Post # 1
First of all, thanks for reading!
My fiance and I are planning a summer wedding in 2014. We are getting married at our college in Worcester, so we were hoping for a reception within 30 minutes from Worcester. We have this idea of a low-key, simple wedding for around 100-125 guests. Outdoors, flowers, twinkle lights, good rain backup plan. I can see myself wanting “bigger and better,” and I don’t want to start down that path and for this to spiral out of control. The venues we looked at so far were a bit inflexible and more than we were hoping for. I’m hoping by starting with a relatively simple, pretty venue, I can keep this from happening. For example, we looked at a farm north of Worcester that was $125 at least a head plus a 150 guest minimum. It’s more difficult finding the more intimate, less advertised places (obviously). Parks, historic sites, barns, anything. Just a big old informal party with good food, alcohol, and space for dancing! I appreciate in advance (more than you know!) any advice that you can provide. If you are looking in that area too, I’d love to share ideas. Or if you’re already married, feel free to share your wedding shots!
Any tips for keeping things from spiraling out of control are appreciated too 🙂 I want to keep my eye on the relationship and not on the party, which I can imagine may get difficult with all this planning.
EDIT: We have looked at Harrington Farm, Zukas, Salem Cross Inn and Publick House. I’m interested in Fruitlands Museum and Tower Hill Botanical Gardens if anyone has any opinions on those!
Post # 3
Hi again! Where did you graduate from? I went to Assumptipn! One of my dear friends got married at the Fruitlands Museum and it was beautiful! We plan to look there as well!
Post # 4
@misswhimsy: Tower Hill is gorgeous! Before we decided to have a smaller wedding and just do it at my mom’s house, that was one place I thought about having it.
Post # 5
p.s. I assume you’ve looked into whether the college has a reception venue that you could use too?
As for keeping it simple, prioritize, prioritize, prioritize. Don’t get caught up in needing to have 150 hand-sewn napkins and stuff like that. For me, anyway, the things that were the most important to me were the food, the cake, and my dress. Everything else I tried not to stress about. I let the florist do basically whatever he wanted using local, in-season flowers; I let DH make the music playlist, I skipped tons of things altogether (favors, veil, bridal party, dj/band, limo, garter, froofy details like chair covers/toasting flutes/cake cutting set).
BTW, I HIGHLY recommend Peppers Catering. At brunch the next day, guests were still talking about the food because it was so good.
Post # 6
Thank you both so much for your help! I just contacted Tower Hill so hopefully will be touring there soon. I heard that they work with Peppers Catering, so I’m so glad that you mentioned them, mightywombat. Thank you also for the amazing advice. Pick out what means something to me, and forget the details that may add up (I wish my parents had the right kind of yard for a wedding!)
The college I graduated from does have a ballroom, but we spent so many nights there that I didn’t want to associate it with college nights (and all my friends would too!)
And megabrooke… we are honestly doing the same search so we should keep in touch. I’m messaging you now with my school, ideas, etc. Maybe whenever we tour a place, we can let each other know about it. I also just emailed Fruitlands Museum so thank you for letting me know it’s worth it!
Post # 7
As someone who recently got married at the Publick House in Sturbridge, I can definitely reccommend it. There are a few pictures of it in my recap thread, and of course I can answer just about any question you might have. We had a wonderful experience there.
Simplifying a wedding involves just as much planning and forethought as designing a more complicated one — careful management of resources is key, as is working with the right people. Also, ditto to @mightywombat about dropping anything that isn’t important to you. The less “stuff” you have to manage, the easier it is to focus on the rest.
Post # 8
Found this online don’t know if it helps http://voices.yahoo.com/free-wedding-ceremony-sites-central-massachusetts-46686.html?cat=7
I will actually have to plan a wedding in Central MA sometime next year good luck on your search. 🙂
Post # 9
Woohoo! Central MA Bees unite!
Check out the Harding Allen Estate in Barre…also the Sturbridge Host Hotel does it up nice. I LOVED Zukas…my best friend got married there.
Check out the Overlook in Charlton….I visited there and absolutely loved it.
Post # 10
Ah thank you so much for all your great advice!
@BostonBaby: I loved Publick House when we went to visit and it looked perfect for your wedding! We actually said if we had a winter wedding that it would have been our first choice. For our summer wedding, I was a little worried about the tent all in its lonesome in the back in case it started raining. I wish it were at least connected to the indoors. We visited when it was raining which didn’t help. And I completely appreciate the advice about simplifying the wedding – less things to keep track of, less things to pay for 🙂
@Mrs Christopher: Thank you for your help too, that does help. Let me know if you have any questions when you start planning!
@rubybride718: Thanks for your wonderful advice. I think I’m leaning towards Zukas. I liked Overlook too, though my fiance is complaining about it not being outdoors. Is there any option for being outdoors? I can’t find a lot of pictures! And oh, Harding Allen Estate looks so beautiful, but it’s a bit too far from my ceremony. So sad! I also just sent a request for more information from the Sturbridge Host Hotel. Thank you!