Post # 1
hello! I just began Venue hunting and I’m quickly learning that I can’t find a price per person lower than $165. I live in south jersey, near cherry hill. I’m looking to have my reception in south jersey or philly. Any suggestions on how to throw a beautiful wedding without paying top dollar?
Post # 2
Look at state/county/city parks and facilities to find affordable venues. Keep the guest list small if possible. Get multiple vendor quotes when looking around to find what you like and what works with your budget. DIY what you can for decor.
Post # 4
Be flexible. If you are willing to consider something other than the traditional Saturday afternoon wedding and Saturday evening dinner and dance, you can reduce costs dramatically.
If you have a late morning wedding, followed by a brunch reception you can get more bang for your buck. Likewise with an early afternoon wedding, followed by cake and punch or hors d’oevres .
Post # 5
If you’re willing to do south Jersey, what about Delaware? It’s not that much farther and no sales tax. There are some gorgeous places in the Wilmington area, for a start. Can’t give you numbers as I moved west well before I got married.
Other things you can do include going more casual – no need to spend thousands on a gown and tux. Look at clothing that isn’t labeled “wedding” for yourselves and your bridal party. Plan music playlists ahead of time and you don’t really need a DJ. Get flowers from a chain store like Sam’s or a grocery. Wedding earlier in the day means less “need” for alcohol which can also be a huge savings. Plus all the suggestions given by posters above.