Post # 1
Hi Bees! I recently got engaged and found this fabulous website – I’m addicted 🙂 My fiance and I are in the process of choosing a venue, and I could use some help.
Our families are both from the Phildelphia area, and most of our friends live up and down the East Coast. We’d like to keep the wedding on this side of the U.S., but we LOVE the “California-style” vibe of weddings we’ve seen. (A relaxed atmosphere, gorgeous scenery, natural elements, close to the coast.) If I could fly to Cali and get married, I would, but it’s really important for us to make things as easy as possible for our family and friends (and my father doesn’t fly.)
Any ideas on an East Coast venue that might give us the feel we’re looking for?
Post # 3
- Wedding: March 2010 - Calamigos Ranch
Welcome! You might try posting this on the local boards, too; you might get more specific advice that way!
Post # 4
I don’t know about Philadelphia but we are having our reception on the beach (well there’s a building and a large deck with a tent because east coast weather is not perfect). Have you considered even renting a beach house and doing a tented reception in the yard?
Post # 5
What about a vineyard wedding? There are some that I found in the Southern NJ area.
Post # 6
I guess it depends on how far you’re willing to travel. Lots of places at the Jersey shore! We just had one on LBI last weekend, but other popular places are Cape May,Atlantic City,Ocean City…..everyone would still be travelling,but not flying.
You can probably do it less expensively in Southern NJ than farther up the coast.
Post # 7
You could try one of the vinyards in south eastern CT, or if you want the coast try the mansions at Harkness or Avery Point. Aside from the setting/scenery, the vibe really comes from the details (the wording/style of the invites, the people you invite (i.e. not every person you/your parents have ever met), the food, the music, and the decorations).
Post # 8
Good points, all! I’ve seen a couple of vineyards in the NJ area, but none that really struck my fancy. We’re willing to travel pretty much anywhere – as far south as South Carolina, as far north as Maine.
I’m trying to avoid spots in Jersey – been to waaayy too many weddings there, and would like something a little different.