Post # 1
Hi everyone! I am currently searching for a venue for my October 2014 wedding (on a Friday) and am struggling to find anything that can stay within a reasonable budget. We are aiming for about 70-80 guests and want the ENTIRE wedding cost to fall under $15,000…we have lots of student loan debt and just can’t spend more than that amount. Any suggestions for places to look? We are totally open to restaurants, rustic spots, etc.
Thanks in advance for any advice you can give me!
Post # 3
@jgogan1: Are you set on JUST boston? I live 10 min north of boston and having my 10-12-14 wedding @ The Salem Cross Inn in West Brookfield. Most bang for ya buck!
Post # 4
Our wedding is the same size as yours and we’re trying for the same budget. We looked at places outside boston and the ones we liked best were the Tiffany Ballroom in Norwood, Spinelli’s in Lynnfield, Lake Pearl Luciano’s in Wrentham and the Blue Hill CC in Canton. They all have packages that include a lot and were reasonably priced. We also liked that these places were willing to accomadate a smaller wedding. A lot of other places wanted us to bump up the guest list to at least 100. Goodluck!
Post # 5
I’m getting married next November at the Commander’s Mansion in Watertown, MA and have a similar budget. Off season is only about $4K for an eight hour rental with no tent.
Post # 6
how far away from the city are you willing to go?
Post # 7
The Joslin Diabetes camp is a little bit outside of Boston, but it rents for a very reasonable daily rate if you are willing to DIY a lot of things.
I also saw a blog that had a really cool low-budget wedding on Plum Island, again with a lot of DIY: http://beaksblogging.blogspot.com/
Smolak Farms is a little more traditionally weddingy but might be able to make it under budget with a smaller guest list.
I would also look into historic houses, halls, and restaurants – most of them didn’t have space for my guest list but there are a lot of great options if you are willing to do the groundwork.
Post # 8
If you are willing to go about an hour outside of Boston, I would recommend the Rockport Art Association. It is beautiful, with local art, high ceilings, and hard wood floors. The rental fee is just $1500.
Post # 9
If you want a place more outdoor than in, Maudslay State Park in Newburyport is awesome, but its hard to get in touch with the guy for the hall rental there (but an onsite outdoor wedding is only $75!)
Post # 10
Thank you all for your suggestions!!!! It is nice to hear about some places that aren’t as astronomically expensive as Boston!
@lindyhop15 I had never heard of the Rockport Art Association before but it is GORGEOUS!!! I am definitely going to go check it out!
Post # 11
My venue is the Hellenic Cultural Center in Watertown, but I also liked the Tirell Room in Quincy. There are a few more I looked at though. Generations in Avon is good too. I hope you find what you’re looking for! I’m on a tight budget too and this is NOT easy! lol Good luck!
Post # 12
@jgogan1: Another nice budget-friendly quality of the Arts Association is that you can buy your liquor on consignment from Gordon’s or Kappy’s, and then they’ll buy back anything you don’t drink (including individual beer bottles, etc.). MUCH cheaper than a per hour charge.