Post # 1
I’m so dissapointed. We have (what I thought was) a decent wedding butget. $25,000 for a winter wedding. We’re getting married in January to save some money because its off seaon. However my venues are coming back with budgets that eat up the whole amount.
I really honestly thought that we had a moderate amount of money and I just cant belelieve that the venue alone should cost the whole $25,000?!
Now I do understand that the next step is to cut the guest list and or features/items from the reception. Our guest list is 160 before anyone declines, so were quoting for 150. Then we caqn maybe trim the bar, remove extra desert options etc. However that doesnt bring it down to an affordable place.
So I guess that venues definatly out and so is any place that requires any rentals. 🙁 This shouldnt be that shocking to me however its still iritating.
Is anyone else dealing with crazy quotes?
Post # 3
$25k is a great budget in most areas. Keep shopping around for venues. I recommend looking for venues that aren’t solely wedding venues, like parks or community centers or restaurants. The “wedding” term adds a premium to whatever you’re paying. Cutting the guest list is the #1 way to save money, but after that, cutting the price on food and alcohol is the next best thing to do. Venues with little to no catering restrictions are ideal for this. Many venues I looked at had a list of preferred caterers that we had to use, all of which were way more expensive than other local caterers.
Keep your chin up, and keep shopping for alternatives 🙂
Post # 4
I think that’s a great sized budget. I also think you are looking at the wrong venues. Often, these packages are expensive. Have you tried just renting a space and getting vendors in? Try art galleries, museums etc etc
Post # 5
It really depends on where you are located. In most parts of the US, $25K is a large budget, but in the northeast, its only average. My venue/catering alone cost almost $40K for 185 people and we aren’t having anything over the top.
Post # 6
I totally get you 25K gets u no where in the new england area… aaaggghhh
Post # 7
I would say you need to either
- Look for a venue that does a package deal stated on their website for under your budget to save dissapointment.
- Try and get the price down. You’re getting married in a VERY quiet month, they should be happy for your custom and therefore you are in the driving seat when it comes to prices.
Post # 8
- Wedding: September 2014 - Turf Valley
That’s a huge budget. I’m making $20k work in Baltimore, MD area. Holy crapo. My venue is only $10k of that, and that includes the rental, ceremony, linens, and all food & alcohol!
Post # 9
For $25K, I promise you can find a venue that will work for you. It’s a good budget!
Post # 10
@ImperialRed: We have a 30K budget and found a venue that was 26K which included food, drinks, venue, flowers, ceremony, dj, photographer and is still in “peak” season on a Saurday night. It is definatley doable. I went in with.. look we have 30 to spend but I want to keep it as close to 20 with EVERYTHING included. Tell me your best offer now so I know to look around or walk out. It suprisingly worked for me!
Post # 11
This did give my fiancee a wake up call on the price of things. Hes very much the guy that says “You can have whatever you want dear”. Im the voice of reason saying “Um hun a band is waaay more than a DJ, are we sure thats how we want to go?”
Post # 12
@bleusteel: Yes I agree that the term “Wedding” includes and automatic 30%+ markup. Im trying to avoid it wherever possible. Also we think that because were having it in January we may get a few extra declines from traveling guests so that may lower the number a little.
Post # 13
The first venue would have been afordable however, because its a winter wedding we would have had to have the ceremony somewhere else as there is only one room in the venue. Not really what I wanted. So they pointed us at several other veunes to rent where they would cater. The rental fees for the venues are do able in our budget BUT…… we need to rent chairs, and table cloths, and thers a 10% “Catering” fee for the place to serve food at another venue…….. this all added up to WAY to much.
So we are now looking for a venue that already has tables, chairs, cloths, and a place for the ceremony and reception. I feel that having as many services from one vendor as possible is the best way to get deals. /hope
Several people mentioned the location. This is the Capital Region NY area, and I think this makes it a smaller budget expecially with the size of my guest list. We will double check the invitees to see if we can shrink it at all.
Thanks guys. This is why I love the bee boards everyones so nice. Ive been a long time lurker 🙂
Post # 14
I feel the same way. I am also looking at a 25k budget and for some venues, 25k is the minimum they require to be spent just on food and drinks! So, we are seriously changing where we are looking. I’m in New England and looking for late summer so it’s peak time too.
Post # 15
I’m looking at under $20,000 for the Philadelphia area- man, that’s just not happening! Good luck though, I hope you can pull it off and teach me all of your secrets!
Post # 16
@ImperialRed: yep! the first place i went was the walters art museum in baltimore.
BUT the cost was $6,000 for the reception and ceremony and this didn’t include anything other than the venue. No food, no rentals, wait staff, nothing. Just the building.
I had to come down from thinking that I could get a place like that on my budget.