Post # 1
I recentley got engaged (woo hoo!) and I am so excited to finally plan a wedding but I am trying not to get dishearten by the price tag that comes with a wedding. My Fiance and I both work in the non-profit sector so we just can’t wrap our heads around paying 25K for a 5 hour recpetion. But that being said having a celebration with our (large) family and friends is very important to us. We want something low key, we don’t need a fancy sitdown dinner just good quality food and access to a lot of alochol is a must. Maybe a BYOB venue? We live in Brooklyn but are okay with getting married in another state, or possibily country, to save money. Any suggestions on how to pull off this magical wedding for about 70-80 people (yup thats the short guest list)? Are we dreaming of the impossible?
Any and all suggestions are greatly appreaciated. Thank you!!
Post # 2
We’re getting married in a gorgeous pavilion/warming house (Meaning it’s indoors) in a breathtaking city park. It cost just about $500 to rent it for 12 hours and we had to pay $50 for a beer permit. All tables and chairs to seat 120 are included. We are decorating simply and just need to follow the guidelines of the parks division, but, as long as we don’t drill holes in walls, etc, could do pretty much what we want. We just has such a beautiful spot with a lagoon a huge trees and bridges as backdrops we dont need to do much.
I highly recommend looking into public lands, colleges, universities, and community and nature centers. We have some stunning places where I live. I’m sure you’ll find some great spots, too, especially if you’re willing to wander. Congrats!
Post # 3
Our guest list is about 120 people and we’ll be spending approximately $15 so $25K absolutely isn’t necessary.
Choosing a venue that allowed us to bring in our own alcohol is saving a HUGE amount of money! I highly suggest it if you are looking for a way to cut costs.
Also, when looking at venues don’t just look at the over all cost and go for the cheapest. Consider what the venue offers. Our venue wasn’t the cheapest choice but it included all tables, linens, sliverwear, china, bartenders, and a day of coordinator. Another venue we looked at was much cheaper but only included the space.
Other options: change the time of day – brunch or lunch weddings are great options or you can do a late evening wedding with heavy appetizers instead of a full sit down dinner, you can also change which day, having a wedding on a Friday (that’s what we are doing) or a Sunday can save costs.
I used thumbtack.com to find great vendors, with great reviews, with awesome prices – $1000 for a photographer, $500 for a DJ.
Post # 4
- Wedding: June 2016 - Old Lake County Courthouse
My Fiance and I are getting married on a Sunday (discounts on catering, videographer, DJ, and photographer fees) at a historical society’s venue. It’s an all in one, meaning, wedding ceremony on 3rd floor, wedding reception on 2nd floor. Bldg was built in the 1800s and we get the whole bldg the whole day for $500.00. No decorating needed because the original fixtures with the marble floors are beautiful. We are hosting 125 people.
The caterer had packages to choose from, so our package includes: butler passed h’or dourves, family style buffet (3 meats, salad, choice of potato, choice vegetable, 5 hour premium bar, and chair covers)
I really didn’t want my guest venue hopping, driving from ceremony to reception. So this is ideal for us and we could put our money elsewhere, hopefully with some left over. Our budget is $10,000.
Post # 5
stef304: Brooklyn is expensive. So are a lot of wedding venues in nyc, Long Island and westchester. what about getting married in Central Park or prospect park And then going to a restaurant after? You do need a permit though For a large group of people.
Post # 6
Check city and county websites for parks and historical sites. They are usually less expensive and may let you bring in your own booze, etc.
Post # 7
stef304: so what is your budget? just know that nothing in nyc comes cheaply – and nys liquor laws are very trickey when it comes to byob (most places you can’t). definitely look into getting married elswhere in the country if you’re hoping to stretch your dollar and willing to plan from afar