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How do i keep my wedding affordable?

Rebecca, on September 4, 2019 at 1:10 AM Posted in Hair and Makeup 0 23
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Im a college student and had budget of 10k. I live in Southern California an hour south or LA. I really wanted a dreamy outdoor grassy wedding, with a modern reception. Theres lots of options if you have money. I found a place that does everything for me (wedgewood weddings, university club) which seems like itll save me loads of money, and my lose estimate was 12k. I got their quote which was 18k before deposits... I can't find airbnbs with large backyards, nor anything with green grass for cheaper than this place... But it still seems ridiculously pricy for me, when I have city parks everywhere. How do I diy/ cut the bill?

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  • Alycia
    Super July 2021
    Alycia ·
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    Go online to the county parks and rec. You can search the various parks and rec facilities in your area. They always have beautiful parks and the buildings are generally large spacious facilities. The price is always way cheaper too.

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  • Rebecca
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    Rebecca ·
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    Thank you I'll check it out!
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  • Theadra
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    Theadra ·
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    I feel you girl! I live in So Cal as well and I'm having a beach wedding. And there is plenty of videos on diy on youtube or pinterest. Not gunna lie, I looked up some videos out of curiosity and I was like oh no, that seems way too stressful lol.

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  • Sexypoodle
    Master October 2021
    Sexypoodle ·
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    I’m in SoCal too (although we’re having a DW and getting married elsewhere). What area specifically are you seeking to have your wedding? Are you open to anywhere in SoCal?
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  • Rebecca
    Dedicated February 2021
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    Yeah that's where I'm at, it's more than I want to pay and I can see it easily adding up to close to 25k with the photographer, the dress and all the little things we'll need. But im not sure if its just a price I should live with and just enjoy having everything done for me. The price is stressful but thd DIYs are equally so...
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  • Elizabeth
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    Elizabeth ·
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    Depends on what you're planning. The biggest way I have cut costs is using public spaces on dates that aren't popular. But you can also rent them for fairly cheap to reserve for sure. This is kind of limited to outdoor weddings but there are some beautiful gazebos and more in public and state parks that are free on a first come first serve basis. Also, rent the tux, buy your dress used on still white or similar and buy a used ring because its never worth what you paid retail. Just some easy ways to save a ton of money.
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  • Rebecca
    Dedicated February 2021
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    Yeah pretty much. I'm open to anywhere 3 hours out of orange county, and I'm also open to areas around Tucson AZ. Only a handful of our guests are from there, but that's where my FH grew up.
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  • Rebecca
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    Wow that's great thank you!
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  • Elizabeth
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    Elizabeth ·
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    No problem girl! The wedding industry has become very commercial and we all kind of lose sight of what we are actually doing it for. It's important but in the end it's just a party celebrating our love and commitment. If you dont have thousands to spend on that that's ok. I know I sure don't, but I still deserve to feel like a princess so I'm getting creative. In the end it's the marriage that matters. Not the wedding. The wedding is important. It's just not the most important thing in my opinion.
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  • Elizabeth
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    I'm also hand beading my veil. That's saving me a ton of money. Buying loose Swarovski crystals and pearls is much cheaper than buying hand beaded veils and dresses if you're a bit artsy.
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  • Megan
    Expert October 2019
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    I'm not in CA, but I'm getting married at a park with a pond in Michigan (seems like that would be easy to find but I have more beaches and woods than cute parks). Go to your local government office and see if any parks close to you rent the grounds. I'm paying $50 ($25 for a deposit) for my ceremony site. My entire wedding - minus the wedding bands - is less than $6,000.
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  • Yam
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    Also chiming in! State parks are the way to go, many of them have ceremony spaces like gazebos or arbors, that’s what they’re there for. And in my state there’s always 1-2 indoor buildings to be rented out for weddings or fund raisers. If you find one in the town you reside in you’ll usually get a citizen discount too. My venue would be $750 but because I’m a resident it was $250 for both spaces.
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  • Yam
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    Heyo fellow Michigan park bride! We’ve got some gorgeous parks don’t we? Mine has a wedding location facing the lake and there’s a pier to go down to the beach.
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  • Megan
    Expert October 2019
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    Oh yes we do! My FH and I had to figure out what kind of scenery we wanted since we have lakes w/o "beaches", beaches, woody state parks, beautiful open parks, Sand Dunes, etc. We contemplated getting married on a dock, but since we are getting married in October... the possibility of snow is there and snow and the lake would be freezing. Lol. That sounds like a beautiful location! Smiley smile
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  • Alejandra
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    Alejandra ·
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    Also, check out Jaime Wolfer on YouTube. She’s a wedding planner based in California and she did her own wedding at like 8K for 100-200 people. Seriously, she’s awesome. She also has super in depth videos on how to save money, what is reasonable to DIY, and how to stay in budget. Smiley smile
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  • Yam
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    Aww I wanted October too but our park doesn’t allow outdoor ceremonies after September. Smiley sad Lucky! Good luck with your beautiful fall wedding!
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  • Megan
    Expert October 2019
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    Thank you and good luck with your gorgeous lake wedding! Smiley smile
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  • Allaura
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    Dude are you me? Lol I was looking in so cal and ended up choosing a place in Tucson. lol if you don’t mind looking in riverside the citrus state park was beautiful when I went. Its so pretty and green. It’s a little east of where you said you were looking but worth it.
    We ended up deciding on Hacienda Del sol in Tucson which is on the more expensive side but out here we also took a look at the desert museum and casino del sol. They were both pretty affordable.
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  • Rebecca
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    Thank you, yeah we seem like we're in the same boat! I'll check out riverside and those places in Arizona.
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  • E
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    Emily ·
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    Get married on an off day like any day of the week. Venues might give better prices! Ours did! And photo, video and makeup all quoted me a discount because we are getting married on a Monday.

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