Weddings at The Freight Shed

Weddings at The Freight Shed

Budget Wedding in Hampton Roads for less than $12,000

If you want to have a fun personalized wedding reception with great wedding entertainment, but you don’t have big bucks.  It takes a lot more planning and a lot more work, but it can be done!  You just have to figure out what is most important to you, and spend the money there. Then you will have a lot of D.I.Y. activities in the areas where you don’t have much of a budget.  Most importantly, you will have to compromise on some items, and that isn’t fun, but it is a necessity in order to stay within your budget.

Real Bride:  Real Budget
How to have the wedding you want !


FINAL BILL:  $11,500

Real Bride's Budget in Virginia


Save the Date

If you want HUGE SAVINGS!  Have your wedding on an “off” day like Friday or Sunday or during the “off” months, like November to March, when most weddings professionals are not very busy.


Getting married on a Sunday, you can have your ceremony  at a regularly scheduled Mass and save money

Wedding Entertainment

Decide what is MOST IMPORTANT to you.  If it’s a great party, then spend a large portion of your budget on Wedding Entertainment. (like the bride above)


Choose a venue that will allow you to get your own ABC license and provide your own alcohol. (In the Williamsburg area, that is The Freight Shed, The Community Building and Legacy Hall) These properties are also relatively inexpensive to rent for the day.


Choose “yummy” food that everyone loves, like BBQ.  Your guests are full, and you won’t break the bank.

Photography & Videography

If you choose and “off” day or “month” and only need minimal editing, and don’t need the fancy books, you can probably negotiate a very good deal.


The “Real” Wedding Details:

Wedding Date: November 9, 2014 (Sunday) – (Off-day in a slower month) = BIG SAVINGS!!!

Ceremony:  St. Bede, Williamsburg
Reception:  The Freight Shed, Yorktown, VA
Catering:  Manhattan’s 5th Avenue Catering
Cake: Bella Cakes
Popcorn Favors:  State Fair Kettle Corn
Table Cloths:  Walmart (Plastic that looks like linen – $1.69 each)
Centerpieces:  D.I.Y.
Decor:  D.I.Y.
Place Settings:  D.I.Y.
Wedding Dress:
Wedding Planner Liz Daley
Master of Ceremonies, DJ & Wedding Entertainment:  Liz Daley
Flowers:  Pollard’s Florist
Photographer:  Raychel Armstrong (friend)
Videographer:  Gary Randall

Music Choices:

Bride & Groom’s Entrance Song:  “My Love” by Justin Timberlake

First Dance:  “Babe” by Styx

Grandfather/Daughter Dance:  “That’s Amore” by Dean Martin

Mother/Son Dance: “Right There Waiting for You” by Richard Marx

Cake Cutting:  “I’ve Got The World on a String” by Frank Sinatra

Single Men to the Dance Floor:  “Girls” by JayZ

Garter Removal Song:  “Crazy in Love” by Beyonce

Garter Toss:  “I Just Want to Love You” by JayZ

Single Ladies to the Dance Floor:  “Single Ladies” by Beyonce

Bouquet Toss:  “Bills, Bills, Bills” by Beyonce

Replace Garter:  “Bonny & Clyde” by JayZ & Beyonce (chorus)

Last Dance:  “I Don’t Want This Night to End” by Luke Bryan

Special Music Requests for Wedding Entertainment

“Chicken Dance” for Grandma
“Shout” by The Isley Brothers for the groom, Josh.
“Going to the Chapel” for the Aunts and Grandma
Classic Rock (for Dinner)
Reggae (for Dinner)
Salsa & Latin Music
90’s & Reggaeton
Classic Hip Hop & Dance Music
Current Dance Music


If you’d like help making this happen for you, give me a call and schedule your consultation.  757-566-4530