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Old 09-13-2011, 05:26 PM
Location: The Triad (NC)
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minus the other things
= Someone's backyard with burgers on the grill and beer.
Maybe coleslaw too.
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Old 09-14-2011, 09:03 AM
Location: Charlotte NC
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how do you invite 125 people to a wedding without a venue? I think a backyard/rec center would probably be the best bet.
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Old 09-16-2011, 09:33 AM
Location: Fort Mill, SC
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I strongly agree with the others, particularly coastalgirl, in that some areas are going to have to be sacrificed, particularly working with such a last-minute schedule. I got married 8 years ago with a $5k budget, and it was largely possible because we were married on a military base (church was free, officer's club was extremely reasonable). Perhaps consider a cocktail-type reception? I also recommend buying flowers in bulk from a wholesale supplier (Sam's Club, etc.) and doing them yourself, but be realistic about what has to be decorated with flowers.

YOur best bet for time and budget will be a non-sitdown type of venue and keeping food extremely reasonable. Like I said, some type of cocktail reception or light lunch may be the way to go. Look into a Friday or Sunday date as well; we did that and it saved some money and some stress... even though we were working with a lot more time than you have available.

Best wishes to you. Don't let this get you crazy--this is just a celebration of the beginning of your MARRIAGE, which is the only part that really matters.
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Old 09-16-2011, 11:30 AM
Location: Frankfurt, Germany
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Don't forget ordering invitations and sending them out with time for RSVP.
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Old 09-16-2011, 01:32 PM
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Okay so a lot of people are saying that my budget is too low or not enough time to plan....
1. I DO have a fiance. A very great one in fact.
2. I have to get married ASAP because I am pregnant.
3. I did find a great venue. Putting the deposit down this week. It's at the Hilton Hotel in University area. It's going to cost me almost $4,000. Which isn't bad at all.

Pretty much I'm saying I know that I can have a cheaper wedding and still have an amazing wedding that I have always dreamed of.

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Old 09-16-2011, 06:23 PM
Location: Fort Mill, SC
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We all certainly wish you the best. Does the $4,000 for the venue include the other things you mentioned being worried about, such as flowers, limo (which IMO is a waste of your money ), stationery/invitations, etc.?

Did you get rings already? If not, I highly recommend www.e-weddingbands.com. They were fantastic in terms of selection, price (wow), and customer service. And fast as the blazes.
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Old 10-02-2011, 10:56 PM
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Yeah based on reading the thread and teach amy's comment above I to thought the 4000 was supposed to cover venue, limo, etc. Dont was time on limo and pick bridesmaids dresses off the rack...also you may want to check department stores for cheaper selections of bridesmaid dresses.
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Old 10-02-2011, 11:10 PM
Location: South Carolina
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Originally Posted by paulosfm View Post
You'll have a lot less stress and people won't feel obligated to buy a wedding gift when they get the invitation. That way, everyone wins. .
Pfft....one of the reasons we decided to DO a wedding was gifts. Profitable for us, win for us. We either get new stuff or wedding gifts to take back for the money. If Im throwing a party Im going to make some sort of profit!

OP, why not just ditch having bridesmaids?
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