This is my first wedding. I'm really excited about it but I'm having trouble finding a vendor with a reasonable price. I would like the wedding to be held June 2012 and I have just started planning. I really need help.
What professional services are you looking for, and what is the date? Usually Saturdays book up very early or they are more expensive then Friday or Sunday because of the demand. Sometimes shifting that can save you hundreds of dollars (or even thousands). Have you checked out my website for Photography? It's listed here on WeddingMapper and you can find in the Photographers. My site is About The Day and I have all my prices listed for your convenience. (Also, you can call me if there is something you are looking for that I don't list.) Hopefully that helps a bit!?
Check out Amber Springs off of 2854 in Conroe. You can have your wedding AND reception at that location. The price is very good and you have the place for the whole day- 8am to 12 pm . They have a beautiful place outside for the ceremony as well as inside. I did the flowers for a wedding there in January and was sooo impressed when the Bride's mom told me about the price!
In addition to the place being a good price you can control the catering aspects of it by bringing in whoever you want to do the food. In researching for a family wedding, I found Zio's on I-45 to have great prices for Italian Food and they can set up and serve the food.
My daughter got married about 3 years ago in Houston and it was definitely a budget wedding. We did lot's of investigating and research and the wedding turned out very beautifully. The ceremony was held at Hermann Park at the Cancer Survivor's Memorial. There is a very nice gazebo and circular area which is surrounded by tress and shrubs and is across from the Mecom Fountain. This site is not way inside the park so there wasn't any interference from parkgoers.
The reception was held at Chateau Crystale and they were actually a bit more reasonable than many of the places we looked into. At the time, they did not require us to use their catering so we were able to save some money by using a lower-cost restaurant. The only drawback was that we were not able to use their kitchen facilities since we did not use their catering, but everything worked out just fine. They did not have a liquor license at the time so we were allowed to bring in our own alcohol.
Some of the other ways she saved money was on the officiant and the music. She asked a good friend of hers to perform the ceremony. He was not licensed and as it turns out almost anyone can be licensed for about $50. He did a fantastic job! Her best friend's (and maid of honor) brother was the DJ. She planned all of the music in advance and had it all recorded in the exact order she wanted everything so he brought his equipment and played her CD's. He made a few small announcements here and there also.
There were other things that we did, like making our own invitations, and if you would like some more information just let me know.