(Closed) Cheap venue for a small wedding

posted 7 years ago in Dallas
Post # 3
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Buzzing bee

Hi, I sent you a PM with some places you might want to check out! 

Post # 4
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

Hey… My wedding and reception are going to be around 50 people, and we’re doing it at a state park.  The state park has a chapel, as well as a lodge inside it, so my family is staying at the lodge for the weekend, and we’re doing the reception in a private dining room.  It’s not super duper cheap, but it’s been pretty modestly priced. 

We’re getting married at Custer State Park in South Dakota.  Look for state parks in your area, that’s my suggestion.

Post # 5
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

We looked into Times Ten Cellar in Dallas. Their max capacity is I think 75 people. Our wedding would have been too big but I still have their rate sheet. PM me if you are interested in seeing their prices.

Post # 6
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

There’s a great thread here:

Unique Dallas Venues

with links to-off-the-beaten-path wedding locations.  I second the suggestion for Times Ten; I actually booked my reception at their Fort Worth location.

Good luck!

Post # 7
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Buzzing bee

Maybe these will help you or somebody else in the Dallas area:

This is what I found/ googled in /near Dallas

Filter Building @ White Rock Lake

Texas Womens University Little Chapel in the Woods

Third Space Art Gallery

Earle-Harrison House and Pope Gardens

The Queen Ann House

2616 Commerce Place

Christopher Martin Gallery

Ten Times Cellar

Cool River Cafe Las Colinas, Tx

 

 

Post # 8
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Wannabee
  • Wedding: April 2011

We are having our ceremony/reception at Eden Hill Farm and Vineyard in Celina. It’s beautiful, the couple who lives there is so sweet.. and there is even a property behind the vineyard with a big red barn.  I’ve searched high and low for a venue with a red barn, so when we visited I got really excited.

It’s only $150/hr, but they let you set up the night before for free, which I thought was really nice. You bring your own caterer and alcohol, and they said that Sonny Bryans will do bbq for $11/pp. They told us we could bring our own bartender too as long as they are tabc certified. We’ll probably have one of Myles’ friends do it for us. They have tables/chairs/linens.. but I’m not a fan of the chairs, so we’ll probably have to hire an event company to bring in those white wooden wedding chairs. Almost all of their info is on the website.

I would say that the only downside is that it’s not closer to Dallas, bc we have a lot of friends that live closer to downtown.. It’s also in the country, so there aren’t any hotels close if your guests drink too much.

http://www.edenhill.com

 

Post # 9
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

I don’t know how you feel about this, but the El Fenix restaurant downtown has a lovely rooftop terrace overlooking the city which is adjacent to a room with plenty of space for sitting and eating (and it has a bar).  I shot a rehearsal dinner there awhile back and it was great.  It’s not the most wedding-y place but you’d save a lot of money on the food/venue rental so you could splurge a little on decor to dress it up.

Aldredge House on Swiss Avenue is stunning and is great for small, intimate weddings.  It’s a little pricier (you have to use Food Glorious Food for catering – their prices are reasonable) but they have a stunning ceremony garden and room for an outdoor or indoor rception.  Ryan Manor is similar – it’s a mansion off of Mockingbird that’s very private and lovely, but it’s pretty much entirely outdoors.

You might also consider a B&B in either historic McKinney or north Denton.  If you’re willing to travel there are TONNNNS of them, I bet you could get a great deal.

Post # 10
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Bumble bee

Have you looked at Vacation Rentals in your area? Many of them are luxury estates that will allow for a one-day event to be held at the property. Good websites are http://www.vrbo.com or http://www.homeaway.com. With these places you’ll have to do everything yourself but maybe you can use the savings towards a coordinator that can help you. Just a thought!

Post # 11
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

I used Firewheel Golf Park’s Tournament Pavilion for ours. We had more like 80 guests, a budget of $5000 (we came in under budget, actually, and I’ve recouped a lot of even that cost by selling things on craigslist), and had both our ceremony and reception at the venue. They provide chairs and tables. You can rent linens from them, but I’d recommend buying some and reselling them – it’s cheaper. They also cater (you have to use them as your caterer), and their prices are pretty comparable to any other caterer I looked into. It’s basically a huge building with the main “wall” open toward a large patio that has 2 giant bur oaks coming up through 2 holes. Many other trees surround the patio. There are prettier venues, to be sure – the building and patio is mostly a lot of concrete, but the view and the trees are beautiful. Definitely worth a look at least. Here’s a picture of part of the patio on my wedding day. Those are the chairs that are included in your rental.

 

Post # 12
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: March 2011 - Samuel Lynne Galleries and Marc Events

JJay – Is the $5000 just for the space? Or are you trying to get the reception food/drinks for that price as well? Let me know, and I can tell you a little more about the places I went and looked at. Are you looking for a space that’s a little more modern or traditional? 

Let me know a little more and I can try to tell you about the places I saw.

Post # 13
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Newbee
  • Wedding: December 2011

omg! well i have been looking for cheap venues but its hard to find because of my wedding date being a holiday and my fiance wanting different hours…but maybe you havent came upon on WINFREY PARK AT WHITE ROCK LAKE they only have venue tours on wednesday morning and is about i may be mistaken..150 an hr minimum 4 hours but out and clean by midnight …that cant be beat…but good luck…

Post # 14
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Helper bee

@JJay: Try the Mansion of Cedar Hill or Na’Kayshions (this was on Four Weddings). Their both in Cedar Hill but pretty nice for the price.

Post # 15
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Newbee

Try Frisco Heritage Center, I fell in love with that place. I’m getting married there and its the cheapest one i found without many restrictions. 

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