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Wedding Wednesday Venues: Creating a Wedding Venue Budget

Team.  There are SO MANY ELEMENTS involved in wedding venue budgets.  I was used to planning sorority formals or office conferences where you find a space, book a date, and sign the dotted line.  But NO… these places all have random, little things that you have to pay for that are highly confusing.  A $43/hour forest fee?  That’s a thing?  Yes, yes my beautiful SSTers, it is.

The great news is that we have narrowed our options down to the final two that perfectly fit our taste, style, and budget.  Be looking for us traveling to Vail in the near future, and cross your fingers/send a prayer up to whatever G-o-d you’re on board with for us.

If you’re finding yourself in the budgeting phase, or if you think you ever will, then I highly recommend the budgeting sheet I created below.  Make sure that you redevelop it to fit your scene and venues, but pulling this together was a HUGE help for us.  Feel free to redevelop and use as you will.  Good luck!

Wedding Budget Sheet


What elements did you forget during your wedding budget planning that you wished you knew about?  For those married, how did you know your venue was “the one?”

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  • Reply Jamie

    Dare I ask what a forest fee even is??

    August 6, 2015 at 8:37 am
    • Reply semisweettooth

      Baha, fair question. Since we’re looking in national forests, there’s a magical forest fee that appears. Sneaky…

      August 6, 2015 at 1:16 pm
  • Reply sayyestohappy

    this is awesome thanks for sharing! It will come in handy some day for me 🙂 excited to hear about your vail venue shopping!

    August 6, 2015 at 11:21 am
  • Reply Wedding Wednesday: What to Ask Potential Wedding Planners | Semi-Sweet Tooth

    […] Finding the perfect wedding venue has been an experience, to say the least.  Ray and I both thought that we would walk into a place and fall head-over-heels.  While that happened, there are so many other factors that come into play that it’s not even funny.  (See: last week’s post.) […]

    August 12, 2015 at 2:11 pm
  • Reply Melissa (@sunburntsaver)

    Oh my gosh, no joke on fees! Fees are a big reason we decided to have our wedding reception at a restaurant instead of a hotel with a better view!

    August 15, 2015 at 2:08 pm
    • Reply semisweettooth

      Totally with you! We’re (likely) going to do something different than we anticipated on that reason alone!

      August 18, 2015 at 9:58 am

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