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Just Said Yes November 2022

i need a very inexpensive indoor/outdoor Wedding Venue with all inclusive under $10,000 Please help me!!!

Ashley, on May 28, 2021 at 10:42 AM Posted in Community Conversations 0 19
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My wedding date is firm for next year on November 22, 2022. We were interested in a destination wedding with only about an estimate amount of 50 guests, however we had to change our plans due financial issues for a few important family members. So we decided to have a wedding within the states or close to home(Texas), which means we can extend that guest list so more than likely 100-150 depending on if it is within miles of our hometowns(which are 30 mins. away from each other). We have been racking our brains on trying to find a venue in Las Vegas, Texas, Florida, and Colorado area within our budget. However, we have yet to find a simple yet elegant venue for our wedding. I am willing to DIY most of my wedding decorations and even decrease the guest list. Is there such thing as inviting a certain amount to the ceremony and dinner? Then everybody else who just wants to party can come to the reception?? Is there such a thing and would that decrease the price...you think? If you beautiful brides have any tips or advice to pass along through this confusing journey of mine I would love the help. Thank you so much!!!!

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Latest activity by Virginia, on July 24, 2021 at 11:15 PM
  • Sarah
    Master September 2019
    Sarah ·
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    I definitely wouldn’t invite extra people to the reception. I don’t know how venues in your area handle that, but ours was firm that because we were paying for food and bar for x amount of people, if more than that showed up, we’d either have to ask people to leave or our event would be shut down by the venue. I would look into community centers, fire halls, and VFW/legions instead of traditional wedding venues, but I’d also see if cutting your guest list a bit would help. For us, the difference between 100 guests and 150 guests would have easily been $5,000+.
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  • Lisa
    Rockstar July 2022
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    I wouldn't invite some people to just the reception (especially if they wouldn't be served a meal). If budget is a concern, I would limit the guest list to only include the number of people that you can comfortably afford to pay for, and invite everyone on that guest list to both the ceremony and reception. When looking for lower cost venues, check out non-traditional venues such as museums, aquariums, parks, etc. For catering, look into local restaurants, which will likely be cheaper than a wedding caterer.
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  • L
    Lisa ·
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    Since the date is nonnegotiable and postponing to save up is off the table, find side jobs to bring in more $$$ to host the number of guests you want to invite. If you and your fiancé are unable to do that, cut your guest list.
    IMO, an invited guest to a wedding celebration should receive one invitation to all aspects of the celebration; ceremony, hosted meal, and post meal celebration. It should not be a tiered event. A good way to begin planning is to consider 2/3 of your budget going towards food and beverage (regardless of meal type/alcohol/non alcohol). Feeding people is your largest expense for any hosted event.
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  • Pirate & 60s Bride
    Legend March 2017
    Pirate & 60s Bride ·
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    Think about your guest list first. Typically, a nice meal at a traditional wedding venue will run $75-125 per person. That’s already $7500-$12,500 for 100 guests—just for food. If you want all-inclusive for $10K I think you’ll really need to cut your guest list. Or, host 100 people at a community center or church/temple hall and get a local restaurant to cater for around $20-$25 per person. Hope that helps!
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  • Michelle
    Rockstar December 2022
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    Catering and bartending alone at at an all inclusive won’t even begin to covered by $10k. And they have minimums (guest count and food costs) you are required to meet.


    It is highly offensive to be invited to ceremony only or invited to the reception only but not fed something equally with the rest of the guests or at all. Try a parks department venue (they include tables and chairs) and then get restaurant drop off catering. That way, everyone can attend both ceremony and reception without being ranked by level of importance.
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  • W
    Super September 2020
    Willow ·
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    I'd start by cutting your guest list. Your budget is not realistic for that many people. 150 people for $10,000 is $66.66 per head. 10k may work for catering alone, but not an entire wedding.


    There is only so much DIY you can do. Think of the cost of the venue, your dress, bulk flowers, officiant, etc.
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  • Michelle
    Rockstar December 2022
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    Hmm many couples get married with less than that to spend on everything. But it usually means compromising and cutting out traditional things that the couple does not want. But it can be done and is done everyday without any disaster. It means going with a community center or park venue (which have tables and chairs included) and restaurant drop off catering rather than a country club with 5 course plus champagne which very few drink.

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  • JM Sunshine
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    Your wedding will be two days before Thanksgiving. A lot of people may decline due to logistics/high cost of travel during that time if you end up planning to have a ceremony/reception out of home state. I think having 50 guests is doable on $10,000 but as PPs have said, most all-inclusive venues have minimums so a restaurant or community center might be the best option.
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  • Hanna
    VIP June 2019
    Hanna ·
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    You can definitely have a wedding for $10k with that number of guests, but probably not at an all inclusive venue, because that would eat up your entire budget and then you wouldn't have anything left for your dress, photographer, DJ or entertainment, flowers, etc. I think your best bet would be to get creative about the venue. As another PP mentioned, community centers and public parks would be a good place to start looking.

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  • Sexypoodle
    Master October 2021
    Sexypoodle ·
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    You should consider San Diego, CA and have your wedding at Marina Village. It’s very popular for couples with tight budgets. There’s a variety of different size rooms to choose from and you can use any licensed caterer/restaurant (which is nice because that allows many options for less expensive meals). It sits on the bay and they have two locations for ceremonies with the water as your backdrop. You should check it out online and their website lists the prices to rent each room.


    Given your budget, you should stick to your 50 guests and have a nice time with them. It’s not worth inviting extra people because that will increase your budget. Also, you definitely don’t want to invite guests simply to come near the end of the evening.

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  • Carissa
    Devoted September 2022
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    What area in Texas are you from? Reading some of these comments about prices are CRAZY and making me glad I dont live on the coasts 😅 all-inclusive venues here run $20-25 a plate lol, no where near $75-100. And catered meals run $10-12 per person. We're doing catering for 250 people at $10/person, so the whole meal will be about $3500 (after tax and gratuity). Our venue was $1200, and thats a pricier one here for a non-all inclusive!
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  • NewEnglandSettler
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    Congratulations, Ashley!
    I suggest you look into restaurants with private rooms within your 30 mile hometown radius. You have a couple of advantages - 1. A Tuesday isn’t popular for an event, so many will be happy to work with you for the bonus income and 2. Many rooms will be decorated for the holidays (or willing to put it up early to get the gig).

    A nice room will greatly decrease any outside decor you have to think about. A well appointed fireplace or windows can serve as a great backdrop for the ceremony.Since it’s a Tuesday - I’m assuming that it will be a shorter affair no matter where you have it? So that will factor in as less drinking $$ and less need for more entertainment (ie. DJ or photo booth). You should be able to get a good price on photography considering the day of week and shorter time needed as well.

    Personally - the best weddings I’ve attended have been restaurant events. Some use the sites speaker system to play their own chosen music, a couple had live music. The rooms usually have plenty of room to work in any special dances the couple wanted. The ones I’ve attended have been very relaxed and intimate.
    Ways to cut costs - consider not having a bridal party, or limit it to 1 or 2. Keep any florals simple. If you go the restaurant route - they are going to make the tables look nice, see what they do and don’t add more for the sake of doing so. Keep your #s down - stick with the 50 or so you were originally happy to have join you at a destination location.
    Just some random thoughts from a stranger... good luck, and enjoy whatever you decide!

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  • whirlwind
    Devoted March 2021
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    Where are you from? I could not find anything near that price. We got married in our church with reception at the church backyard and it was beautiful. But before we knew that was an option I started looking at venues and I got so discouraged because we couldn't afford anything.
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  • Carissa
    Devoted September 2022
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    I live in iowa! My sisters reception venue was $500 and she got it for Friday thru Sunday.
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  • Virginia
    Savvy April 2022
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    I’m getting married on the St Johns River in north Florida and our venue is vintage elegant and is costing us ~$7.5k for 55 people. This includes apps during cocktail hour, upgraded Buffett, champagne toast and open bar for 4 hrs, cake cutting ceremony and day of coordinator. ( The Club Continental in Orange Park, FL). We have decided to invite additional people that aren’t in our tight family and friend circle to join us at an after party that’s a mile and half from our venue after the reception ends so they can still be included.
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  • Ashley
    Just Said Yes November 2022
    Ashley ·
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    That’s exactly what I was sayin as I was reading. Per person here in Texas I’ve seen is a lot lower than what has been said. Wowww!! Great job, that’s what I’m looking for and would not mind paying. I am in south Texas. What part are you from?! How much are you putting g towards decor?
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  • Nisha
    Expert May 2022
    Nisha ·
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    Check out Red Rock near Austin. They do all inclusive.


    https://www.redrockvineyards.com/i need a very inexpensive indoor/outdoor Wedding Venue with all inclusive under $10,000 Please help me!!! 1

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  • Kat88
    Dedicated September 2015
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    Do you mind me asking what venue she used? My sister recently got engaged and is starting her venue search in Iowa.

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  • Virginia
    Savvy April 2022
    Virginia ·
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    You can always have an intimate ceremony on one date and plan for a bigger ‘party’ reception on another date, depending on how many must be present for the ceremony. I may sound awful but most going to the wedding outside of immediate family and best friends are really just attending for the excitement of the reception festivities afterwards in the first place. Yes, experiencing the ceremony is beautiful- but the real fun is at the reception for most attending.
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