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Venue - Splurge or Save?

Clíodhna, on September 17, 2019 at 11:05 AM Posted in Planning 0 118
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Did you pay top dollar for your dream wedding venue? Or did you choose somewhere with a unbeatable price?

Are you splurging or saving on your venue?


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  • Amber
    Rockstar February 2020
    Amber Online ·
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    We ended up going with a venue much more reasonably priced than the extravagant venue we toured first. But we love it, the people who own are so nice, it's closer to all of our guests, and we got to save money!

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  • Caytlyn
    Legend November 2019
    Caytlyn Online ·
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    Save. We love our venue, but it wasn't our first choice.

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  • Kelsey
    VIP September 2020
    Kelsey ·
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    Save and splurge. The original venue we thought we wanted we didn't tour once we found out our dream venue was within the budget and my parents are helping us pay for the venue.

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  • Jen
    Super May 2018
    Jen ·
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    A bit of a splurge but our venue included a ton of stuff (catering, bar, DOC, set up/break down etc) so it saved us from having to hire more outside vendors.

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  • Ashley
    Dedicated May 2020
    Ashley ·
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    Splurge! But also save because it was $1,000 less than what we originally budgted for.
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  • Erin
    Rockstar June 2021
    Erin ·
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    It feels like a splurge since it’s still $3500 + a $500 refundable damage deposit, but after hearing what other people are spending. And seeing what other places around here are charging (especially for the mountains) it’s fairly reasonably priced.
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  • Sara
    Expert June 2020
    Sara ·
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    SAVED!!! I hunted and hunted and finally came across a really affordable DIY venue with tables and chairs!

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  • MrsV1027
    Master October 2018
    MrsV1027 ·
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    A mix. Our venue was all inclusive so there were little things we did splurge on but we did save overall by choosing the place we did

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  • Amanda
    Expert October 2019
    Amanda ·
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    Our venue was kind of a splurge. Not the most expensive venue we looked at, but the most expensive vendor for our wedding.
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  • Samantha
    Expert October 2020
    Samantha ·
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    Save, we’re going with a space that I like, but isn’t my first choice. It was just the cheapest by far of the spaces I liked.
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  • H
    Super September 2019
    H ·
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    Splurge. Although we didn't actually "splruge" planning an elopment in 7weeks, our "venue" setting was the most important.
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  • Tayla
    Dedicated March 2020
    Tayla ·
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    We slurped because it ended up being all inclusive and we love it.. everything is at one place so we don’t have to drive and leave to go to another place for the reception
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  • Yam
    VIP September 2019
    Yam ·
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    Save! $250 because we’re citizens of the town!
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  • Laura
    Rockstar November 2019
    Laura ·
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    Save. $300 (give or take) for pavilion for and permit to have it catered. Beach for the ceremony is free. I just hope people stay out of the way and don’t photobomb us!
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  • Jamie
    Devoted May 2020
    Jamie ·
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    We saved on the venue... we picked a location that varied in pricing depending on the season and based our date off of one of their lower priced seasons (May). Its an apple orchard so fall is much higher priced, and warmer months that are more popular are higher too.
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  • K
    Expert February 2020
    Kristina ·
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    WE have stuck pretty close to our budget on this one. WE had to change the venue this week actually due to the original venue's new wedding planners attitude towards myself and planning my wedding. We actually saved money changing venues Smiley smile

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  • Elizabeth
    Dedicated November 2019
    Elizabeth ·
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    Splurge. We spent about twice as much as I originally wanted to, but it’s still really not bad compared to a lot of places, and it came with a very reasonably priced caterer.
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  • Holly
    Dedicated March 2020
    Holly ·
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    Splurge. I live in the south, and most of what we have are barn type venues. That was NOT what I wanted. We splurged and picked a newer venue that is all white and absolutely beautiful. It was expensive, but we got a pretty good deal since we booked while they were running a grand opening special.

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  • Catherine
    VIP November 2019
    Catherine ·
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    We splurged but also saved! spent more than what we initially budgeted for BUT saved because we did out of state so it was cheaper than here in NY Smiley heart

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  • Lauren
    VIP September 2019
    Lauren ·
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    Technically save because it was $20 less per person than our previous venue and it had a 50 person lower minimum.

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