I just got engaged 2 weeks ago and we are trying to get married in Sept or Oct of this year. I have inquired with over 100 venues and still cant find anything remotely in my budget when all said and done. We want to stay between 5000-7500 with an absolute max of 10,000 for the entire wedding. We dont have help from parents and are doing it ourselves. Were you able to stay in budget? What were some unexpected costs that I should prepare for?