(Closed) Suggestions please! :)

posted 7 years ago in Money
Post # 3
Hostess
18643 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

Honestly, I wouldn’t plan on spending a lot of your own money with student loans coming up and you being unemployed.  Take a serious look at what you have and what you are going to need to pay your bills and go from there on what you can really afford.

Post # 4
Member
883 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

With a guest list like that it is unlikely for you to probably be where you want to money wise. Honestly, if I were you, I would make some difficult cuts to the guest list. 

Post # 5
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576 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

Honestly, weddings get expensive fast. Its difficult to esimate prices without knowing personally knowing your region. 

With the little info I have, here are my thoughts:

1. you won’t be able to afford to feed people a full meal

2. you won’t be able to afford alcohol (even if you have a subsidized bar, you’ll lose lots of money)

3. even DYI, there are a lot of unavoidable costs, no matter how much you try to save

My best suggestion is having a ceremony with an afternoon punch/cake reception. If you want to do the whole big wedding thing, you’ll need to cut your guest list (like immediate family and bridal party only)

Post # 6
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4887 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

So with the bare bones details you’ve provided above, I’d seriously consider having your event at a park during an afternoon with BBQ and a lovely DIY flare.  Then if you want to party it up, everyone could meet up at a pub or bar nearby and continue partying.

Between venues, catering, booze, rentals, and all the other shabazz that goes into a wedding, a 350 person guest list is going to be out of control expensive.  I seriously would consider keep this as economically responsible as you can, especially if you don’t want to go into debt from a wedding.

Post # 8
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2116 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

Hmm, I’m from Chicago, so being from Wisconsin I assume your prices will be a bit cheaper so.. for food/open bar I would expect $50-70 per person (don’t forget to tack tax and gratuities on though), if you want a cheaper venue, try a park.. you can find some beautiful park blogged weddings to use as inspiration, and you can have as many people as you want… flowers will probably run you 50-100$ each (depending on what you want), Bridesmaid or Best Man bouquets around $50, bridal bouquet about $150, bouts and corsages $10-25, figure in about $1500 for a photog, $1000 for a DJ, $250 for a minister, $500-1000 to rent a ceremony space (even if you do them together, sometimes they’ll charge you for the extra time, we paid $900 for an extra half hour).. if you want fancy table cloths about $25 each, ummmm I don’t know what else… this is all just my experience though– I hope it helps!

Post # 9
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643 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

I wouldn’t be thinking too hard until there’s a ring on your finger!

Post # 10
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4887 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

@RingPup:  TOTALLY agree.  It’s fun to plan but it’s absolutely not worth the stress and worry! Save that for when you’re engaged… then the newly engaged high can help cancel out the planning stress 🙂

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