Am I being realistic ?
Finally booked our wedding venue! It's 100% what we were looking for and seems to tick all the boxes.
Im just having a few little doubts. Hope I've done the right thing in booking it! My first concern is cost. We budgeted 10,000 for the whole day. Not including the dress as my parents are buying that, the veil I am borrowing from my sister, my fiancés and best mans suit my inlaws would be buying. Hen and stag do's, just a girls/lads night out no trips abroad or anything, paid for respectively by maid of honour and best man. Also honeymoon! We are asking for cash towards the honeymoon as wedding gift and we'll work with whatever we receive. So long story short, 10 grand to cover everything besides, dress, veil, 2 suits, stag/hen, honeymoon.
Now the venue, catering and drinks are coming in at £5300. So is £4700 a realistic amount of money to play with for the rest of the day? We are happy to make a few compromises, for example we are happy to do without a wedding band, buy high street bridesmaid dresses, diy decorations, marks' wedding cake etc. But don't want to compromises in other areas, e.g. Photography! With this in mind is £4700 enough?
Also the wedding is in Ireland where me and my fiancé live, and we will have at least half of our guests travelling from England (mostly family and just a couple of close friends) the venue is half an hours drive from the airport. There is no onsite accomadation at our venue but lots of options close by, to suit all budgets from self catering holiday cottages to b&bs and hotels. Is it reasonable to ask people to travel for half an hour after coming over from England? Should I have picked somewhere closer to the airport!? Is half an hour a reasonable transfer time. Should I have gone with a hotel rather than barn? So then at least once my guests where there they wouldn't have to get taxis back and forth, from their hotel to the venue?
Im pretty scared we're gonna end up going over budget, and that half the guests aren't going to turn up! Please reassure me! Tell me we have done the right thing!