We're aiming for a March 2012 wedding, which gives us time to plan, but we're also saving for a down payment on a house - which we hope to have before the wedding for those coming out of state to stay with us. So we have a lot on our plate financially.
We live in San Jose and are looking for a wedding venue here, but there aren't any of the "normal" wedding venues that we can afford. I want to try to avoid having the wedding at a park, but I'm not sure that it's possible. (it would be a bit chilly in March for an outdoor wedding). Our guest list is at 110 people right now, and I'm assuming it will peak at about 125. One restaurant we like caters, and it would only cost us 1k for 150 people. I am buying my dress online for around $150. My fiance has a DJ friend who will likely DJ for the reception. I'm trying to get the whole wedding under 5k (is this even possible?)
So I need a venue, photographer, florist, and makeup/hair artist, for very cheap. I'm not sure what to do. Every venue someone says is "cheap" will not work for us. Does anyone having suggestions? The stress of it all is wearing on me.