Post # 1
Newly engaged, and I’m overwhelmed, to say the least! My Fiance’s parents and mine met this evening to discuss the wedding, but didn’t get into the budget, who’s paying what, etc.
I have a lot of ideas of what I’d ideally like to have, but have no idea what they cost. So my question is this–do I contact vendors without knowing my budget, with only a vague idea of our # of guests, OR do I figure out how much I can spend in each category then go from there? Would they even be able to give me much information this early in my planning? (engaged 2 weeks only). I have a feeling it could be easier to call vendors and get prices, but without knowing what everyone wants to spend, I feel like the numbers they give me won’t mean much!
Basically, where do you start? How do you put your ideas of what your wedding looks like, into tangible prices, vendors, etc? How do you choose…anything?!
AND also–should I do my lighting stuff through my florist? In sad news, I mentioned how I want this lighted, lovely, glowy thing going on at the wedding, and my dad was all “Well that’s not really something I’m interested in”. Yug.
Post # 3
Please, please, please, learn from my mistake- know you budget before you do anything. The money talk with parents and Fiance is never a fun one, but it’s absolutely necessary. Figure out how much you can feasably afford, and then pick your three most important elements- for us it was venue, photography, cake. These are the things you feel most comfortable splurging on. Having a bugdet set helps research SO much because it narrows your list a little. As this and so many other websites show, a wedding can be pulled off at any budget- sometimes it just takes some creativity. Knowing your limits allows you to see just how creative you’ll have to be.
Hopefully that helps a little- congratulations!!!
Post # 4
Didn’t see the last qustion- our venue does our lighting as a part of everything, I’ve seen DJs offer lighting packages, as well as seperate lighting only vendors- given how expensive florists tend to be, I would figure out what all comes with your venue before signing anything with them.
Post # 5
First and foremost, CONGRATULATIONS ON YOUR ENGAGEMENT!!
Figure out your budget first. And, it isn’t too early to request information. I actually started researching venues and all that after Darling Husband took me ring shopping but before he actually proposed.
As for lighting, it was also included with our venue for about $500. If that is a must for you, try to find a venue that includes lighting as an option.
Post # 6
we didnt have a budget planned out ahead of time. we just interviewed and called vendors and asked what they charged and if it was comparable to others then we said “ok, well i guess we are paying 1000 for a dj! and so on with photographer..etc..
I thought a dj was about 500 and turned out most of the decent ones ( not a kid with a turn table) was around 1000. so i dont know how you budget if you dont know how much things cost?! You just have to get out there and decide whats inportant to you and what you are willing to pay. we are paying for a great dj but are slimming back on flowers.
we did find a venue that was the same price but also offered alot of freebies that others didnt. so it is good to make them work against eachother to get your business!