Post # 1
We are looking at getting married in Palm Springs next spring. The current idea is to rent a private estate, but I have NO idea how much everything else will cost (i.e., rentals, food, etc.). How much did you all spend on your wedding? The details:
120-150 people; DJ; dinner (but open to stations/buffet options); open bar (should be able to bring in our own)
We’ll need to bring in everything – tables, chairs, bartenders, etc.
I just have no idea how much we will realistically need to spend. Thanks!
Post # 3
It’s really hard to estimate everything on your own. Believe me! But, it’s so much easier if you have someone that can get you a range of prices on everything. I used Vibe Entertainment for my wedding. They were great! I couldn’t believe how helpful they were. I actually worked with the owner herself – Barbara. She was right there for me when I needed her and she was able to get pricing, delivery, set-up and tear-down for all of the items that we rented. It made things so easy! Vibe handles everything from DJs to chairs and linens to dance floors and even live musicians for the ceremony.
Here’s their contact info: Vibe Entertainment – Barbara – 949-515-8423 – [email protected]
Post # 4
The best thing you can do is some online research. Doesn’t have to be too time consuming – just look up a few sites of the various items you’re looking at in your area. That way you’ll get a better sense of what things cost – since it’s *so* different in different areas of the country!
If you’re concerned about budget you may want to look at a venue where you don’t have to bring everything in, or try to find a company where you can get most things together (ie. your tent and all your rentals), as they may be able to offer you a better deal for renting more – plus you’ll save on delivery costs!
Post # 5
- Wedding: March 2005 - Westside Loft, New York
private estates can get pricey. $5k would be the absolute minimum cost in the Palm Springs area I think, but probably a lot higher.
it’s almost impossible for us to give you a budget estimate because you can cut back or splurge in so many different areas.
check out our real budgets feature for ideas on what other people spent:
Post # 6
I agree, very hard to estimate b/c everyone’s needs are so different. Do you have an idea of per head costs from your venue for catering/bar? That often give you a pretty good feel of what’s reasonable, b/c I think that is supposed to be about 40-60% of the reception cost. My florist does absolutely everything (e.g. linens, rentals etc). We are using him for flowers, linens, tableware, but keeping the tables and chairs from our venue. But depending on your budget, I would suggest finding someone who does all of that. Way less stress for you, and overall a cost savings. We were previously looking at separate vendors for flowers and linens, and htis is way better both cost and stress-wise.
but for some rough estimates, I think chairs can run anyway from $2-$15 depedning on type. Centerpieces typically run from $70-$300. I think flowers, rentals, and food are probably the most expensive parts of the reception (plus a photographer if you choose a pricier one).
Find a good wedding planning book, that really helped us initially get a feel for budgets.