(Closed) Realistic Budget?

posted 9 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
3 posts
  • Wedding: June 2007

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
439 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

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
1156 posts
Bumble bee
  • 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:


good luck! 

Post # 6
1276 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2009

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.  

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