I guess we can't get married in a cardboard box.
October 10, 2012 7:48 AM Subscribe
Help two budget wedding dorks make the most of appointments, touring venues, etc. What questions do we need to ask in person? How do we get it all done in a weekend? Can we get discounts on entry fees for looking at all these places?
posted by nakedmolerats to Grab Bag (6 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
My fiancee and I are planning to get married in upstate New York, which is about a 4-6 hour drive from where we live. We're taking a 3-day weekend to visit, but since it's such a hike we'd love to get our venues nailed down in that one weekend if possible.
I've been reading a lot of wedding blogs and boards, but I still feel like a noob about how you actually intelligently choose a venue. We're on a major budget, so my foremost questions are things like "can you put on a wedding that costs $5000 or less?"
So to those of you that have planned and put on a wedding:
1) How many venues can we reasonably look at in a 3-day weekend?
2) What questions do we need to make sure to ask while we're in person, since we likely won't go back out to the area for quite awhile?
3) Do you have to pay for catering tastings? How do you request one? I have no idea how this works.
4) We're looking at several state parks, which all have entry fees. We're also considering a couple boat cruises. Is it appropriate to ask if we can get in free or discounted since we're looking to book it for a wedding? It'll get pretty pricey to "try out" 2 boat cruises and 5 state parks, etc...
If details are relevant to your answer: we're planning a fall 2013 wedding, about 50 guests. We likely will not have a DJ or live music (not in the budget). We'll probably have to have the reception indoors since it'll be fall and heat lamps are expensive to rent. You can assume we've already contacted the venues via email/phone and asked basic questions about availability and price range).
(Also, if anyone has recommendations for cheap venues in: Buffalo, Niagara Falls, Finger Lakes, Ithaca, drop me a Memail.. I'm all ears)