Atlanta BUDGET Venue

posted 3 years ago in Atlanta
Post # 3
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

@Siobhan:  would you be willing to travel outside the perimeter a little? I’m about 30 mins north of atlanta and have found several beautiful venues for a very low cost.

Post # 4
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

@Bexx:  please share! We are about to book our venue this week but if you have any other suggestions I would love to hear in case I haven’t heard of them! 

Post # 5
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

@Siobhan:  we are planning a wedding/reception for 220 on a Friday in September for around $12000-13000. our venue that we are 99% sure about is The Trolley Barn in Inman Park/ SO CUTE! It’s $3200 to rent on a Friday (or Sunday) and they are totally DIY. You can bring in your own caterer, alcohol, everything- making it super budget friendly.

Post # 7
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

@FutureMrsT1221:  

Here are a few, I’ve mainly looked at rustic venues so they all kind of fall into that theme:

 

Big Canoe does incredible weddings and has about a million different locations within Big Canoe that people can do weddings. Here’s one. It has an indoor and out door area, super cute…like a rustic/elegant look. They also do all the catering and tables and chairs and linens and wedding directing and such, so you don’t hardly have to think about anything!

http://www.bigcanoe.com/weddings.aspx

Here are some other options in our area too:

 

The Barn at Tatum Acres:

http://tatumacres.com/

 

Reid Barn:

http://thereidbarn.com/

 

 

Cavender Castle:

http://cavendercastle.com/

 

Tate House:

http://www.tatehouse.com/

 

Eagle Ranch:

http://www.eagleranchweddings.org/

 

 

Post # 10
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

@Siobhan:  You’re welcome! hope it helps! they are all gorgeous places

Post # 11
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

@Siobhan:  I’ve only visited Atlanta, so I have nothing specific to offer.  But, we bought out a restaurant, with a capacity of 73, for our reception.  This will, generally, save you money, as you don’t actually pay for the venue, you simply have to commit to a certain dollar amount of food and drink purchased.  Basically, you have to cover what they would make if they opened that night.  So, Frday and Saturday nights are the most expensive – though we managed to find a place we loved that we got for a $3000 minimum spend for a Saturday.  We were able to bring in our own cake, and a cask of ale that I commissioned for the wedding.  For some reason, he would not let us bring in wine, even if we paid corkage, but he had some perfectly fine choices for red, white, and bubbles.  We set up a candy buffet, had a band, had them rearrange the tables to make a little dance floor.  The decor suited us to a T.  It was really great.

Some other advantages to doing it this way are that, if you find a place with decor that suits your wedding, you will not have to spend as much as you would decorating other venues.  You can also preview the wait staff by simply going for dinner.

A draw back could be that you have only one catering choice, so you do have to find smoewhere with good food, and that will do a menu you’re happy with.  Most will happily do a custom menu, and it’s actually great for them, because you order in advance, and you only have 1-3 different entrees.

Hotels, at least around here, often have a similar system – if the hotel caters the event, and you meet a certain minimum, they waive the fee for the space.  Some very high end hotels in town could have been almost as affordable as the restaurant we used.

Post # 13
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

@Siobhan:  And you get to be the cool people on the other side of a sign like this:

Post # 16
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Newbee
  • Wedding: August 2013

I got married at Big Canoe in August 2013 and I highly recommend it! It is a little off the beaten path, but my family & friends are still talking about how awesome the whole place is (they all rented houses/cabins and made a weekend of it) and how much they enjoyed the wedding. We actually got married at the chapel, but you can have an outdoor ceremony pretty much anywhere on the property. The food is fantastic and Peggy (coordinator) is willing to work with small budgets (we did upscale BBQ – delicious). I would absolutely do it all over again. A plus – weekends in July and August tend to be unpopular, so you wouldn’t believe how cheap the venue fee is for those months… Check it out!

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