Post # 1
I’m recently engaged and have just started to look into places to hold a ceremony and/or a reception and have become frustrated and down right disheartened!
I’ve looked at multiple sites to try and find places, yet the lowest I can seem to find is $1500. I’m not an extragavant person nor do I want my wedding to be, I am totally fine with a fairly small (50 people) event, summer backyard barbeque style, which would work so well with a family or friend’s backyard but nobody has a place available.
I’m left to try to find a location in my area (which is central Maine) and I have NO idea where to look because all the places online are telling me these huge prices for just a day or two to rent a room and use their yard for a couple of hours. I’m not at all prepared to use all my savings or go into debt to have one date to celebrate with my closest friends and family. That’s not right at all to me. Nobody should HAVE to go into debt to have one special day.
So, where to look? Suggestions? I can get a cheap dress, I can have family cook the food, I can DIY invitations and decorations, so where do I go about not breaking the bank on a location? Help!
Post # 3
Historical buildings owned by the county can be rented at reasonable prices, any social club building, like the elks or the masons rent out well and smaller bed and breakfasts usually will make a deal. Also if there are public gardens, arboretums or wineries, those do well too…good luck!
Post # 4
@bbywedding: public parks,cultural center,rec centers,church fellowship halls,college campuses ballroom/grand halls, non-fancy resturants party rooms.
You’d also do well to research less popular months/days for weddings in your locale to get the best deals.
Post # 5
@bbywedding is there a nice rec center in your area that you can rent?? Im only having 70 guest and I reneted a rec center in my area for only $200 for 6 hours. Its a blank space and they only provide chairs and tables but Im going to spice it up with decor. I would suggest looking into a nice rec center.
Post # 6
VFW, church halls and elks clubs are usually fairly decent.
Post # 7
You could try a restaurant with a private room!
Post # 8
State and national parks don’t permit alcohol, but are otherwise great for weddings, and very affordable. Historic sites are also great.
Post # 9
Thank you for all the great suggestions, ladies! 🙂
Post # 10
Being in Maine, there may be vacation homes/cabins you could rent for the weekend and get the grounds. This would give you and the wedding party a place to stay and will keep the budget down b/c you’ll have more time to prep, etc.
Post # 11
I would say a church because in our area it was pretty cheap. but it was still 1k. however perhaps a protestant spot would be cheaper, it depends on the area. Ours is in a wealthier part of town so ik is really cheap and the diocese helps decide the cost…. when you knock out a big bro influence you may find a church is cheaper. Also the public parks are pretty cheap too. there are normally shelters you can reserve
Post # 12
@piacavoleKt: +1 parks have shelters, rent for 200-300 normally
Post # 13
We are doing our reception at a Polish hall. Most “Halls” are really cheap. Mine will only be $175 including a bartender and we get $50 of that back after we clean it up.
Good luck =)
Post # 14
Definitely look at restaurants! FH and I found a restaurant that offers a ceremony AND reception site, and it’s going to cost us less than $1000 for our ceremony and a 40 person brunch reception!