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J_m_h469356J_m_h469356Posts: 3 July 8, 2010
Hello My Name is Jeanette. I just got engaged on Sunday 4th of July and we want to get married here in Orlando FL.

We are paying for a wedding our selfs and are hoping to get married in November of 2011 to save money up. We are capping our budget at about 10,000. Now that we have discussed that we dont really no what to do, what our next steps are. Everything sounds so expensive and it feels really far away but we will have a lot of out of town guest so i want to start planning now so my family in NJ has time to plan for time off from work and time to save for the trip down here. Any advice would be great. If any one knows of venues that aren't really pricey that would be great.
Guest July 8, 2010
Hi, I'm Cathleen Warren of Light Source Photography. I don't live in Orlando, but I have shot so many weddings that you tend to learn a few tricks and your budget is definitely not impossible. Look into outdoor areas for the ceremony (a park etc). For the flowers do the bouquets and boutonnieres only with the florist - figure out a beautiful centerpiece that you can make at home with water, gems, candles, rose petals, etc. And as far as photography - locals may by cheaper, but some destination photographer will do your wedding for the cost of the trip. This is what my husband and I have done when we've been offered a job at a location that we've never shot at before. It's like a free trip for us. If you have any questions or advice you can contact me via our website: www.lightsourcephotographyonline.com
BrevardMinisterBrevardMinisterPosts: 157 July 9, 2010
Hi Jeannette, Congratulations! I am in Brevard County, but have officiated a number of weddings over in Orlando. Your budget is completely realistic provided you have a reasonable guest count. There are lots of inexpensive and creative venues for you to choose from in Central Florida, some more suitable for certain styles of weddings than others. I'd have to get a better idea of the type of wedding you want to recommend specific places. You are welcome to contact me with any questions. I am more than happy to help. Best Regards, Rev. Ann Fuller www.brevardminister.com
KellyRiley33KellyRiley33Posts: 2 July 9, 2010
Hey Jeanette!!....congrats on the engagement....I just got married myself in may on the beach in alabama so i know what you're going through...we had 30 people to try and get there...so here's a couple of suggestions....first, sign up with theknot.com...its a wedding site that has a lot of decoration ideas as well as great wedding party gifts...they run sales quite often so you might want to watch their prices for a little bit before you order because they wont price match...there were a couple of things i bought on a friday and then they went on sale on monday and they wouldn't credit me the difference....but their stuff was great....second, i know it may sound tacky, but look at orientaltrading.com as well, they have a lot of bulk items for decorations as well...and they're cheap on their prices....i ordered a lot of their sea shell items to decorate tables with and they were perfect....and third, i'll give you my wedding coordinator/photographer info....they were amazing, but i'm not sure if they do the orlando area or not but it never hurts to try...they are white sands weddings and i think their website is whitesandsweddings.com....if not then try whitesandswedding.com....they're a one stop shop kind of thing - outdoor decorations, photography, cakes, and the officiant....and they were amazing to work with...hope this helps....congratulations again and good luck!!
J_m_h469356J_m_h469356Posts: 3 July 9, 2010
Thanks so much for you advice! It's so nice to have current info my mom never married and my inlaws were married 30 years ago so times very diffrent now.
We are going to keep our guest list at 100 and expect abot 80-90 to attend.
Guest July 11, 2010
J_m_holston, congrats on your wedding nuptuals. I can help you with designing high-quality, printed materials such as wedding invites, sign-in posters for your guests, wedding menus, ceremony programs, favors - all matching the theme and colors you wish. Contact me at liseramos@msn.com and let me know your theme. i can design some "proofs" for you and give you a great budget for all these things and help to make your wedding memorable.

You should decide now:
*who will be in your bridal party?
*outdoor wedding? indoor venue/chapel/temple wedding?
*color scheme
*decor theme (if you are not sure on this, get some bridal magazines and get great ideas for colors and settings)
*if you want a sit-down, formal dinner, or a buffet (which tends to be cheaper)
*if you want a wedding cake and/or dessert bar
*liquor: pretty expensive, but you can do an early afternoon affair and have party punch, good wine and beer
*if you get married on a Thursday, you can save a lot of money on your venue
*dress: check out ybridal.com for ideas. You don't necessarily have to order from them, but that's a good place to start. they have great selections for brides/bridesmaids at reasonable prices. you can order standard size or send them your measurements for a custom dress

Give a call or send an email. My initial consultations (up to 2) are free. Good luck with everything, and don't hesitate to contact me.

Regards,
Lise
My Beloved, Inc.
liseramos@msn.com (put "eventective" on subject line)
1-212-928-6572
sbarn443751sbarn443751Posts: 190 July 12, 2010
Hey Jennette Congrats. Here is what I have done so far. Get you a good 2" 3 ring binder, go to www.1weddingsource.com. print out a book online free Step-by-Step wedding planner. Get tabs for your notebook devide the notebook right on one tab budget/planner second tab write check list third tab-wedding ideas tab 4 need to get tab 5 what we have tab 6 vendors. That's what I have done with my notebook. Also, Make it personalized for your day. You don't need to go out and buy one that is already made up. There are some good ideas in the planner. Because we are looking for the cheapest wedding possible as well. Good luck
hhilt473391hhilt473391Posts: 3 July 12, 2010
Congratulations on your recent Engagement! I am an Event Coordinator but I don't work in Orlando. But if you would like I could help you find the cheapest rates with the best quality. I have planned a few weddings in the Florida area. If you have any questions please let me know. Again Congratulations on your recent Engagement!
Heather Hiltwine, Event Coordinator
http://eventsbyheather.webs.com
MemoiresofMineMemoiresofMinePosts: 4 July 12, 2010
J_m_holston wrote:
Hello My Name is Jeanette. I just got engaged on Sunday 4th of July and we want to get married here in Orlando FL.

We are paying for a wedding our selfs and are hoping to get married in November of 2011 to save money up. We are capping our budget at about 10,000. Now that we have discussed that we dont really no what to do, what our next steps are. Everything sounds so expensive and it feels really far away but we will have a lot of out of town guest so i want to start planning now so my family in NJ has time to plan for time off from work and time to save for the trip down here. Any advice would be great. If any one knows of venues that aren't really pricey that would be great.


Congratulation...!! I have a few ideas on how you can prepare for you November wedding day.
If you want email me and I will fill you in.
mytyp346007mytyp346007Posts: 3 July 12, 2010
If you would like to try outside of Orlando, say Alabama, a place I know has cabins available and a very nice wedding chappel at very resonable prices. Check it out at www.mimosaridgeweddings.com
MajesticDesignsMajesticDesignsPosts: 30 July 20, 2010
Congratulations!!! I know you are excited. Relax.
I provided stationery for a wedding in Orlando last summer. It was held at a resort and all the family rented rooms when they came down. So, in the end, the hall was discounted or free. It was a wonderful wedding. If you would like, email me, I'll find some of the pictures and the name of the facility. My first piece of advice to an engaged couple is hire a planner first and then insist that the planner call me. However, I think the facility has an on staff planner so if you go with a venue like that of which I speak, you may have to use their planner. Then insist they call me. :-)
Anyhoo...just let me know if you would like to know the name of the venue there in Orlando.

Christel
Majestic Designs
www.majesticdesigns.net
christel@majesticdesigns.net
QuinnPhotoTampaQuinnPhotoTampaPosts: 8 July 21, 2010
Now that your budget is set. Decide how many guests you would like. For 10K and if you are careful with costs 150 or less would be doable.

Typically the hall is the most expensive so get that first. Find out if there is a cake cutting fee, corking fee for the champagne and what the catering runs. Some venues require you to have their cake and I have seen some of these cakes titer to the point of a quicky cake cutting.

Try looking for a place that is new and is looking to build up their wedding work. The site we used had a small room (75 max capacity) and an out side gazebo. We got ceremony chair set up waived, cake cutting fee waived and we capped the alcohol at $1,000.

For flowers go for one type in season that is hardy. Here in Florida some brides order Tulips and they end up blowing open. Some other choices will wilt. So be sure to find something that you like that will work. I hope that helps a little.
Guest August 2, 2010
Congratulations!

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AdBrownWeddingsAdBrownWeddingsPosts: 2 August 2, 2010
Congratulation on your engagement...if you like I can give you the name of an event planner in Orlando area who handles primarily destination weddings such as yours. Email me your information and I will pass it her along with and email back to you with her information...Happy Planning...info@andreatracyevents.com
CapicuLove1CapicuLove1Posts: 254 August 7, 2010
Jeanette -
Start with determining your # of guests. Say you have 60-75 people attending and then from there you should choose your venue. If you book before the end of this year, you should get a discounted rate (rates are subject to change and usually increase each year) with a $500 deposit and a signed contract. Be absolutely sure you know what you are not getting as well as what is included. Since you are having out of town guests, I would recommend the many fine hotels that Orlando has to offer. This way you can get a package including guests rooms (at a great discounted rate) and your reception. If you plan your party on a Thursday evening or do an earlier Sunday event, your costs can decrease significantly. In other words, on a Thursday night, you could save about 35-40% from the Friday or Saturday night cost. Sunday is usually slow at hotels, so if you have a beautiful outdoor ceremony on the property, a simple cocktail hour to follow (or you can have cocktails followed by the ceremony) and then a nice buffet, you could get away with just serving wine, beer, softdrinks and have a champagne toast. You can save lots by having this Sunday event.

Here's my picks for hotels:

http://www.sonesta.com/Orlando/index.cfm?fa=weddings.home

Reception service company:

http://www.meetingsweddings.com/

Resource for all the banquet, hotel properties (I would stay away from the more pricy Disney resorts)

http://orlando.perfectweddingguide.com/all/wedding-celebrations/wedding-reception-venues/

Good luck! And, if you need a photographer and design services, I can put together a very reasonable package for you. As a complimentary gift, we always offer an engagement shoot for couples who can use the images for announcements, internet website and for your printed materials for your reception (escort cards, banners, sign-in posters, thank-you magnets, thank-you cards).

Take care and best of luck to you and your beloved.

Lise' Ramos
Creative Director
www.mybelovedwedandart.com
www.allenspatzphotography.com
212-928-6572

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