(Closed) Look at venue even if over your budget?

posted 6 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

I say don’t do it, It would be horrible to fall in love then not be able to have it there

Post # 4
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: April 2010

I’d look. I had a thought that something was way over budget but it wasnt as high as i thought. It also seemed they say one price and then when you’re serious to sign a contract they lower it and work with you more….

Post # 5
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

I suppose it matters how over the budget it was. My gut instinct is to say no. Don’t want to set yourself up for disappointment. 

Post # 6
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: January 2011

I don’t think it is a good idea to consider anything (dress, caterer, venue) much beyond one’s budget.

Post # 7
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

@amorebella: If they are willing to negotiate and you are willing to make some compromises…it might not be totally out of your budget.  I would talk to them on the phone first and see if there is a difference in price based on day of the week or month or removing some ‘standard’ options.

My venue was pretty pricey at first glance but we were able to negotiate and got a decent deal.

Post # 8
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

Depends.  If it’s over your budget but you can make it happen by making adjustments/concessions in other ways, then sure.  If it’s over budget, like, WAY beyond your means no matter what, then no way.

Post # 9
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

I  saw a venue and loved it and tried to make it work financially, but there was no way it could happen. I like my venue a lot, but I get really jealous when I see venues like the one I had to pass on. I’m sad just thinking about it right now.

Don’t do it.

Post # 10
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: February 2012

No, try to find a venue you love that meets your needs.  🙂  I wouldn’t waste time shopping for something I can’t have.

There is a venue a few blocks from ours that everyone raves about – it definitely looks beautiful in pictures, but I knew it was out of our budget and much too big for our small party, so we didn’t even look at it.  I mean sure, there’s always going to be dream venues (I would have loved to get married in a castle in the hills of Europe!) but we have to be realistic.  Besides, we’re perfectly happy with ours because it’s perfect for our needs!

Post # 13
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Bumble Beekeeper

@amorebella:

From seeing so many other postings about Wedding Budget blues, I would say that one of the most expensive parts of the wedding is the venue (and food/alcohol) costs, so I would likely vote no.  However, if you think that you may be mistaken regarding the cost or are willing to think about other ways of decreasing this expense (like changing to an off/season, off/date, off/time to make it work) then I would speak with the venue over the phone to see if it would make any sense for you to take a look at it. 

If it is a certain type of venue, maybe there is a smaller, lesser known similar venue that would work for you? 

Post # 14
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

@amorebella I can totally relate. My FI’s family has really extravagent weddings. They expect a lot from this wedding. But, my Fiance and I are paying for about 60% after both of our parents input. We had to decide what the most important things were. Our venue included a lot of perks and had a great catering package, so we went with it. Sure, we could have spent an extra 10,000 for the other place, BUT we would have to take some money out of our house to do it. We decided that we didn’t want to do that. Still though… everytime I see a vicorian mansion, I get jealous.

Keep looking around for something else, it’ll come along. 

Post # 15
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

WAYYYY over budget no, what’s the point. SLIGHTLY over budget yes, because you can probably cut costs elsewhere to make it happen.

Post # 16
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 2012

I didn’t do it. I researched all the venues I liked before visiting them, one I particularly liked and met with the manager prior to visiting the place, after getting the quote I didn’t make an appointment for looking at the place, what was the point?

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