Got a budget yet? That's the first thing you need to do so you don't over-spend. Register on TheKnot.com and use their budgeting tool, this will help you to determine about how much to spend on everything.
How many guests?
One easy way to help keep cost down is to do a wedding brunch or lunch instead of a dinner.
Proflowers.com is really awesome and affordable if you're into classic flowers. For more exotic, try doing the flowers yourself (or by a talented friend) and buy at the LA Flower Market.
Try to find a place where you can do ceremony and reception so you aren't incurring costs to shuttle the wedding party from one place to the other (plus it's usually cheaper to do both in one place than to book 2 venues for only a few hours each)
That's all I can think of right now and it takes care of the big expenses.
The number one way and I am sure you have heard this before is to cut down the guest list or move the event to an off day like a Friday night or Sunday afternoon. You can also serve heavy hors d’oeuvres instead of a full dinner, people get plenty full but it often ends up costing you less. If you are set on a Saturday night dinner try finding a place where you can bring your own alcohol that saved us a ton of money. One way to cut back on flower costs is to use fruit, shells or something similar on all or half of the tables, it can cut your flower bill in half, also make sure to used flower that are in season. Also having your wedding dress made can often be cheaper than buying a designer dress, any good seamstress can copy one of the designers, plus you end up with a one of a kind. Hope that helps.
For gorgeous, reasonable venues check out LAMountains.org (I think, if not, try .net and .com) We had our wedding and reception at the LA River Center and it was $4500 to have the place for 12 hours (of course that included set up & tear down for the caterer). They book REALLY fast so check them out asap! They were the #1 wedding venue in LA in 2008.
Our wedding was at La Venta Inn. It is near Wayfarers Chapel, we looked at that venue but we had too many people. The prices at La Venta are not cheap but it was well worth it! They can provide the alcohol or you can bring your own and pay a per person fee for all mixers/non-alcoholic drinks, bar set up and the bartenders.
I'm getting married 5/2011 and we are having the ceremony at our church and the reception at the Carson Center in Carson Ca. They are really cheap..if you have a relative that live in carson, they give you a resident discount ..only thing is you can't bring your own food or alcohol.Another way we are saving is we are using carnations for our centerpieces, and I'm doing my own bridesmaids bouquets.I understand I was also a nervous reck with the reception prices...good luck
I had budgeted $250 for all of my invites and accessories, then when I was at Target I found 50 wedding invitations for $39, I was so excited and now have an extra $211 in my pocket. Don't get caught up in the hype, do what's best for your budget and you'll be much happier once everything is said and done.
Try renting your wedding dress instead of buying. There are lots of shops like that on Las Tunas in Temple City. I also bought my bridesmaids dress on Ann Taylor's weddings & events section, with extra discount off and free shipping. Just don't cheap out on your photographer.
I definitely agree! A great photographer is something you CANNOT sacrifice. This is the person who is going to help you remember your wedding for the rest of your life...cause I guarantee the night will be a blur to you and your future-hubby. You want someone who can capture it beautifully.
D'Avello Photography (http://www.davello.com/) does really great work. I don't know his pricing, but I met him last year. His best friend was dating one of my friends and he came on a trip with us. He's one of those hopeless romantics, so he totally gets weddings and couples photography. He does shoots with his fiance, (wife as of next month) Brynn. They are VERY sweet together.
My photographer was Erika Seress with Giselle MacFarlane Photography. I loved her too, very sweet, and actually pretty affordable for the quality!
Congrats! step back and take a breath of fresh air. Make a list starting with the theme for your wedding and color, but before you start to look for your venue you and the Groom should write the guest list out and set a final number of guest to be invited. That makes a world of difference on the cost of the wedding/reception. The next thing would be to figure out inside or outdoors for the wedding.
I could help you if you like. I am starting my own business in this line of work. Being that myself and my fiancee Wedding is May 29, 2010 in Los Angeles,Ca. We are paying for everything ourselves, so we have first hand look on many little details and the cost.
I know how stressful this could be from the start to the finish line. Never the less, stick to the basics: your color and do you want indoor or outdoors or some cases we being the Bride wants a combination of both.
Indoor ceremony and outdoor reception. If you are having any out of town guest that is something to consider as well. then you should look to having your special day in the areas surrounding the airport location.
Please feel free to contact me. I would love to talk to you and help if I could. Good Luck!
Just spoke to Mike D'Avello of D'Avallo Photography. He said that for 2010 weddings they are taking $500 off the package prices and for 2011 weddings they are offering free engagement sessions.
They really do some pretty amazing stuff, hope you get a chance to check out their blog and facebook pages for more info.
I'm getting married this year in august and the ways I cut down on cost is 1. Do-It-Yourself invitations and save the dates. If you look on line there's a lot of wedding websites that offer free templates for wedding invitations and many are beautiful. 2. Look up parks & recreations in your city for your reception, many have community centers that they rent out for 250 or less and also parks for 50 or less depending on if you live in the area or not.
Even though Im not done planning between the venues and the save dates so far I have spent 300 not including my dress since my fiancee mother bought my dress. Hope this helps you a little and congrats on your engagement!
We are having our reception at The Bungalow Club. It is one price for venue, food, drinks, service and it's a restaurant so NO rentals. They also hold ceremonies for free. It is coming out much cheaper than any of the other LA venues we liked!
My husband and I were on a very tight budget too. We ended up getting married on the beach...for FREE!!! We used Ocean Blue Photography and Design for our photos. They are great! I would recommend them if you care about quality but don't have a lot of money.
I agree about needing a great photographer! We just got married a few months ago and were so happy with Ocean Blue Photography and Design also! Their prices arent bad either. Check them out:
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