(Closed) I can't afford a wedding where I live. :(

posted 4 years ago in Venue
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Busy Beekeeper

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lepiratecelt :  Have you considered a brunch instead of dinner? There are many fun ways to host a reception. 

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Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

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lepiratecelt :   Brunch is a great idea!  We had a Sunday brunch reception and everyone loved it!!

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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: March 2017 - Living Desert Zoo and Gardens

Doing a Saturday brunch for our wedding because of high cost of weddings here (Southern California)! Definitely a possibility for you guys. Weddings are compromises- you can have a wedding, but just the type of wedding you want is too expensive. I’d suggest saving up and in the meantime still looking at other options for what you guys could do to save! 

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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2017

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lepiratecelt :  oh bee, as a fellow NY bride I feel your pain. this area of the country is crazy pricey. we actually considered doing the wedding elsewhere (like Colorado) as we’d get some gorgeous scenery and it would be cheaper!! have you considered having the wedding elsewhere?

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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2017

NYC bride here, I know the prices are terrible but there’s so many options to bring it down! Take a look at some raw spaces like farms, warehouses, etc and bring in catering. A cocktail reception on a weekday will save you ALOT of money. There’s also a website called https://www.splacer.co/    where people list their properties as a venue for specific types of events, this could be another cheap option.

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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2017

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lepiratecelt :  i know it shows NYC at first. Just go to filters, then location and upstate should be listed :p hope you have some luck there!

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Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2017

I’m not familiar with the Binghampton area, but here are some things to consider:

  • Look for a venue that offers off-season discounts. I’m getting married in March and some venues I contacted offered significant discounts on the venue fee and catering packages (like 30% off). If venues/caterers don’t advertise an off-season discount, ask for one. I saved $500 off my venue this way. As others have suggested, you could also look into weekdays.
  • Look for spaces that allow you to use any caterer. Look into more affordable catering options, like buffet-style catering from a restaurant instead of traditional wedding caterers.
  • Look into spaces that allow you to bring your own alcohol. You’ll likely need to hire bartenders from an event staffing company with liability insurance, but they’re so much cheaper than open bar packages at traditional venues. Then buy your alcohol in bulk from a discount distributor.

Edit: and, of course, congrats and good luck!

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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2015

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lepiratecelt :  Call up restaurants about the brunch wedding.  You don’t need to host it at a venue.  The good thing about brunch weddings is you save on other vendors, such as DJ and stuff.  I haven’t been to a brunch wedding that had a DJ and loud music blasting.  A nice brunch with simple drinks such as mimosas and whatnot is fine.  You don’t need to do a full bar ever since people are just happy to do brunch drinks (you save money that way too).  Brunch weddings are usually shorter too, so you’re saving on alcohol that way too.  A lot of restaurants have a separate event space that you can use to host private events.  I find them to be a lot cheaper than going to a venue and hosting an event there.

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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2015 - Holly Hedge Estate

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mcmeow :  Is a thursday or Friday wedding an option? Usually it’s cheaper to have a wedding on any other day that isn’t Saturday.

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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2016

I feel you! I’m a Bay Area bride and everything was so expensive when we first started planning. I got very discouraged. I even checked for houses we could rent for a weekend to have a party. It takes a lot of creativity and flexibility to plan a wedding on a budget when you live in an expensive area, but you can do it! You might have to revisit what your expectations are and pare it down to the most important elements (75 people, open bar?) and then see what other options you come up with.

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Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2017 - historical mansion

How about the winter? I am in Boston and am getting married in February. Pretty much everything is cheaper in the offseason except alcohol. The venue itself is half price, and we get to choose our own caterer and buy our own alcohol. If open bar is your main priority (mine too!), look for a venue that lets you bring in your own booze. In our case, we have to get a one-day liquor license for like $250, but we will save soooo much money not having ot pay a bar tab. 

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