(Closed) Thought I had a big budget, the venues dont think so :(

posted 7 years ago in Venue
Post # 17
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

@ImperialRed ; Where are you from? Maybe some Bees will have affordable suggestions!

Post # 18
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: February 2013

@ImperialRed:  $25K differs depending on where you live. Where I live in NJ it’ll get you the bare minimum. Don’t skimp on the food, that’s what your guests will remember the most. Maybe re-consider the kind of venue you want. You are having a winter wedding so you don’t need a place with fancy grounds, gazebos, waterfalls outside. 

Post # 21
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2014

It depends alot on where you are from, and what you are looking for.

For us – we live in a VERY small area… 25,000 is about the average people make in a YEAR, so it’s a pretty healthy budget for us. Our wedding, including honeymoon will cost around 22,000 – however, all we care about is a pretty site to get married at, and a heated building for our reception – good food, drinks & lots of dancing!

I can see that you want the gorgeous venue – that drives the price up ALOT.

I would suggest looking at other venues in your area for something cloer to your budget.

Post # 22
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

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@ImperialRed:  we went the hotel route. now i’m just working to decorate it in a way that works with my vision. we are saving on the transportation and in some other areas. our deal includes the space, servers, 4 course meal, appetizers, open bar, and the wedding cake, our hotel room the night of the wedding, and a wedding coordinator. 

 

 

 

i didn’t want to deal with managing a lot of vendors so this really works out. hopefully you will get your golf course with a few other things thrown in.

 

Post # 23
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

Maybe look at hotel venues? 

My reception is in a hotel ballroom (outer boroughs NYC) and it’s about 25K for 150 people – includes bridal attendant, day of coordinator, massive cocktail hour in a separate room, 3 course seated dinner with choice of 3 entrees, champagne toast, wedding cake, second dessert, cookies/pastries, top shelf open bar.  Yes, it’s a hotel ballroom so it’s not like this crazy unique venue, but it’s really nice and pretty and the food is really good.  I’m getting married at church so having a great ceremony spot at the reception venue wasn’t important – but they also have really nice outdoor grounds for that type of thing.

Post # 24
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2013 - UK

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@ImperialRed:  This is the thing… you can look for a place which gives you more (a better package) or you can look for a place to DIY which gives you less…

We chose just to rent a space and get everything in separately… linens, decor, catering. alcohol, the lot! It’s easier if you choose places which don’t usually cater for weddings. Just drive around in your car looking for promising places… botanical gardens, quirky local museums, old churches and church halls.

It’s a lot of extra work, but I would rather do that than spend a fortune on something I didn’t really want! I also understand your dilemma because we started out looking at packages. I went to one place and they quoted me £70 a head for a glass of champagne each, dinner, and wine with dinner. Not including the cheese course, evening buffet, or any other alcohol. That was extra. Oh, and you couldn’t buy in your own cheese or hors d’oevres… it all had to be through them.

The horror must have shown on my face, because the vendor asked me what my budget was. I said 6-7K (it has since gone up to around 10K) and she sniffed and said “well, I suppose for that price then you could rent a church hall and serve sandwiches”. After that, I just excused myself and left. What a *****. I mean, if I had 2K then I would rent a church hall and serve sandwiches, but with the sort of money I have available then I thought I could do better! A lot better. And I was right.

Post # 25
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

I also say keep looking for a venue.  Your budget is reasonable.

You don’t have to get married in a “wedding” venue that is on all of the wedding websites.  In fact, anyone who markets solely for weddings is most likely going to be more expensive than someone who doesn’t buy into all that WIC (Wedding Industrial Complex) crap.

I can’t remember how I found our venue exactly, but I know that it took me months to find it online.  It is listed on a couple wedding websites, but mostly as a side note.

Instead of a golf course, what about a botanical garden or state park?  Golf courses, country clubs, etc. (anything that requires a membership) are going to be more expensive.

Good luck!

 

Post # 27
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

I keep imagining all the things I could do with a 25k budget lol. Here in Indiana that would get me my dream venue! It’s truly amazing how much the price differs based on region!

Post # 28
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

It also helps if you do a Sunday or Friday. I ended up with a Friday of a holiday weekend to save $10k. Maybe you can get away with the Sunday of MLK weekend?

Post # 29
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Busy bee

@ImperialRed:  man, this is depressing 🙁 we have the same budget and now this is scaring me o_o

Post # 30
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

definately depends on where you are located! However 25K is a good budget.  That’s my budget as well (I’m in Toronto)  I could have got the venue of my dreams (Casa Loma) but we wouldn’t have been able to have any food! I found a great venue that has a seperate ceremony site (I don’t have to pay extra for this). The owner threw in a mash potato martini bar, it’s $100.00 pp. 

I’m so pleased! Just keep looking, be patient & you should be able to find something.

For reference, my venue is like the 10 place that I looked at, and was the best price.

Post # 31
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

I’m getting married in Michigan and my TOTAL budget is $10,000. I will go over by $500 maybe. I don’t think I could spend much more if I tried. Frankly, I don’t understand how people can spend so much money on a wedding. Yes, it’s an important day but there is NO NEED to break the bank!

 

I literally laughed at a lady on the phone when she said the food and beverage MINIMUM at their venue is $12k. I told her that’s more than my entire budget and absolutely ridiculous.

 

I am having a beautiful wedding and not cutting any corners. You just have to be patient and do your research. Explain to your vendors what your budget concerns are and tell them what you’re comfortable spending. If any of them offer more than one service that you want (i.e. photography & videoography, DJ & uplighting, etc), most of them will discount all of their services if you book them for a “bundle.” Hell, ask for a discount. Worst they can say is no.

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