Post # 1
It’s been hours and I am making such little progress finding any affordable wedding venues (ceremony and reception)!
Our budget is $3000 for everything. And I mean everything lol. We already bought the ring so that is dealt with, but now everything else has to start. I’m actually not even engaged yet, but my hunnie and I have been talking about it and we know it will happen this year sometime.
So on that note, I am trying to get things going now because we plan on getting married in May next year!
We want the wedding to be in New York since that is where I’m from and my family live there. I’ve been searching for places like gardens, museums and arboretums, but nothing has been affordable. I did see the Queens botanical garden and they are somewhat affordable ($750 for the ceremony). That is the cheapest I have found and the only cheap one. And we’re only having 30 people or less.
I can’t find any restaurants that are inexpensive and nice either…I have literally been searching for hours upon hours with nothing….I’m getting so frusterated!
I’m hoping to be DIYing a lot of this wedding…but all I really want is to have a nice wedding!
Any tips would be appreciated and prices are great because all of the sites I’ve been on never have prices 🙁
Post # 3
@almostthere92: $750 just for the ceremony venue is a lot with such a tight budget. Is it possible to perhaps do a semi-destination wedding close to NY? You could get things quite a bit cheaper, or possibly free if its a national park or something? Just a thought, but obviously beingfrom Down Under I am no help on pricing 🙂 good luck!
Post # 4
Yeah, and $750 was the cheapest I have found! 🙁
Thanks for your help anyway 🙂
Post # 5
@almostthere92: I’ve got a suggestion for the venue, if this is possible… Do you know anyone with a sizable backyard? You could have it at someone’s home if it is nice and big. $750 just for the venue sounds too steep for you on a 3k budget. I wish you lots of luck!
Post # 6
I agree with @Ruby_Constantine, I am sure you can find someone’s garden to have the ceremony and even the reception. Gardens don’t need much decor either, so you would save there too.
Post # 7
Hi there – I don’t live in the US but here, hiring church halls or rooms in community centres could be the answer. They can be unbelievably reasonable and it gives you and any friends and family the opportunity to be creative in decorating the room and to cater for yourselves. Marrying mid week and out of season can make a huge difference to venue costs – often half price. A large venue, will often prefer to do a good deal rather than have facilities not being used.
I was recently told of a “bring a plate” wedding where each guest actually brought a plate of food or bottle of wine. Apparently, it went really well.
Could you get married in a registry office followed by hosting a barbecue in someone’s garden? For entertainment, you could have fun playing dinner party games? I recently organised a special 80th birthday dinner for a small gathering. We hired a room in a lovely hotel mid week – so very cheap – paid out for a nice dinner but entertained ourselves with dinner party games – it was great fun.
Hope there is something useful in there.
Post # 8
Try VFWs, Elks lodges, renting a bed and breakfast.
The costs do add up. We ended up spending close to $9000 for about 45 guests, if you include rings, wedding dress, make-up, reception, etc. If the budget can’t go above $3,000, perhaps you need to look at eloping or having 10 or 15 guests.