(Closed) Help! Need to find wedding venue around $2K!

posted 6 years ago in Venue
Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

Sorry, I’m from Philly but I moved away a long time ago and can’t offer specific suggestions! But from what I’ve learned from wedding planning, here are a few tips:

1) Check The Knot’s local resources – they have venue reviews, and you might be able to get a list of venues. Also check Weddingwire for reviews. They have been pretty true-to-life so far, with all of our vendors!

2) Have you thought of doing the wedding at a park? (local, state, or national park?) A park might have picnic tables which could save you a lot of money for renting table and chairs. It could also have plenty of free parking, which is a huge plus – we’re getting married at a rustic venue in the country but they still have mandatory valet parking, so that is costing us a couple hundred dollars. There are tons of parks in my area where you can get married for free or for a very small cost; you could use the money you saved to rent tables and linens, or for any other part of the wedding budget.

3) Fall in NJ/PA should be beautiful! (it looks like you’re getting married in October?) Just remember that if you do have an outdoor wedding at a vineyard, farm, park, etc. there is the risk of bad weather so you need a back-up plan. If your back-up is renting a tent, make sure you can squeeze that cost into your budget. Tents can be expensive. But if you know anyone in entertainment or who works for a rental company, you may be able to get a discount.

4) If you are on a really tight budget, you may want to consider how the cost of alcohol would affect your budget for a wedding at a vineyard. If I were a guest at a wedding at a vineyard, I would expect to drink some wine during the reception, and if the vineyard only offers pricey wine this could bust your budget. So when you check out venues make sure you check out things like that!

5) I would definitely scope out venues now, but you may not be able to book the venue until a little sooner to your wedding. Some vendors don’t book more than a year or a year and a half out. But that’s great in terms of you guys having lots of time to plan ahead and do your research!

Post # 6
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227 posts
Helper bee

Colonial Dames or Lemon Hill Mansion are good options in that range! Are you wanting food to be included in the $2k, or just the venue? I’m looking in that area, too. 

Post # 7
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

Pity you aren’t closer to Central PA, there is a vineyard, that has a beautiful deck (it’s brand new, and the vines are JUST starting that by your wedding, should be beautiful and huge) that offers the venue for $700! Granted, there is no indoor element, but the deck does have a roof and fans, lots of room for seating and dancing…

Post # 9
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

@kristinlforeman:  As long as he hasn’t changed his prices (my caterer works with him, and LOVES working at that vineyard) .. anyway.. its called BuddyBoy Vineyard, its in Marysville, they have a facebook page (I would post it, but I can’t, I’m at work.. no FB) but look them up, I think they have some pictures of the dinners and stuff they do there up, also, the owner’s son just got married there not too long ago… There may be pictures of that up now.. Lemme know what ya think! If ya want, I can talk to my caterer (his food is surperb, and he’s a small business *I’m all about supporting small businesses*)

Post # 11
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

@kristinlforeman:  WOO HOO! It’s a beautiful place, it just wasn’t for us, we went with another place (same caterer) the Caterer (his name is Steve) also has a FB for his business, its called Mountainside Supper Club LLC. (I cannot say enough wonderful things about his food, it’s so good, he catered the governors ball *when he worked with JDK*)

Post # 14
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

@kristinlforeman:  EEP! Hotels might be tricky, being that it is on the side of a mountain, in Perry County, but you are about 20-30 minutes from Harrisburg city there, also, Newville isn’t far away I don’t think.. Your best bet would most likely be in the city (or near by) I know there are some nicer hotels in Lemoyne which may be a tad closer (and probably cheaper/not in Harrisburg city)

Post # 15
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Newbee
  • Wedding: November 2013

APOLOGIZING NOW FOR THE LONG POST : Worth Reading Though! 🙂

I booked the Gables in Chadds Ford for 10/26/2013 and I couldn’t be happier! I can give you a run down of the current prices if you want ( but as always, they can go up? *disclaimer so they dont ring my neck if they read this! lol)

I am absolutely in LOVE with it there! PLEASE trust me when I say I have SEARCHED HIGH AND LOW in and out of everywhere that is rustic/barn/country and this is by far the cheapest place!

I am also paying for our wedding by ourselves.. so I get how you’re feeling! I have looked at every barn/barn-looking place in the tri-state area (literally) and this is the only place we could afford. This “theme” is EXPENSIVE.  The type of venue you (and I) want are ALL so expensive :/

Anyway…. So i booked and they only require 300.00 to hold your date and prices! The menu is amazing and I just did my tasting last saturday and the food was soooo good! The venue fee is 500 for the room for a saturday (Friday & Sunday is 400). The food per person ranges from chicken at 35/pp to most expensive filet migeon at 42/pp. (kids are only 12.00)  Alcohol you have a few options… Either open bar, open bar-beer & wine, by comsumption, or by comsumption-beer,wine & signature drink (which this last option cuts out all the expensive liquor! with still giving some kind of a liquor based drink other then beer and wine)…. soooo.. needless to say, I am doing BY CONSUMPTION-beer, wine & signature drink. I have a guest list of 75 and only about 45 will be drinking. so this will save you a lot. and on top of that you can also put a “cap” on it where you would like to stop paying for it like at 500.00 then it would become cash bar.. This is MUCH cheaper then an open bar.

Let me just say… this is THE MOST flexible place I have also found. They let you decorate virtually however you want, tweak the menu if you want, and pick the kind of bar you want. They include linens, china, drinkware, etc.. They also decorate the place ALL over with candles in mason jars, etc. They definately give you a lot for your money compared to other places. Most places I have found charge you 10,000 for reception, this place is half!!

soo… I paid saturday fee 500.00 plus an average p.p. fee of 36.00 x approx 68 adults, 12.00 x 7 kids, and bar cap of 700.00 I am looking at a total of approx: $4,700 (with taxes and gratuity!!)  BELIEVE ME, this is way cheaper then any other place you’ll ever find unless you do a fire hall. and it’s beautiful too! oh, and i’m not getting married there but they have a pretty outdoors space as well with a waterfall wall! you should definately check it out!

anyway, my fingers hurt lol … hope this all helps!!

Post # 16
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Newbee
  • Wedding: October 2011

if your willing to travel bogeys club and cafe…I just had my wedding there and they work with your budget and the food is phenomenal!

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