(Closed) What would you do? I need help, I’m having nightmares about this…

posted 8 years ago in Venue
  • poll:
    1. Fight to keep the venue I love....(work overtime and postpone replacing our old car) even though : (8 votes)
    67 %
    2. Scrap that idea and go with a restaurant that doesn't charge me a room rental fee. Save 900ish. B : (2 votes)
    17 %
    Something else entirely....I'll explain below : (1 votes)
    8 %
    . : (1 votes)
    8 %
  • Post # 3
    1161 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: March 2011

    I still bet you can cut $900 out of the budget somewhere else if you love the venue.

    Post # 4
    3526 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: August 2010

    You still have a lot of time. Can you save up the difference between now and the wedding?

    Is your venue so expensive that you think you can find another you like that is much lower?

    I’m not sure how big your wedding is but restaurants aren’t always cheaper.

    I’m sorry. 🙁

    Post # 5
    4419 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: December 2010

    I would talk to your photographer and explain the situation. See if she would be willing to do a smaller package or cut her price a little.

    I don’t know if you Twitter, but if you post something there about what you’re looking for as far as a venue, you might get some good leads there for an inexpensive yet beautiful place. You never know, your Twitter friends might be able to help. I would do the same thing on Facebook. These are great networking opportunities and you might be surprised at the help you can get.


    Post # 7
    3671 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: March 2011

    We actually ran across this problem.  We made the wedding much smaller (guest list is about 30 as opposed to 80 before), we found a restaurant that is nice but isn’t too expensive, also cut dj, found a smaller cheaper ceremony venue (look at public park areas), kept our officiant because we loved, her got a photographer closer to the new place (we moved it the opposite direction of where we live from our hometown to a place an hour and a half from where we live), are probably getting our flowers from wedideas.com, will probably use vistaprint for invitations, etc.  That’s what we’ve done so far.  And tux rentals are more than likely out.  We’ll get my fiance a new tie probably and make sure everyone looks nice in suits they already own.  We’re also doing a small cutting cake with a bunch of cupcakes (we have a gift card for cake though but this allows us to still have desserts too).  Also, we hope the restaurant has decorations on the table (some do) that we can take advantage of.  It was hard and ours was unexpected too.  Our budget went from $14,000 to around $7,000 because a few thousand just wasn’t there anymore.

    Post # 9
    1161 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: March 2011

    If your venue lets you bring in cake, I will say that both Sams and Costco make sue pretty tasty cake and cupcakes.

    I agree that you should talk to your photographer, and see if you can streamline the package a little.  We asked our photographer to trim the package from 6 hours to 5 hours and to cut the parent album from the package and saved quite a bit that way.

    Are decorations terribly important to you?  We ended up putting most of our flower budget into the wine budget instead, and we’re doing old family photos as centerpieces.  We aren’t decorating the ceremony venue because it just isn’t that important to us.

    Definitely cut out favors unless they are really important to YOU.

    How much have you budgeted for invites?  You could get super cheap plain white invites from vistaprint, and then glue them in an attractive pocketfold (that way the paper quality of the cheap invites won’t matter so much).  My letterpress dreams died when I realized I wanted to pay for someone to come and set up ceremony microphones.

    Do you have your dress yet?  From your picture, it looks like you are probably thin, which opens up a lot of used dress options to you (you can buy one up to two sizes too big and get in taken in, according to my alterations lady…obviously that would depend a bit on the style).  Be sure to include alterations in the budget if you do this.

    You can cut out some unnecessary paper items, like escort cards/menus and just to a big seating chart and one menu per table.

    We are only printing up 10 rsvp cards (for the non-internet saavy guests), and asking everyone else to RSVP online (saving the cost of the card and the return postage)

    We are skipping bouts and coursages.

    Unless you have been mean to your attendants, cut what you have budgeted for their gifts by a bit.  They will understand your money woes.  Be sure to write them a heartfelt letter expressing your gratitude.

    If you are renting linens for your venue, be sure to look into buying used ones as that might me cheaper.


    Good luck.  With a little work, it’s going to be just fine.


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