5 Budget Tips When Planning a Wedding in South Florida

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First, as a bride you need to learn this word if you want to save some money: “DYI” which stands for “Do It Yourself”. Impossible to save money without learning this word!

VENUE:

Usually South Florida’s weather is very nice depending on the season. Do a little research on some outdoor venue during the day.

Formula: Outdoor = less $$$ + Daytime = less $$$

CEREMONY:

If you are renting chairs for your wedding ceremony, if possible use those same chairs for your reception. It will save the money of having to rent them for both venues.

INVITATIONS:

There many formats online for your Wedding Invitations. From Google Images or from any other website where you can purchase images, get a wedding invitation template, then edit it with own information on “Paint” (a program used to edit images installed in most computer already), save it. Go to Office Depot or any other place similar to this one and tell them to print it for you. Try to print most of the invitations on one page, it usually fits 4 or 2 depending on the size you want. Buy your own envelopes and that is it.

DATE:

South Florida is one of the most popular states when it comes to weddings, so you need to be strategic on which day and time your choosing to get married. I mentioned it before, weddings during the day are usually cheaper. Weddings on a Saturday are more expensive, Fridays are more affordable and Thursdays even more.

SIT DOWN DINNER OR BUFFET STYLE?

Simple, most venues offer better prices when it is a Buffet Style Reception. Why? Less man-power! In a Sit Down Dinner you need at least 7 servers or more, while in a Buffet you only need around 3 of them.

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Best month for a wedding in South Florida?

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As you know, compared to other states, Florida is a very “lucky” state. While in most of the states summer is the highest season for a wedding. In Florida, any month could be good for your wedding. But which month is the best? FEBRUARY!

Why February? Easy! There are 3 main reasons:

1. Rainfall: Florida is a crazy state when it comes to weather. Yes! Right now it might be sunny, 30 minutes later is raining. Just like that. February has the lowest rainfall percentage during the year.

2. Temperature: Florida is known by its nice and warm temperatures, but keep in mind this. When in Florida is hot, It is very hot, humid and uncomfortable. When does this happen? 9 months of year out of 12. February has a very nice and mild temperature average: 77- High – 61- Low.

3. Money: High season for events in Florida is between September to December, so February is not the highest, that means better prices when booking your ceremony and reception site.

 

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Best South Florida Beach For A Wedding Ceremony

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There are many place in South Florida where you can have your wedding ceremony. Some of them have different prices, fees and restrictions. However, South Florida is one of the best places in the nation to have your wedding ceremony.

I have been a Wedding Decorator / Planner for few years already and I am here to help you find the best place and better prices. Therefore, there are 2 places I would recommend for your Wedding Ceremony:

 John U. Lloyd State Park, Dania Beach, FL & Oleta State Park, North Miami, FL

  – Beautiful beach. Amazing views.

  – Affordable, no hidden fees.

  – Huge parking lots.

  – Quite, not crowded.

  – Restrictions: It is required to have a park ranger, no signs allowed, no balloons, no music on high volume, cannot hang decorations from trees.

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Getting married… What is the first step?

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When it comes to a wedding there are 1,236 details to take care of, you know what I mean, right? What is the first step?

Well, the one which represents more money and time. Reception venue!

A church, temple or a ceremony site usually are much easier to find than a Reception Venue. To start making your invitations and to start preparing your budget you need to know how much the most expensive “thing” of the wedding is going to cost. Usually finding a reception venue takes a lot of time but it is worth it start with this! Trust me! After this step, everything else flows lighter.

 

TIP: Ask for specific prices when looking for a venue, what it includes exactly, fees, ask if there is any other fee you need to know (hidden fees) and have a list of these questions before going to these places so you won’t forget.

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Affordable Wedding Venues in South Florida Part 2

As posted in our last blog “Affordable Wedding Venues in South Florida” if you are not Paris Hilton or JLo, you might be going through the same situation as many brides, trying to find the best prices possible for your wedding ceremony and reception. As I mentioned before, doing some of the wedding planning yourself can save thousands, yes! Thousands you can use for something else.

What to do? 

First, what you are going to need is TIME! Searching for the right place for your wedding venue is going to take some of it. Any banquet hall/hotel is going to charge you around $40 per person plus taxes, just for the food, tables, chairs and basic linens. Everything else, you have to pay for it; decoration, lighting, draping, centerpieces, ect, ect… Mmm! Are calculating? Yes, a lot!

Before I help you find your wedding venue, let me tell you an experience I had decorating a wedding recently. I was able to decorate and plan a complete wedding reception with a budget of  $3500 for 100 guests, this is what it included: Food, tables, chairs, complete table set up, dishware, glasses, silverware, linens, chair covers,  servers, centerpieces for 11 tables, whole room draping, ceiling draping with lights, uplighting, torches, a romantic bonfire, security and the venue rental. Sounds good for that amount of money, right?

Where?

Good question, where? Where would like to have your wedding reception at? Beach, historic, garden, lake view?

I am going to recommend you to take a look at this website: Florida State Parks, here you will find a complete list of the State Parks available for weddings. Most of them offer wedding ceremonies sites and pavilions for your wedding reception. Pavilions? Yes!!! Trust me, if you want to save some compared to a banquet hall or hotels, theses pavilions might be a very good option, all they need is an “Extreme Makeover”, some wall and ceiling draping, uplighting, some chairs, tables, ect, ect. Some companies offer these services for an affordable price. Like I said, some of the wedding planning has to be done by you or your bridesmaids but it will save you some money. How about the food? Just contact some catering companies. They will deliver the food for you and offer a serves at additional prices.

Here you have a list of some of the State Parks:

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Affordable Wedding Venues in South Florida

I have to be totally honest with you about this subject, if you’re not Paris Hilton nor have the money JLo has, your wedding expenses might be way out of your reach. So let’s be realistic, you want to have the wedding of your dreams without going bankrupt, right? But the reality is that if you go to a nice hotel or banquethall and ask them for a quote, it won’t be less than $35 + taxes per person. Are you calculating? Yes, it’s a lot of money when you have to add decorations, photographer, videographers, limo and all the details about a wedding.

I went through the same process you might be going through right now, calculating, budgeting, saving plans and asking for quotes. However, the best advice that I can give you is that you take the time to do “some” of the wedding planning yourself,  you will save a lot of money.

In South Florida, there are so many beautiful state parks where you might be able to have your dream wedding and save some money on the side. State parks in South Florida offer a wide variety of places, views, settings and very good prices. They are perfect for outdoor ceremonies and breathtaking receptions. Note: You are going to have invest some time and money to transform your venue and make it look stunning but it’s worth it compared to the thousands of dollards you would need to spend in one of theses fancy places.

I don’t have anything against expensive hotel venues or banquethall, not at all. If you have the money, spend it! But if you are like most brides wanting to save some $$$, this is for you to read.

In our 2nd Part of “Affordable Wedding Venues in South Florida” I will you more details about some states parks, locations, amenities and prices.

If you are planning your wedding and need some help with advices or looking for a wedding decorating company, just contact us!

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