Wedding for 15-20 grand

posted 2 years ago in Engagement
Post # 2
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2017

Of course it’s possible. Much of setting a realistic budget though is based on your area. That much in my area would mean a very nice wedding, but wouldn’t mean so much in a huge metropolitan city. We had 100 people for around $8k but we live in an area where weddings cost less. Have you done any venue research yet? That should give a nice starting number.

Post # 3
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2018

We are doing 45 people on $3k,

 

Your budget is solid.

Post # 4
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Busy bee

arriaza415 :  How? That’s about how big mine will be, just family. But all the venues are like 6-10k. I’m so frustrated and don’t know what to do. 

Post # 5
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Sugar bee

You’ll be fine unless you want every super expensive high end bell and whistle!

Post # 6
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2018

almax :  Luck. I know someone who knows someone. To be totally transparent, that venue isnt for sure, but I did find a back-up that would be a total (with food an drinks) $3500. We do have a little wiggle room in our budget up to $5k, but would have to be put on Credit Cards and paid off over about 6-months which is doable. 

I totally get it, I live in SF where everything is super expensive. I started looking around at obsecure places and found a little hotel in a decent but not amazing part of town that would basically charge $3500 for food and booze and venue etc I think they’d consider it a “buy out” and is probably the most money they’d make all at once which is why they would be willing to work with me. And the place is SUPER cute, would need no deorations. 

I am really hoping the friend of a frind pulls through, I will know by Feb 5th. 

Post # 7
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2015

Best advise I can give you is make a speadsheet and update with all quotes and cost then you can see if anything needs to be cut back on, make sure you dont “fall in love” with any one thing so then if you have to make changes it wont be heartbreaking. Also haggle! You never know what you can get unless you ask for extra’s or a lower price 😀

Post # 8
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Busy bee

Haley2 :  Hi bee, I am not familiar with your area, but that sounds doable to me! My Fiance and I are also very Catholic and getting married in the church (we met on the way out of Mass). 🙂 All said and done, we will have spent around $17,000 for 80 people. I agree with pp about making a spread sheet. Look at how much money you have to spend and what matters the most for you! For example, I don’t super care about the wedding cake. Getting a plain 3 teir cake with plain frosting and decorating ourself with fake flowers. This saved a lot of money over ordering a “wedding cake.” We also purchased all of our flowers (fake) at the craft store over Christmas when they were 50% off. The photography on the other hand… I splerged (at least in terms of our budget (and got a $3,000) photographer. It was something a really valued. I also picked a $1,500. Wedding dress. There are some beautful dresses for way more money, but for me, it was worth cutting back on other areas of the budget to get my “dream dress.”

Post # 9
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Busy bee

Haley2 :  Also, I spent a lot of time searching for a reception location that was inexpensive but pretty. You may be surprised what you find! After a few months of looking, I found a “community building” that looks like an old victorian house! The name isn’t pretty, but the location is. Since it is a “community building” it is only $150 an hour to rent, and we get to buy and bring in our own alcohol and venders. We were able to shop around for the best prices this way! 

Another thing, one nice thing about getting married at church is the place is already beautiful! We aren’t even allowed much in the way of decorations at our church (one thing of flowers in front of the alter). They consider everything else a safety hazard. We will bring the flowers with us to the reception and put them in front of the head table. Double using decorations can help save you some money too!

Post # 10
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Busy bee

Also, what state are you in?

Post # 11
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Busy bee

I’m not sure about Ohio, but that would not be possible where I live. Is your budget including everything? Service charge, fees, your dress, flowers etc or just the venue?

Post # 12
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2017

I just got married at historic st pats here in Toledo in October! We spent about  $20k for around 130 people. It really comes down to the price per person for food and alcohol. Our reception was at a country club that charged $27 for food and $17 for alcohol.

Post # 13
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Busy bee

Haley2 :  Another tip: look up Luxury Vacation rentals in your area. You can find some mantion size buildings that are for rent for like $1,200 a day. You would have to contact the rentor to ask if they will rent to you for just the one day, but some will (especially off season for vacations). A couple things are great about this option. 1) you get the house for the entire day. 2) you can save money for your out of town guests because they can stay upstairs! 3) if you don’t want to share… you can spend the first night of your honeymoon in a mantion all to yourselves! 4) Buildings are already very pretty and wouldn’t need too much in the way of decorations 5) has a kitchen!

Post # 14
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Helper bee

Are you OK with having your reception in the basement of the Church or at a Knights of Columbus hall? That would cut down on venue a ton, give you the ceremony + venue in the same place, and leave more room in the budget for great catering

Post # 15
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Busy bee

Haley2 :  I live in NYC and am getting married in Connecticut, both of which are high cost of living areas. My Fiance and I are going to be at roughly 20K, with a guest list of 200+ and anticipating about 180 guests.

It means that you are going to have to prioritize and be firm on your budget. Our biggest savings is our venue, which is a waterfront ballroom is only $60pp on a Saturday night because we are getting married in March. And that is inclusive of venue, linens, catering, premium open bar, champagne toast etc. We would be blowing waaaay past $20K at our venue in the summer. If you can move your wedding outside of your areas in season, you can save a lot.

Plus be willing to be flexible…buy a less expensive dress, use vistaprint for invitations, shop around for reasonable photographers and DJs. You can’t have top of the line everything, but you can have a really nice wedding.

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