Post # 1
So Fiance and I were going over our budget today and we are getting really, really nervous that we won’t be able to afford the venue that we love.
The quote we got from our venue was $18,800.84. This is for a Saturday night with a 150 person guest count. Here’s the problem, our wedding budget is $20,000 total.
We’ve decided that our guest count will actually be closer to 120 and with the common notion that 20% will not be able to attend, we will end up with less than 100. We’ve also changed our wedding date from Saturday to Friday and have picked a month outisde of the normal wedding season. Even with all of these changes, and the fact that many of our guests will not partake in alcohol (religious reasons) we are still really worried that we may lose the venue we love.
Any advice? I have been racking my brain, we are already doing a lot of DIY so I’m just trying to figure out how to save the bucks, or where to find a venue we love as much.
Post # 3
See if you can chane the date to a Sunday brunch at your venue, its usually cheaper since your serving breakfast type foods. Cut the guest list some more.
Post # 5
I would recommend cutting the guest list. You should set your budget to anticipate 100% attendance. I would recommend looking at other venues just in case you aren’t able to afford the venue you love. I will say that it’s a good thing that you got a quote early on in your planning process
Post # 7
What are you at with the decrease in guest list and change to Friday night? $120/pp with no alcohol sounds REALLY STEEP. Is there an exceptionally high room rental fee, or is it the actual plated meal that’s expensive? I’m asking, because if it’s the rental than lowering your count won’t help as much as if it’s the per plate price that’s killing you.
Does your $20,000 budget include rings and honeymoon?
Post # 8
@SapphireSun: I haven’t asked them for a quote with the different day and reduced guest count because I didn’t want to bother then when I wasn’t ready to put down a deposit anytime soon. (We want to get our photog’s paid for first, so venue deposit will go down spring next year if all goes well.) The price quoted includes catering, all rentals, and a DOC, the venue goes by a minimum and you build to it using those things.
No, our budget does not include those. My ring is already bought, and FI’s ring will be put on our Kay card and paid off gradual a little way down the line. Honeymoon… I really have no idea where that money is coming from. Probably will have to put it off until we can save the funds.
ETA: There will be some alcohol but we only have to pay for what’s consumed and I know that won’t be as much as they quoted us in the breakdown.