I wanted a five star wedding on a three star budget

November 30, 2010 at 7:20 pm Leave a comment

I’d been to a lot of weddings and was constantly annoyed when I saw people skimping on the wedding costs. I’d vowed that when it was my turn, I would make sure that I spared no expense and if it meant that I had to cut down the number of guests to have the wedding I wanted, so be it. Well, that worked better in theory than in reality and when it came time for my wedding I realized that there was no way for me to have the wedding I’d wanted on the budget I had. I ended up choosing the five star location and going way, way over budget which left me stressed and unhappy on my wedding day.

We think that it’s very common to be less forgiving of other people’s wedding choices until you have your own wedding and realize just how hard it is to make the decisions that are going to maximize the amount of money you spend of the amount of goods you receive.

One good way around this is to choose a five star location that is out of season – so you’ll get the fantastic accommodations and great food without the high room prices to go along with it. Look at ski resorts just before and after ski seasons, summertime resorts at the end of their seasons or any other very seasonal locale that you can exploit to your benefit.

For example, ski resorts on the west coast often have high prices in the snow season and in the summertime but are an absolute bargain in the fall and spring. If you get lucky and choose the right weekend, your guests might get in some skiing as well. Pay attention to transportation to and from the resort [better to fly into Salt Lake City for a wedding in Deer Valley than some remote Colorado ski location that costs a fortune to get to]. At the St. Regis in Deer Valley – fall rates start at $150 for the rooms that are typically $750 during the ski season. What better than to have the run of the resort for you and your guests? Similar deals can be found in the off season in the Caribbean, Mexico and many other great locales. There is probably some seasonality to your hometown as well [though you may not realize it] in terms of convention business, tourist business, etc.

The important thing in getting the wedding you want to is to negotiate everything at the same time – rooms, food and beverage and any other extras you want thrown in – so that you wind up with a wedding you love.

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