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Low budget bride- NEED ADVICE

I could really use some advice. I am looking to marry my FH this upcoming year. We only have 10K to spend with no wiggle room. Ive been looking for low cost venues where they have packages but felt many are you pay what you get for. Ive been in love with the idea of having it Queens County Farm Museum where it costs 2000 for the barn but ONLY includes table and chairs. My mother thinks Im going to go way over my budget since Im required to buy/rent everything. But im really convinced it can work, with a lot of DIY and flea markets
Any advice if im biting off more than I can?

Secondly, I work 80+ hours/week and want to do this by september but willing to put every free moment i can is it worth it for me to get a wedding planner? I know my mom and sister will help out but will a wedding planner knowledge of cheaper options worth in in the end?

Re: Low budget bride- NEED ADVICE

  • Here's a list of all-inclusive places on LI (some I wouldn't bother going to).  I got this list from another LI bride on the liweddings.com forum.  

    All the other places I know of that do all inclusive are:
    The Sterling in Bethpage
    Knights of Columbus Oceanside( def not a typical kofc)
    Stewart Thomas manor ( don't recommend it though, smelt!!)
     Mediterranean manor
    East Wind they have 2 deals 100 for 10k or 150 for 15k ( 100 people is in the cottage and 150 people is at the estates)
    Stuart Manor country club and Seacliff Manor ( only in jan feb and March)
    Arianas Waterfall
    Beach Club Estates and Windows on the Lake
    Brentwood country club-Lessings owns it now, so it's not the same all inclusive as before! But the renovations werent done when i went there, it was so old and smelly it needed to be completely gutted if u ask me and the guy told me it was almost done... so I wouldn't recommend that either) and West Sayville Mansion (also lessings)

    Hope this helps.  There's lots of low-budget brides on liweddings, definitely check it out, the forums are much busier on there.
  • Figure out how many people can fit at each of their tables, now how many people you expect to come. Look up rental companies and get quotes based on those numbers. No harm in getting quotes and working from there! Some catering companies are expensive, some are cheaper (read: deli quality food).
  • How many guests are you expecting? I'm getting married at the Mansion at Timber Point which is pretty much an all inclusive venue (food, open bar, cake, table linens, escort cards, candles, etc..) and since we are getting married on Sunday we are only paying around $87pp which is a great deal for all of those things. I was dead set on getting married at the Queens County Farm Museum when I got engaged but decided it would be way too much money to get the things that my fiance and I wanted. Good luck on your planning and congrats on your engagement!!
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