Post # 1
With the economy in the wonderful state its in, I like many other brides have had to downsize my wedding and actually plan it all locally. No more destination in Hawaii 🙁
With this latest development, I am in need of major assistance. HELP!!!
I’m located just NE of Columbus. I don’t want the stereotypical church/country club wedding, as that does not really fit with us. I’m at a loss as to where I should even start. I’m getting married in March… Coming up so fast.
Thanks for any ideas and imput.
Post # 3
It’ll be cold so can you find a restaurant with a large fireplace that you can get married in front of? And then have the reception there as well. Restos tend to be a little cheaper because they aren’t in the wedding biz and they have all tools, utinsils, everything etc. already there.
Post # 4
Check out Mrs. Bunny’s posts. She got married in a barn in the Columbus area.
Post # 5
I just got married in Gahanna, Ohio at the creekside. There is a beautiful rotary stage that is outside, or the inside of the Conference Center is very beautiful. They were so helpful. The Conference Center is probably about 2 years old, maybe not even. It’s very modern. If you have any questions, let me know. I did my whole wedding in Columbus, for about $5,000,,,
Post # 6
How many people are you planning on inviting?
Post # 7
Hey futuremrsgeoff! I’d love to help you any way I can!
You should probably start by figuring out the type of wedding you and your FI want. What kind of feel are you going for? Mr. Bunny and I picked Everal Barn in Westerville because it fit our guest list and the vibe we wanted for our wedding, rustic and fun!
Let me know if there’s anything I can do — advice, vendor recommendations, or whatever.
Ope, should probably add that I was on a very modest budget and probably spent less than $8,000 for the whole shebang. Low-budget weddings are very doable in this area!
Post # 8
I’m so happy to see columbus brides on a budget! I haven’t started planning yet but I’m so scared of how much all this will cost!
Post # 9
We are on a tight budget too and only have 80 guests – so we are looking at art galleries/art centers, small family owned restaurants…. I also noticed that (in Indianapolis and Chicago) there are several really great restrored warehouses that now lease loft space for offices and sometimes these spaces can be rented month-to-month. There is a warehouse loft in Indy that rents for $800 a month – much cheaper then most venues will rent for one day!
Post # 10
Here are a couple places that we looked at that were on the cheaper end of things (around $5000 or less including food and place rental). Sadly, they didn’t work for what we needed. These are for receptions but I’m sure they can do a ceremony as well if that is needed.
COSI: http://www.cosi.org/events/suggestions/ (they have some fun spaces, we just didn’t want to get married where I work. 🙂 )
Venue at Smith Brothers : http://www.venueatsmithbrothers.com/
Hoover Y-Park: http://www.ymcacolumbus.org/hoover/hoover_rental.php
Park of Roses/Topiary Park/Cultral Arts Courtyard: http://recparks.columbus.gov/rentals/Wedding%20Rentals/index.asp
Ohio Theater: http://www.capa.com/columbus/venues/ohio_facilityrental.php
Kelton House: http://www.keltonhouse.com/
Oh and if you want to leave Central Ohio, there are some amazing places in the Hocking Hills that do weddings. If we didn’t have such a large guest count (130), I would have loved this.
Post # 11
I am also trying to plan a wedding in the central ohio area on a very tight budget of $10,000. I am expecting b/w 100-125 guests. I am just starting my venue search but haven’t really been able to find anything that fits my budget. I love the Valley Dale Grand Ballroom but the minimum bar price is way over my budget.
Since I am getting married in August 2011, I could have the ceremony/reception inside or outside.
Does anyone know of a venue that will allow you to bring in your own alcohol?
I am thinking about purchasing our flowers (ivory/cream roses) in bulk from Sam’s Club or Cosco. If anyone knows of a cheaper place, please let me know.
If I come across some really good deals, I will make sure to share with everyone here on weddingbee.
I would love to hear from readers who were able to do their entire wedding on a $10,000 or less budget.
Post # 12
Wild Goose Creative near OSU has a gallery-type space that would probably hold just over 100 comfortablly – and it’s SUPER cheap to rent $75 for 3 hours, with additional hours $15 each. They can provide tables (free), tach support/speakers, coffee/tea and have a small kitchenette area for caterer use. The side walls are exposed brick and there is a small stage in front – very cool! We are having a cocktail reception but it was going to be too small for 150+ guests. Bring your own alcohol/food/whatever. Beth is super-nice too. http://www.wildgoosecreative.com/Wild_Goose_Creative___Rent_our_Space.html
We are using the Arlington Swim and Racquet Clubhouse. Very nice space with 2 levels. I think it’s $500 for 4 hour event, 2 hour setup, 1 hour teardown. BYO-beverage and caterer.
Our reception will be well under $7000, I suspect. We are getting married in Hawaii and just having the reception. The wedding on the beach in hawaii will set us back less than $1000 with photos (not including the trip/honeymoon)
Post # 13
Thanks for all these suggestions. Very helpful!!!!