(Closed) oh my goodness… going insane.

posted 6 years ago in Money
Post # 3
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2011

So you do or don’t have a venue already booked? What are your visions so far?

Post # 4
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

Guestlist, guestlist, guestlist. If you can cut your invites down, you’ll save dramatically.

Post # 5
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2011

Also, welcome! So glad you decided to jump in and start a post! And  nice to meet another ” Florida” bee πŸ™‚

Post # 8
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

NOT a dumb question – the venue will clean (or don’t book there!). But you will need to figure out how to get your guestbook, gifts and other personal stuff home.

Post # 9
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

I will speak from research that those big white tents themselves are pricey, and then you have to pay for catering, table and chair rental, linens, silverware, plates, etc. (depending on what your caterer will provide).  I can only suggest this:  Look into booking your DREAM venue, the fancy place with the 7 course dinners and champagne fountain and all that.  It sounds crazy, but it’s how I started.  I figure if the fanciest place I can imagine would cost me, say, $7,000 and doing all the work myself would cost me $5,000…is the difference in savings worth the effort?  Maybe I’m crazy, but it gave me an idea of my worst case scenario budget LOL.

We ended up looking into state parks in our area, and found one that we LOVED with a big pavillion and electricity for only $300!  I have enough family and close friends to help prepare food (Sam’s Club will be my friend), so if you’re looking for something outdoors that could be something to consider as well.  

As for the cleaning up, it depends on the type of venue and what you mean by cleanup.  It is solely your responsibility to get your own things (decorations you want to keep, etc.) usually, and I would enlist every single close friend and family member to help you out that day and the following morning.  You’d be surprised at how overwhelmed you will get very easily!

Post # 10
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2011

@leg3ndbee:  Most catering companies will kind of clean up there own things they brought. If you use like a public park , you will be responsible, so make sure you have family members designated to help pick up while you skip off to spend you night πŸ˜‰

If you or someone you know has property its nice, cause you can pitch a tent and also have usually til the next day til your tent people come back to collect.

Most hotel venues, will do set up and clean up for you.

Are you planning on doing a kind of DIY wedding or hiring a planner/Day of coordinator?

I am in the south south  east πŸ˜‰ I would love to live in Northern Florida though, I am originally a northerner like upstate NY ( so i miss colder weather etc etc), but I moved after college due to marriage πŸ˜‰

Post # 13
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

 I am from MA too, and it hasn’t been cold at all so you aren’t missing much!  It was 55 today!

Post # 14
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: January 1993

Depending on where your wedding is, and assuming your wedding is in June, you might want to book very soon. June is an extremely popular wedding month, and I’d hate for you to end up somewhere that is more expensive/not what you wanted because everything was booked. 

Post # 16
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

Just stumbled across this post and I’m not sure how much this venue is, but have you checked out the White Room? I believe it’s in St. Augustine or Jax. It’s located directly on the beach and has a terrace on the second floor that over looks the beach. It is absolutely gorgeous! Good luck! πŸ™‚

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