That sounds about right. But I was also told that a buffet style dinner could be a lot more because of several people going back for seconds. That is what I am planning for us as well.
June 29, 2010
MY FIANCE AND I ARE GETTING MARRIED NEXT SUMMER...DOES ANYONE HAVE IDEAS TO SAVE MONEY....
June 29, 2010
Have an evening ceremony, and let people know that its only gonna be a midnight snack buffet, instead of having a massive dinner to either make or pay for, that alone should save u at least 1000bux.
June 30, 2010
i am getting married. either july 6 or aug 6.
I am flat broke and I can't move my day up or the dress won't fit.
I could not believe what the actual price of my venue. Justice of the peace is sounding like a great idea right now. My wedding is totally ruined because I can't find a venue that is in our budget. My weddding has turned into a nightmare!
July 2, 2010
Check Embassy suites hotel chain if available to you.
Where are you going on your honeymoon? Perhaps a destination wedding would do the trick. Or perhaps you could do a cruise wedding. You can everything done for you for about $2K. You can bring your guests onboard for a ceremony & reception and then set sail for your honeymoon. They also have more elaborate things you can do and still stay at the $5K range. They provide everything, even your attire if you want.
Destination weddings on the beach are really nice too, but I think the cruise would be more affordable. But certainly look into both if you want an outside venue.
We found a restaurant down here called Catches Waterfront Bar & Grille that's doing our ceremony & reception both. They have a beautiful balcony with a waterfront view. We're having our ceremony there. Then there's a semi-private room that leads out to the balcony, so everyone just walks inside for the reception. And it's a covered balcony. It's $600 minimum, no site fee, and includes the tablecloths, napkins and everything. It's about $7/person and the menu includes sliced beef, basa fish, spinach puffs, raspberry & brie, bacon-wrapped scallops, plus some other sides and bread. So the food is about $350, plus the cost of drinks and such. But very affordable. I went to Ross and got my dress for $20 and the maid of honor's dress for $10. I got one flower girl dress @ Beall's Outlet for $8 and the other @ Burlington Coat Factory for $20. I got all my flowers, vases, stones, baskets, candles and bubbles at the Dollar Tree for less than $150 and am doing my own arrangements. So depending on how much you want to do yourself, you can save a bundle. My budget is $3000, but I'm trying to do it for $2000. Most of our vendors are gifting their services to us or gave us a great rate because they do it as a hobby. DJ $60/hr + tip, Photographer $200 and Videographer for free. I used Pingg.com and did electronic save-the-dates, invitations and thank you cards. We got our wedding bands on clearance at Littman Jewelers and paid less than $900 for the bands, care plan & tax. I currently work for the court system and got a judge to do my ceremony and he won't let me pay him. So far, things are really coming together for our wedding.
I hope this helped give you some ideas for your own. June is very difficult to book because it's a popular wedding month. I'm going to do a search on here and see if I can come up with any other venue ideas for you.
July 3, 2010
I am also looking to do my wedding on a budget. I have a few ideas but I am still in the information gathering phase- does anyone know if you can rent plexiglass pool covers at an affordable price?
There's a VA hall in Winslow. (half an hour away?)
a lot of the time churches have rental halls of course most wont allow alchohol. also check local parks good-luck, oh and if you have any relatives with a decent sized house you could ask to have it there.
July 5, 2010
You asked where do you begin...we've done so many internet seaches. Lately, I've been trying things like "community centers" "cultural centers" and I've emailed some of the Historical Societies and Chambers of Commerce for local towns asking if they know of any facilities available to rent for the size of our wedding. Just some ideas. Good luck. It's a crazy, fun, exciting time, huh?
Hey! This is Sbarnhart1974. Just to let you know, that we have looked up the posts that you send us. Hathaway House is already booked. Holiday Inn wanted $9,000. As well as the other places, booked up! Thanks again.
I was afraid of that. Hathaway House was the one I thought looked promising. I'm not surprised that Holiday Inn was so expensive after I saw the gazebo they had outside. It was very nice. I'll keep looking for you and see what I can find this week. I'll post something next weekend. If I were you, if you find the place you want and can't get it for that date, maybe you should consider changing the date to the 24th or 26th since you want a summer wedding. Saturdays in June are probably going to be the toughest to book anywhere. Figure out what the most important point of your day is and work from there. That way the most important things will reflect the memories you have of your special day.
July 9, 2010
Seriously, save your money. People will be just as happy to attend an after party - you might even get a few friends to plan it for you.
RE:Holiday Inn or any other facility Many places list Wedding prices as well as Banquet prices. They will usually work with you off of the Banquet menu. It's usually fewer courses of food and doesn't include open bar. BTW, we've been told by many that cash bar costs less than open bar because most people don't drink enough to make the flat fee for open bar worth while.
We just changed the date of our wedding. We are doing all of it ourselves. Centerpieces, table decor, party favors, but an ideas for actual venues, we are looking.
July 13, 2010
you can have a cheap wedding if only u get married ona friday or sunday, but u can bring cost down , by buying local flowers, and others. i got maried in 2007. i had 125 guest in Leonard's, www. ladolcevita.com , it was on a sunday . we planned on spending $10.000, ended spending $20.000. i planned my own wedding it took me a year, from my dress to the reception, no help from anyone. i bought flowers in seasons, visited 8 local ones. i order my party favors online , i got 350 for $99. formal dinner is less expensive than buffet style. my friend had buffet style dinner, before she walk down to the reception site food were almost gone, she had to pay an extra 2500. trust me on this. if u cannot afford getting married wait t'il u can because it is frustrating to have large sums of bills after ur union. thanks GoD for my parents,
July 13, 2010
I got married on the beach and it was beautiful. I got a package deal for 795 dollars. The package included the ceremony, sand bottles instead of unity candles, two in remembrance candles, pictures, and a dvd. I don't think I could have found anything cheaper and it turn out like I had spent a fortune.
July 13, 2010
Ok so I'm getting married in July 2011 in Seagrove FL, i found am AMAZING 3 story beach house with a large beautiful law for the reception and beach access for the ceremony, but I still have to find, ceremony chairs, reception tables/chairs, a DJ for 2-4 hours, food, flowers, a cake and a photographer... I NEED HELP!
In all honesty no wedding photographer can provide you any coverage of your wedding for $150-200. That is unrealistic. If that is all you have, then your best to go to a Studio and have a portrait session. Buy prints later. We charge $150 -200 for basic portrait shoots, as I am sure you will find most PROFESSIONAL photographers do. Pros feed their families with their work, just as you feed yours with your work.
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