(Closed) Oh crap.. it started..

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  • Post # 4
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    Busy bee

    No one can tell you precisely how you should start or take your journey. My advice is that you set your budget according to what you can afford or want to afford, then prioritize what means the most to you.  If your venue is the most important then put most of the money there.  If food is, put the money there.  Same goes for music, photography, dress, etc. 

     

    There are a lot of resources online.  If you get stuck on something in particular just google search the sentence in your head and you’ll find your answer. 

    Post # 5
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: October 2013 - The Down Town Club, Philadelphia

    I, too, started with an insane guest list! Then I hit the interwebs to reseach venues, and quickly decided we needed to cut our guest list…immediately.

    Then Fiance and I had a budget talk, and then I had one with my Dad. And then we cut the guest list again. 

    LOL

    We went from 285 to 180 and now we are back up to 200, invited. Hopefully, we will have around 160 attending.

    For us, the beginning of planning was slow. Lots of discussions about who we really wanted there and what kind of wedding we wanted. And lots of internet research. 

    Take your time, talk it out, research EVERYTHING!

    At least, that’s what I did. 🙂

    Post # 6
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    Busy bee

    Also you posted this at roughly 1:20 am on the East Coast and roughly 10:20 pm on the West Coast. Being that it’s a Sunday night I’m sure that’s well past most busy bee’s bedtimes.  I’m sure you’ll get a lot more support/ advice in the morning 🙂  Don’t sweat the lack of responses.

    Post # 8
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    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2010

    You set a budget based on how much you want to spend… once you have that number in mind, it’s much easier. 

    Figure out the cost of renting the venues, and if they have any particular caterers they work with.  If so, look at their menus and minimum spends.  If not you have a bit more flexibility.

    I made an excel spreadsheet so I could play around with the numbers for “fixed” expenses and those that would change based on number of people attending.

    It’s hard to really answer this question without specifics!

    Post # 11
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    662 posts
    Busy bee

    Well the average wedding is $27,000.  If you have roughly that much spare money you don’t mind spending on a wedding, then make that your budget.  If you don’t have that much money then figure out how much money you do have for it and make that your budget.

     

    Then you plan everything else around that budget you set for yourself.  If you have a 10k budget and the caterer you really like costs 9k, you’ll either have to forgoe everything else, find a new caterer, or find a way to make your budget bigger. 

     

    Think of your budget like a house.  Each aspect of your wedding is a room.  Each aspect of an aspect of your wedding is your furniture.  If your venue is your “living room” you need to know how big it is before you can start to put furniture in it (in this case your “furniture” would be things like decorations, chairs, lighting, dance floor, etc). 

     

    Post # 12
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    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2010

    @Chrysoberyl:  I realize this reply wasn’t to me, but you set your budget based one how much money you have/are willing to spend, not on what things cost, if that makes sense.  For us, we were willing to spend 10,000 on our wedding.  Then our parents came out and said they were each willing to provide 5,000, and my parents wanted to buy my dress.  So… boom, budget was $20,000 not including a dress.  And from there you just allocate accordingly based on your priorties.  For us, we wanted a venue with good bones, that didn’t require much decor and a great photographer.  So right there, the space rental was 1600, and they had a minimum food/beverage spend of 2500.  The photographer we fell in love with was 3,000… so that left about 15,000 to play with… and so on.

    Post # 13
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: March 2012

    My list started off small and grew from there. Everyones planning and budget is different so we really can’t tell you. Youhave plenty of time.

     

    Post # 14
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: October 2013 - The Down Town Club, Philadelphia

    @Chrysoberyl:  I did pretty extensive online research about the area – we are getting married in Philly, but live in LA, so I wasn’t that familair with venues or pricing.

    In our case, my father told us what he would be contributing, and then Fiance and I decided what we could contribute, and that’s our budget. And that dictated all our other choices. Start with budget, then edit your guest list, and then start venue shopping!

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