This is the first part of a series on wedding planning on a reasonable budget. I hope you will join me on this journey of orchestrating the ideal wedding — without overspending.
I couldn’t have asked for a more perfect setting for my boyfriend to propose. I will never forget overlooking the ocean in Greece with thousands of tiny lights dotting other islands in the distance.
We spent the rest of our vacation savoring incredible food and enjoying the natural beauty of the country. But once we returned to the States, I switched to planning mode.
First things first: we had to find a venue. I never dreamed how difficult it would be to find a space that fit our needs. Once we narrowed down Atlanta-area spots based on size, price, dance floors, and other specifications, there were only about three to consider.
We also learned that the prices for most venue catering packages are astronomical. I can understand requiring a $100 per person package at an iconic venue like, say, the Fox Theatre. I can’t understand operations the size of my house that dictate a $12,000 food and beverage minimum.
This prompted us to choose a venue that will allow us to bring in our own vendors, which could save us thousands of dollars, according to friends who have already planned weddings.
It means more work for me, but it also means I’ll have more control over the budget — a big plus for this Bargain Hunter.
Percent of budget spent: 10
I never knew how stressful it can be to choose a reception spot. Are you in the process of searching for a reception venue? What are your criteria?
Coming next month: Choosing a caterer
Bridal discount: Get 75 percent off admission to the Bridal Extravaganza of Atlanta this month! I went to one of these a few months ago, and it really helped inspire me. Plus, you’ll get a bunch of free swag.
– By Lauren Davidson, Atlanta Bargain Hunter