Post # 1
When my Fiance and I got engaged last December our original plan was to have a smallish, 50 person wedding, and follow it up with a reception at a nice restaurant. Low stress, everything is included and easy. Fast forward to today, we are now 6 months out from our wedding and what we’ve ended up planning is nothing like what we originally wanted. We’ve rented a venue, our guest list is over 100 and we’re in the process of booking a caterer.
A couple of weeks ago we went out to lunch with FI’s grandparents to a place on the beach and it’s beautiful. It’s on the beach with huge windows that they prop open to let the breeze in and amazing design. I did a little bit of searching and found out that they host weddings. You can have the ceremony on the lawn by the beach (perfect because I don’t want to stand in the sand) and a reception right after in the restaurant. The max number of guests they can do is 60 and I’ve emailed the events woman to ask about pricing, but from what I can tell there isn’t a venue fee, you just pay for food and drinks.
We’d probably be spending half of what we are planning to now and if we did change venues we would only be out the $500 deposit, which isn’t a big deal if I’m saving $5k overall. Fiance and I are seriously considering moving the wedding here because we just feel uncomfortable with the wedding we’ve planned up to his point and this would be a lot more in line with what we originally wanted.
Has anyone else done a complete planning 180 and changed everything you were originally planning to do?
Post # 2
- Wedding: February 2015 - Chapel on Base
I like your new plan. Sounds very lovely.
Post # 3
- Wedding: May 2017 - Ocean front
Yes from a backyard informal affair w just a few close friends and family members (max 20) w friend to take informal pics to 75-80 ppl, a small wedding party, ocean front venue/ceremony w four course plated meal, champagne toast, cake, DJ, photo booth, formal dress w hired photography!! LOL
Post # 4
We wanted small, but it just kept growing!! More power to you, if you can shrink your wedding back down to your original vision!!
Would you have to cut important guests to fit in ths new venue? Hopefully you haven’t sent save the dates yet?
Post # 5
- Wedding: September 2015 - Hotel Ballroom
I had to completely start my wedding planning from scratch five months before the big day. I’m talking all new venue, flowers, vendors, decor and even a new dress for me. It was stressful, it was hard, but it was 100% worth it!
Post # 6
We would have to cut some, mostly all the coworkers Fiance told were invited without confirming with me (an extra 10 people). They are all reasonable people so I really think they would understand if we explained the guest limit and took them all out to dinner after the wedding.
We’re taking our engagement photos to use on the save the dates this weekend and I was planning on having them sent out by the end of the month. Stopping by the possible new venue today to talk to the event manager. Whether or not they have our original date (or weekend) available is going to be the deciding factor because it was a big hoopla to get that figured out in the first place.
Post # 7
Ouch! It’s so hard to cut people who have already been invited. Hopefully you’re right that they’d be reasonable about it; it’d be awful if it hurt Fiance at work somehow (subtle resentment or something).
I hope the new venue has your date available. Good luck!!