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School Me: Weddings

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    I remember cake tasting. WTF man. After the first 15 fork full of cakes they all taste like sugar, milk, eggs and flour.

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    Re: School Me: Weddings

    Quote Originally Posted by PhilB View Post
    I think the main thing to be aware of, for both you and your intended, is that there is a large industry out there, dedicated and finely tuned to making all of this *very* expensive. They will try to make her feel like if she doesn't get to be an absolute princess, then she's a failure, and if you don't pony up for every little upgrade, you're a cheapskate and unsuccessful, and everyone you know will think badly of you if this isn't the greatest extravaganza they've ever seen. Separate yourselves from those people in that industry.
    One thing I will say though, if the photographer seems expensive, keep in mind they are likely putting in 2x-3x the hours editing after the big day. And likely paying a second shooter $400-500 for the day as well. Expect to spend >$2.5K for someone with any amount of experience, unless you are getting a friend/just-starting-out discount.

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    Sheesh...be glad you're not Indian!

    3 days...pay for (less wealthy) family's hotel for a week from out of town...300+ people (people you don't even know)...$60,000+ for one in central MA. I have seen some in Boston/NY/LA that easily bust the $100,000 mark. The parents always pay for it. I am the "childish"/embarrassment to the family - I don't take a dime, and l stay single and spend it on real estate investing and bikes, thanks

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    Just recalling all three times I did this. 1st one was the big traditional wedding. Church, horse drawn carrage, lots of photos, video, big reception and honey moon. Lots of prep time took over a year to plan. 125 people.Cost was out of control. Second smaller version of the frist. Still alot of money and i forgot the ring!🤔 both where fun and a pain all rolled into one. Got pulled in every direction possible. And felt at times like it was more about everyone else then me want her. Third time was the charm had a blast we both could not have been happier. We did what we wanted when we wanted. Good luck. Try to find what works for you both over what others think is best.

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    farmers are getting into the wedding venue business as a way to pick up a few extra $$. We have a client that built a barn for a mountain top venue. I attended his son's wedding, awesome location 360 panoramic view, He had the AdamEzra Group
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    Re: School Me: Weddings

    My wife and I spent ~$150 on a Justice of the Peace and got married on the beach with 6 people in attendance. No one got to tell us what to do (because they weren't paying) and we're not in $10-40k of debt.

    Couldn't be happier about it. School Me: Weddings

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    If you are careful in your planning, you can get a lot done for a reasonable amount of money. Venue and food are a big portion of your budget. There are a number of restaurants with good function halls that are reasonably priced. You just need to shop around for them. We even walked away from one venue because they continued to try and guilt trip me into spending more even after I told them to lay off those tactics. Photos were done by a family friend and we skipped a videographer because we both thought it was dumb. With a photographer, make sure you own the rights to the pictures so discuss that up front. We hired a relatively green DJ who was still trying to get exposure. We had seen him at someone else's wedding and he did a fantastic job. The reception seemed to fly by because he kept everything moving and everyone involved. With 180ish people, we were able to keep ours under $10K.

    All that said, the most fun wedding I went to was when I was a plus one for some friends of my wife's family. 35ish people all in their back yard and they told everyone to bring food instead of gifts. The bride and groom provided the booze. The ceremony was short and sweet and we partied well into next morning. I think they spent $500 total on alcohol and a tent.

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    I think a lot of this depends on the bride-to-be. Weddings (IMO) are usually for her and her parents. We did the whole traditional thing (28 years ago), and if I had it to do over again I'd have a simple ceremony, and a huge casual party afterwards. My sister did it this way down south and it was a blast and a fraction of the cost of ours.

    And forget about planning - your opinion means nothing!

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    Quote Originally Posted by RandyO View Post
    farmers are getting into the wedding venue business as a way to pick up a few extra $$. We have a client that built a barn for a mountain top venue. I attended his son's wedding, awesome location 360 panoramic view, He had the AdamEzra Group
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    those Barn Venues are becoming very common lately

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    After seeing many close fam and friends get divorced after dumping 25k on a wedding we decided to invite 100 at most, researched a photographer and DJ. Married in a Church and it was great imop

    Total was about 4k

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