Post # 1
Hello Ladies 🙂
I have just started planning my wedding and I am having the venue finding blues 🙁 We are searching for a rustic venue in southeast Michigan. I have been looking nonstop for about a month now and I am having a really hard time finding the right place. The problem: our buget. We are paying for our own wedding and have a strict buget of $10,000 for the whole wedding, which is starting to feel unrealistic. We plan on getting married in Spring/Summer 2014 and will have about 150 guests. We love a rustic, outdoor feel, and we are hoping to find a venue where we can have our ceremony as well as our reception all in one place.
I love the look of Misty Farms in Ann Arbor, but I started doing the math, and it eats up our buget really fast. Tollgate Farms is nice too, but I have heard it is difficult to get permission to serve alcohol on the premises. I have also looked into Red Tail Farms and the barn at Cobblestone in Ann Arbor.
Is there any where else with a rustic feel on a buget that anyone can think of? I am starting to feel desperate, lol. I really don’t want to give up on my dream of a rustic wedding, but our buget is killing it. Any help would be much appreciated.
Post # 3
Hey! Look at some of the Washtenaw County parks! Also some of the Metroparks as well! There are a few that have nice shelters that you can rent for almost nothing. My DH and I almost did that, but we ended up opting to rent the Belle Isle Casino instead. I can’t specificlally remember anymore which ones though… (Which is also dirt cheap, beautiful, and vintage but I wouldn’t really call it rustic ; )
I also seriously looked at some of the rental options at the Umich Botanical Gardens as well – also seemed super nice, but I’m not sure that’s what you’re looking for.
Keep in mind, though, that a lot of the cheaper spaces you can rent also means that you have to bring in your own chairs, tables, food, heaters etc. It CAN still save you money, but it won’t necessarily. (For us, it ended up being really worth it but we DIY’ed pretty much everything.)
Post # 4
I was in your same position, and I ended up going with Cobblestone, pretty much for the convienence of it. However, here are some other places I found.
http://www.threecedarsfarm.org/index.asp as I recall they don’t allow alcohol.
http://erwinorchards.com/wordpress/country-barn-rentals/ I don’t they allow it either
There’s a place called Octagon Barn somewhere too, I don’t have the link handy though.
Post # 5
@jlk2014: I’m sure you have but just wondering if you found the rustic barn you were looking for?
Post # 5
We are having ours at Indian Springs Metropark! Gorgeous venue!! Let me know if you need further info 🙂