(Closed) Is my venue too much for my 10K budget?

posted 5 years ago in Money
  • poll: Is my 3500 dollar venue too much for my 10K budget?
    yes, it is too much. You need to find somewhere else : (13 votes)
    27 %
    Yes, it is too much. You need to cut back on other areas to make up (comment suggestions on where) : (20 votes)
    42 %
    No, it is at budget : (14 votes)
    29 %
    No, it is under budget : (1 votes)
    2 %
  • Post # 3
    1400 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: September 2012

    Well if you add all that up its more than $10 k. I’d cut down on the hair and makeup! $1200?!?!? That’s insane!

    Post # 4
    3625 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: June 2012

    @Robin_Sparkles:  +1

    I get that you are getting hair extensions, but spending that much on just hair and makeup is hard to swallow for me, and I spent more than 4x what you are spending on my wedding.

    If $10k is really your budget, you are $1750 over. If your budget is firm, I would get rid of the limo and either rent a nicer luxury car for the day or do without. I think your alcohol budget may be able to budge a little, although you didn’t say what are you planning to serve. Again, I think you may have to budget on hair and makeup too. I don’t like cutting from photography and everything else is very lean or free.

    Post # 5
    9056 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2010

    Unless my math is off all that adds up to more than 10k, so I guess if you’re set on sticking to that amount, its too much for a venue. 

    Post # 6
    3886 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: September 2011

    Regardless of the budget, to spend 12% of it on hair and makeup is just way out of balance. Even moreso when your alcohol budget is just half of the hair budget.

    I think your estimate for invites and cake is too low too.  

    You may want to ditch the limo in favor of more cost-effective transportation, scale way back on the hair/makeup and increase your alcohol, cake and invites budget. You’ll still be over budget but at least you will have more realistic distribution of the costs.

    You should also factor in the groom’s attire, and the groomsmen’s attire, and a small slush fund for “incidentals’ as you will no doubt want to buy new shoes, undergarments, perhaps a small purse, etc to go with your gown; you may want/need jewelry for yourself; if you are asking the bridesmaids to wear a specific jewelry then you should cover that; and the dozens and dozens of small things that just sort of turn up when you’re planning a wedding. Heck, 100 invites are going to be at least $50 in postage, perhaps several times that if they are large and heavy.


    Post # 7
    2352 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: November 1999

    Ur probably going to end up going waaaay over 10k  cuz there’s a ton of stuff to think about that u don’t have listed (I didn’t add that all up so I don’t know if it came to 10k or not). I just know my 10k budget practically doubled and I’m only having 30 guests and no bridal party. I’m also doing destination but costs r not much different than what vendors charge at home.

    Post # 8
    2352 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: November 1999

    Invitations, postage, officiant, favors, bridal party apparel and gifts, rehearsal dinner….the list can just go on and on.

    Post # 10
    396 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: June 2013

    @FutureMrsBH:  I paid more than that for my Great Length and IMO, don’t do it.  Go buy some nice clip ins for the wedding. While yes, it was nice to have a instant length, I wouldn’t do it again! Too much upkeep, takes longer to dry, when they grow out its awful. Thats just my opinion but if I were you I would scale back and use part of that $$ elsewhere.

    Post # 11
    1524 posts
    Bumble bee

    U cn get fusion extension with good long length for much cheaper than that, especially of u hav nvr had them before I doubt u will keep them in as long as u imagine bcz the upkeep irritation etc cn b unbearable to sum

    Post # 12
    5002 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: September 2013

    I’d get rid of the limo, that seems like a waste of money to me. $3500 for the venue seems a little high but ok. I would negotiate it down to $3,000.

    Post # 13
    753 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: October 2013

    food is a huge expense that you need to consider in there as well. my ceremony place and food is $4500. $3000 of that is just the venue the food makes up the rest and we are having about 100 people as well. 

    although i just reread it and see that your Father-In-Law is doing it. is he gifting it or do you have to pay?

    also $2,000 for servers and tips? what is taht for?

    and like everyone else is saying $1,200 is a lot for hair but if it means that much to you I guess you’ll have to rebudget for stuff. 

    Post # 14
    569 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: June 2013


    That must be a really amazing venue if they’re charging $3500 and not providing centrepieces or servers or a DOC. Does that include tax and gratuity? With the cost of servers, your venue costs are actually $5500 without any F&B. For a 10K wedding, I think that’s quite a disproportionate amount to spend on just the venue alone. 


    Post # 15
    4429 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: April 2014

    @FutureMrsBH:  that is alot of $$ you can find a caterer that includes all linens and china silver wear. find a venue that your renting just the space that has chairs and tables and a free ceremony area. if you dont mind me asking what area are you in?

    Post # 16
    2553 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: May 2013

    @FutureMrsBH:  get rid of the limo and spend some of that that on gifts for the bridesmaids. if they are paying for their dreses and shoes, then I would at least buy them a present. Handmade gifts dont always go over too well unless you are amazing at making something. And I agree with PPs on the hair and makeup. I’m spending $400 and I thought that was a crap ton.

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