Outdoor wedding: choosing a venue, what would you do?

posted 3 years ago in Venue
  • poll: Which would you pick? (Please read/skim my post before voting!)
    Wedding in our fields at home : (7 votes)
    41 %
    Wedding at the summer camp grounds : (10 votes)
    59 %
    Other? : (0 votes)
  • Post # 4
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    567 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: November 2013

    @Creiddylad:  I know this sounds really dumb but when I get in a situation like this I make a pros and cons list. Sometimes seeing it on paper allows you to clarify in your mind what is most important. It also sounds like you are really really wanting those beautiful blossoming trees so if that is a “must have” in regards to your vision then I would keep that in mind! They both sound like great ideas and I am sure would both be very beautiful!

    Post # 5
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    965 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: January 2014

    I didn’t make it past the first paragraph but to answer a few things:

    1. Yes they have tent heaters and I saw them for about $100 each at a rental place near me.

    2. I have been to a wedding at someone’s home with the trailor toilets and they were fine, however, it rained…a lot. We had to tredge through the mud and puddles to get to them and it was annoying.

    3. I would research and price out each option completely (with tent, chairs, heater, toilets) and see what the price difference is. It may not be much, or it may be a lot.

    4. Some caterers will have a hard time not having a facility. Make sure that you can find a caterer within your budget who can cater without an industrial kitchen.

    Post # 6
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    567 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: November 2013

    @Creiddylad:  I also really loved the idea of getting married on your own property, that is a pretty special thing to be able to do 🙂

    Post # 8
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    3618 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: October 2013

    @Creiddylad:  

    EDIT: Out of the options you have, I would choose the camp grounds (depending if the price is right!) 

     

    Post # 9
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    567 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: November 2013

    @Creiddylad:  Well I think you are on the right track! Get your costs nailed down so you can compare to other venues. I loved our chapel because it was all inclusive (which made for a very stress free day!) The wedding planners did everything. Compare your costs for an outdoor wedding and other venues around you to see where you really stand budget wise and always make sure you are getting the most out of your money! My mom and I did pretty extensive research on everything that we purchased including the venue. I wish you the best 🙂

    Post # 10
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    1881 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: October 2014

    @Creiddylad:  Start making calls o find out the cost. As you plan your wedding you’ll end up realizing that everything wil come down to cost AND how much something is worth it to you. The camp sounds like the best bet – but who knows, it could be 10x more then you want to spend. 

    Post # 11
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    511 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: June 2013

    I would make a list of everything you need to hire and check the cost of those and the summer camp venue. It may be that hiring marquees/toilets/etc. makes your venue more expensive than you would think. When you have all the information you can make a final decision.

    Post # 12
    Member
    873 posts
    Busy bee

    It sounds like it really depends on the cost of the summer camp. I can tell you this, i got married in our own orchard and i absolutely love that every single day i get to see the spot we got married. it meant so much to us to be doing it on our own land.

    Post # 13
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    6034 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: October 2014

    I’d go with the camp grounds, hands down. There are a lot of challenges with having a reception at a private home: the bathroom situation, as you mentioned (the nicer port-a-potty trailers are not cheap, and no matter how many you rent, you’re still going to get long bathroom lines for the indoor facilities); parking; landscaping before the event; trash removal (even if you have to clean up after your reception at the campgrounds, you’ll at least have a dumpster to put everything in… at home, you’ll have to  borrow trash cans from every neighbor around and still have bags of trash left out for critters to munch on); ice preparation and storage; catering facilities; a PA system and power to run it on; and so much more.  That’s not to say it can’t be done— lots of people do weddings on their own private land— it’s just a hell of a lot more work, and in the long run often more expensive than renting the venue. 

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