Post # 1
Fiance and I had previously planned a wedding, but due to some personal family problems we had to cancel our previous plans and our budget went from $20,000 to now $6000 with the posibility of maybe making it to $10,000. So now we are trying to find somewhere to have a wedding for that small of a price and I feel like I m getting nowhere fast. We entertained the idea of a small destination wedding, but some family members didn’t want to have to travel.
We are both students so we don’t have a ton of money and we are paying for this all on our own. I went tonight and cut down our original guest list of 130 people to only family and close friends and I am now down to 105. I know it’s probably not impossible to plan a wedding with that small of a budget, but I’m having a hard time.
We live in South Jersey, but Fiance has family in Philly and I am from Philly suburbs so we are willing to look at those locations and if anyone knows of anything really cheap outside of these areas (but not more than an hour) I am willing to look there too. Also I think we are looking at January 2015, so anywhere with an indoor space would be good.
Post # 3
* tea and cake afternoon wedding
* Sunday brunch reception wedding.
But if you can’t think out of the box of a Saturday-night-sit-down-dinner-reception, you’ll have a hard time keeping it under $6,000. Imagination can oftgen substitue for $$$.
Post # 4
The merion trubiute house in merion station, pa is $3000.00 to rent maybe 2K in January, use have to use their caters which they have a bunch call the caters and let them know you have a budget and they should be able to get you a beautiful wedding and reception for 10K
Remember anything is possible.. if you try.. Good Luck planning and Congrats!!
Post # 5
Yes. I threw a lovely and classy wedding in Chicago last November for $8000. You can do it!
Post # 6
@thefuturemrsD: We have a really small budget and are using a restaurant. No space fee just a food and beverage minimum. We are having a dance in a private dining room so they can reopen the main area to cut our quote in half!!
Post # 7
It depends on what you want out of a wedding. If you do it at a restaurant, you can totally do it for that price. Dancing is less likely though, depending on the restaurant. If you have an afternoon or brunch wedding, you can totally do it at that price. Dancing and drinking are both less likely. Or at a park, with food cooked by friends/family (or potluck) with a tent and dancefloor. With a guest list that large, you’re going to have to prioritze and maybe cut some traditional wedding reception elements. But it’s doable and you can still have an awesome reception.
Post # 8
IN Philly, that’s going to be really tough for over 100 guests. Everything in Philly is expensive unless you want some sort of hotel or ballroom situation (and even those can get expensive).
Lucien’s Manor in NJ has cheapish plates, I hear ($65+ per head), but it’s a ballroom type-venue. I know Maggiano’s does weddings in one of their rooms, and their food is DELICIOUS!
Moving your day to something “off-peak” like Friday or Sunday will drastically cut your costs. You can have a wonderful wedding on any budget. You’ve just got to get creative. I wish I could have been more of a help.
Post # 9
Definitely our wedding is coming out to a little over 6000 with everything… A lot of DIY helps, I made our invites, center pieces, and most of the decor, you just have to find places where you can cut out some of the spending, maybe try to find a local resturant that only charges a small rental fee since you are already paying for food there
Post # 10
@thefuturemrsD: My suggestion would be to stick to the ‘burbs, you’ll get better pricing. DIY anything you can to cut costs (but still have lovely details!) too.
Post # 11
It will be tough but I am sure it doable. Your best bet would be to look into the Philly suburbs on a Sunday afternoon and somewhere that allows you to bring in your own catering. Unfortunately I don’t have any suggestions because I wanted a more all-inclusive type venue and nothing I looked at (mostly hotels and country clubs) would be less than $6,000 any time of the year or any day of the week.
Post # 12
Sure, you can cut costs by a lot of DIY and/or cutting your guest list and sticking to it. Find a place in the suburbs to “rent”. I found a nice rental for $500. Ceremony outside for an extra $100. They provide the tables and chairs inside the rental. Everything else, I can get on budget or through friends. It will be just as elegant as having it at a place that would charge me $6000.
Post # 13
@thefuturemrsD: I checked out a few Philly Venues and the prices floored me. We want to do a morning brunch wedding, so MUCH cheaper than dinner (which is over $125/person in most places) but still pretty pricey at around $55 / person. If you cut down on all the extras – no music, photography and super cheap dress, invites and flowers you might be able to pull it off under $10,000. There also may be some cheaper venues / menu options still. Check out Valley Green Inn, they have some lunch sandwhich spreads that seemed reasonable
Post # 14
- Wedding: September 2014 - Lodge
Absolutely. We are having a fairly large wedding for $10,000. We fortunately have a lot of friends and family who are able to help us with big things such as video, photography, officiating etc. I am going with seasonal flowers, and a lot of DIY decor. I will also be DIY our invitations.
We also only plan to have beer and a few bottles of my favorite wine. No open bar and limiting what the drinks will be save us money.
Post # 15
I am in the same position. We are looking to do a Friday wedding in May 2015 with 100 guest (originally our list was over 200) with a budget of $10k. I have contacted over 90 venues looking for some decent prices, I did actually find some. Philly and Suburbs are quite expensive. If you can skip alcohol, than I would suggest parks. I can not skip the alcohol so I have to go a different route. I plan on doing a lot myself to save money – invitations, bouquets, cheaper dress, etc. Message me and maybe we can help each other out – I can share my list of vendors, etc.
Post # 16
look up broomall lake country club – you can rent out the space for a 2000 or less and do whatever you would like in the way of food and everything which could keep your numbers low 🙂