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Would this be the cheaper way to go?

asked Jun 30, 2012 in Venue by Belle
edited Mar 10, 2013 by anonymous

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It will depend on the theme of the event. If you are planning something casual, it will probably save you money; but if you are planning something formal, then you will probably end up spending a lot of money. Having a formal event means you will be renting everything, so yes, you can save money with that, especially if you are planning to invite more guests because renting a hall will limit how many you can invite. Just plan the event wisely, since there are lots of stuff you need to use such as lighting, tables, chairs, etc.

Some venues offer affordable packages and you can choose from the package that best suits your budget. Normally the price range depends on the number of guests. You can also compare costs by calling some venues about them if you decide on renting and at the same time asking a wedding planner about how much will it cost you for the backyard. Some planners will not charge for a consultation.

answered Jun 30, 2012 by amy
edited Mar 9, 2013 by anonymous
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Cheaper depends on what you choose to do. My husband and I were married four years ago in his parents' lovely backyard. It was a Sunday in August, about 11:00 in the morning. We saved money everywhere because we weren't constricted by the hall's requirements. We stayed away from many wedding-specific vendors. The food was catered (and barbequed onsite) by a company which normally did corporate barbeques. We also rented the tent, floor for the band, tables, and chairs through them. I made all the favors, and our cake was ordered from the local bakery and was not a wedding-specific cake (it was just yummy!). I highly recommend renting port-a-potties (some are very nice and they will keep guests out of your house . . . think about what you would do if your home's toilet backed up in the middle of your reception). Because we were outside, we went to a local greenhouse and bought plants (instead of flowers) for the tables. At the end of the day, we asked guests to take the plants home. Many planted them in their gardens. Each year when they flower, our friends and family remember the fun time they had at our wedding. We arranged the tents in such a way that there was an open area away from the house and street where the children could play. On our invitations, we asked guests to dress "Garden Party Casual - no shorts or jeans." People wore sundresses and colorful shirts and sandals and hats . . . there was so much color in our photographs. We loved it. Granted, it wasn't black-tie, but I think if you plan an outdoor wedding, you want something a little more free. Our guests still talk about our wedding to this day as one of the best family gatherings ever. One thing to do which we are glad we did: ask a trusted friend or family member who is not in the wedding party to take charge of things the day of the wedding when you might be busy getting ready and having pre-ceremony photos taken. He or she can make sure all your vendors arrive and are set up properly, guests know where to go, and can call you if any questions arise. Congrats and best of luck to you!

answered Aug 21, 2013 by Harpist Miriam Shilling(expert)