Since we’ve been planning our wedding, we’ve decided to keep everything as easy on us as possible. The less headache, the happier we will be. That doesn’t mean that we don’t still want the day to be beautiful.
We’re working on a budget, and we’re paying for the wedding ourselves without any outside help. Originally, we were planning on having our wedding at a venue in a local park. They provided the building, we would provide everything else. It was really pretty, but more importantly, it was really, really cheap. $700+ cheaper than the next cheapest place we could find. And the next cheapest place wasn’t pretty at all.
Then we started planning. We were going to need chairs. Tables. A DJ. A caterer. Decorations like candles and table cloths and tulle. We were going to need a permit to play our music loudly. We were going to need a bartender and alcohol and a permit to even serve that.
So I looked up other places we could have our wedding. Because planning all of that sounded miserable to me. And adding the numbers up, it wasn’t as cheap as I was expecting.
Then we found it. The perfect place. A restaurant that has a room where they host weddings and parties. And it’s super pretty. And the fee to rent the room is minimal. Very minimal. And it includes tables and chairs and a sound system to hook up an iPod and table cloths and decorations and candles and everything. And they set it all up. The food and drink is expensive, which is why the room’s so cheap, but after doing the math we’ll actually be saving money by getting fancy food at the pretty, non-DIY venue than at the cabin in the park that would have needed an overhaul.
The moral of the story is don’t assume that because something is nicer it is inherently more expensive. Don’t assume that because you’ll be doing it all yourself that it will be inherently cheaper. Be a smart consumer and really take the time to compare your options. We’ll be less stressed and have our pockets left a tiny bit fuller after saying, “I do,” because that’s what we did.
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