Planning and Atlanta wedding. Well...trying to
April 23, 2014 1:51 PM Subscribe
Another wedding question... So, newly engaged, which is awesome, but now that we've started trying to plan it, I feel so incredibly overwhelmed...and not in a good way. The first thing we need to do is figure out where. We have a budget of $5000 max, and every place I have researched or contacted has been at minimum $2000-$3000, and 90% of these would force us to use their own caterers and vendors. We are ready to try something nonstandard, but I have never even been to a wedding before, so...we am having problems coming up with ideas for a small wedding and reception of like 50 people max.
posted by polywomp to Grab Bag (36 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
It would need to be in Atlanta. I thought about a wedding and reception at a cabin near Helen, GA, but my fiance pointed out that it'd be a pretty serious drive for our friends, with limited parking. We considered a park, which would basically be free, but it could rain, so it seems like terrible idea. Also, there's nowhere to have a reception really. I'd like to throw a fun party, and for some reason I think having an open bar in a park would be a bit frowned upon.
I have reached out to a number of places, after reading old askmefi and /r/atlanta questions, and the cheapest thing we have found is Dockside in Piedmont Park, at nearly $2000. Of course, they require you to use their approved caterers and things like that, so it would quickly balloon past our budget once we factor in decorations and dress and photos and all the other things I'm not thinking of. I would like to DIY as much as possible to save money, and I'd go so far as to make all the food myself if I have to, or cater from a local restaurant (I assume that'd be cheaper than professional event caterers). The ceremony and reception would ideally be in the same place.
I am pretty non-traditional, and so is my fiance, so we are ok with getting quite a bit away from the standard wedding narrative as long as we can have a meaningful ceremony and a fun reception for our guests, preferably in some place that is pretty/cool/interesting and not at all like something you'd see in a bridal magazine. However, I've never been to a wedding. I don't feel like I can be creative in coming up with ideas, because it just stresses me out, and I have no friends to help me. It will be just my fiance and me planning and executing the entire thing, and in a rather short time frame (I want to do this before winter).
I need ideas please, no matter how out-there, and specific recommendations if possible. And a little hope that this can be done for $5000.