It sounds like you have done alot especially by really looking at the guest count and everything.  You said you have only been engaged for 1.5 weeks, take your time.  Really research venues and get pricing from everyone!  It might take you a month or two to find something perfect for you but you will.  Since you dont have a venue yet are you set on May 2011?  If not, check with venues to see if they offer lower pricing when its not prime wedding season (January-March or October-December).  Or consider a Friday or Sunday if the costs are much cheaper.

Post # 4
3564 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

I TOTALLY sympathize. Planning a wedding in NYC was a huge wakeup call for me. I knew the city was expensive, but have usually been able to find deals on clothes, food, etc. That all changed when I started wedding planning. Everything just costs more, no getting around it.

That being said, it is possible to have a wedding well within your budget, and there are a few brides who have done it–one on a $10k budget! I’m not sure what her blog is, but here’s another one : http://tenthousandonly.blogspot.com/2007_05_01_archive.html

here’s another: http://www.citywendy.com/wendy/2009/08/how-i-threw-a-budget-wedding-in-new-york-city.html

I also think that keeping your guest list small is going to be the best way to keep costs down; it means less food, less alcohol (if you’re having), fewer centerpieces, fewer favors, invitations, etc. Also, don’t be afraid to ask vendors how they can work within your budget. Photographers especially–there are so many ways to get a good photog but not blow your budget. Maybe you only have them for 6 hours, you don’t get any albums or any prints, and just get the DVD with hi res photos…it’s totally doable.

I think you need to figure out what kind of venue you want; for a small wedding, restaurants often have private rooms that you can use, and it’s less expensive. Or having a morning or lunchtime reception, instead of an evening one will cut down on costs too. There are plenty of ways to make it work if you guys do decide to go ahead with a wedding in NYC! Good luck, and definitely come to the meet-up this Friday (check Ms. hamster’s posts for it).

Post # 6
1962 posts
Buzzing bee

@ JAxx: I live in NYC and a from the hudson valley (and fancy myself a lil bit of an event planner).  Budget is my middle name.  If you want to PM me we can talk about what you have looked at thus far and see if I can offer you any suggestions for Hudson Valley/NYC savings.  Best of luck regardless.

Post # 7
10218 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 2010

good luck girlie!!! also, see if any of the photographers that you are looking for has an a la carte package, that can save you thousands sometimes if you play your cards right.  I know my photographer does and travels to NYC, you can definitely PM me if you want her information and email.

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