Happy Wednesday! Today’s Wedding Wednesday post is all about the hunt for venues, decorations, and budgeting.
Before I got engaged, I created an account on The Knot to get an idea of costs and highly important tasks to take care of first. One of the main tasks on the list and the highest cost was searching for a venue. The reason why this is at the top of the list is that some venues are booked out YEARS in advance.
When I first saw how much a venue could cost here in the Bay Area, I freaked out. I had no idea how two 21-year-olds were going to come up with that type of money. The good thing was that we still had about a year (at the time) to put aside as much money as we could.
While I was on the hunt for a venue, my aunt had reminded me of the venue her and my uncle used. Now, I won’t be sharing specific details of the location, but the venue is GORGEOUS. There are windows allowing tons of light to come through and we get a really beautiful view. And because everything is so bright, the venue will look perfect with minimal decorations; plus this helps my wallet BIG TIME.
Budget, Budget, Budget
Let’s start off with the heavy: budgeting. Saving money can be difficult when you don’t have a steady income flowing in. During the months of May and June, I barely worked. My hours were being cut and sometimes I’d have a whole week of no work. During this time, I started hunting for a full-time job that would compensate the lack of money for those two months so I could start saving.
What’s been a huge blessing for Kai and I is that my parents are helping us with a whopping $5,000.00! Not gonna lie, I’m really glad we have a low budget. It leaves less room to buy things we really don’t need and the extra money we save will be for our future.
Realizing that the marriage is more important than the wedding is an important step to budgeting. If you and your significant other aren’t living together, you need to make sure you have enough money to get a place to live. This doesn’t mean don’t go all out if you can then do so! But if you can’t then only “go big” as much as you financially can.
I was only on the hunt for like two weeks. Where I live there are so many parks and recreation centers, it only seemed best that we choose our venues through a park and rec center. Initially, we had wanted it to be in the city we live in because most places offer resident discounts. This is a really smart thing to do if you are also preparing for your big day.
The venue we chose wasn’t in our city, but the location is great and the view, like I said, is gorgeous!
Before we (really, me) chose this location, I made a list of what I was looking for in a venue. Some things that were really important to me were:
- Kitchen accessible
- Max capacity 200+
- In and out privileges (for kids to play and be outside)
- Alcohol is permissible
I used this list to narrow down certain places to help me decided and finalize my list of venues.
This list also works if you decided you want to have both your ceremony and reception in the same location i.e. a hotel. Making a list helps give clarity on what really matters to you for your wedding.
As I mentioned earlier, our venue has a lot of light coming in. Once I saw how much open space there is and what our chairs will look like, I was instantly able to decide that I wanted to keep the decorations to a minimum. The theme we (again, me) decided on was rustic. I love how simple, yet so elegant, everything looks with this set theme. Actually, my future mother-in-law just texted me her version of this cute idea from Pinterest using mason jars and burlap!
If you’re anything like me, then you have a wedding board on your Pinterest by now! Pinterest will be your best friend through the wedding planning process. You can find so many things from decorations to party favors to wedding planner printables and so much more! I’m telling you, Pinterest is a life saver! If you’re looking for any ideas, check out my wedding board here for inspiration!