Post # 1
My Fiance and I are getting Married in 2016 but I’ve started started the hunt for a wedding venue early as I know it is going to be a challenge to find one in my budget.
I live just outside Boston so I’d like to stay in the area, however I’d be willing to look at venues on the NH border – trying to stay with in 1 hr 15 minutes of home. We are inviting about 75 guests.
Any suggestions for wedding venues under $1,500 for the site fee (ceremony on site too)? We are also willing to look at packages that we can get site fee, food, bar, etc. that stay around $75-80/guest. We looked at the Habitat – part of Mass Audubon Society in Belmont, Ma and absolutely loved the small, intimate garden feel, but I think the rental fee is too much ($2800 for site, tables, chairs). Any suggestions???? Thanks!
Post # 2
kspeikers: I’m getting married at the Adams Inn in Quincy. It’s a best western, but the outdoor gazebo and tent overlooking the Neponset River is really cool. I think it’s the most affordable venue on the south shore. It’s worth checking out!
Post # 3
That seems really reasonable for site/chairs/tables especially if it includes the ceremony. I’m getting married on Cape Cod and I was thrilled to find venues in the $1500-2500 range only to find out that they had additional charges for EVERYTHING. . .chairs, tables, ceremony fee, ceremony chairs, their on-site coordinator, additional restrooms, on-site kitchen use, parking attendants, rented dance floor. . . I settled on a venue that charged $3500 without any additional charges.
Your best bet will probably be off season or non-Saturday (or both). Maybe try the Willowdale Estate, Lyman Estate, Codman Estate/Barn, or Crane Estate. If you don’t mind going more rustic, there are a lot of camps that host weddings, but there are a whole slew of other fees that go along with a more rustic setting as they may not have the structures/restrooms/rentals that you need.
Post # 4
Try the Rockport Art Association – $1500 for the site fee (reception & ceremony). While it doesn’t include tables and chairs, you can choose from 4 caterers at different price points and bring in your own alcohol, which brings down costs.
Post # 5
Are you opposed to a restaurant? We had ours at Dante in Cambridge and there was a really reasonable minimum. We had ours during the day but I think even in the evening it shouldn’t be outside your budget. Plus, no rentals or anything. They were awesome to work with. PM me if you’d like the coordinator’s contact info.
Post # 6
I don’t think that is a terrible rental price for a typical wedding venue, especially if it includes chairs and is during normal wedding season. Here’s a few places that came to my mind, but most will probably be similar in cost. Arlington Town Hall ($2800), Commander’s mansion ($350 an hour off season, 4 hour minimum), Harbor Room in Gloucester ($2000 peak, $1600 off) Atlantica in Cohasset ( The Yacht landing room holds 80).
The caterer we used just partnered with this vineyard ( https://www.facebook.com/WillowSpringVineyards#!/WillowSpringVineyards/photos_stream). For catering, we paid about $60/pp and that was for a LOT of food, I’m sure you could get a menu for less. I’m not sure what the rental fee is though.
Post # 7
I got married at the Henderson House in Weston, MA. I had about 90 guests and it was great for a small intimate feel. I did a package with the food, cake, rentals ect., so I’m not sure anymore what the breakdown per person was, but the women we worked with there were really lovely. http://thehendersonhouse.net/
Post # 8
i’m getting married at the Coachmens Lodge in Bellingham. Doesn’t look like much from the outside but inside is nice and the back where they do ceremonies is so gorgeous. No site fee, no cake cutting fee, and no bartender fee, you just pay for food and alcohol and ceremony.
Post # 9
The Kaleva Club in Littleton. They have a nice facility in the woods on a lake with a deck. Tables and chairs included, very reasonable pricing.
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I’m in the same boat as you, and am having similar struggles. We don’t want anything over the top, but base prices for venues seem much higher than I anticipated. Just sending you some support and good luck!
Post # 12
kspeikers: I have no idea what the site fee was (or if there was one), but my cousin got married at the Danversport Yacht Club and I am pretty sure the package she went with was within or very close to your budget. It was a really pretty spot, too and she had a really good experience with the people she worked with there.
Post # 13
- Wedding: Loon Lake Lodge, Lakeville, MA
I am having my wedding at Loon Pond Lodge in Lakeville. For the rental fee, it was $200 sec deposit and $500ish for the room and I fell in love with the room.
Post # 14
Like LibrarianBride, I am also getting married at a restaurant. We are getting married at Central Bistro in Downtown Crossing. There is no site fee, just a food and beverage minimum. And, you don’t really have to decorate much since the restaurant is already nicely decorated. Plus, there is no need to deal with outside caterers, and no rentals necessary!