Post # 1
I’m looking for a venue in New England (MA, CT, RI, NH, or ME) for a Fall 2011 wedding, ideally in October or November. I want something really simple, that I use as a backdrop to decorate to my liking. I’m also looking to spend no more than $50 a person. So I could go for a venue with in-house catering, or outside. Anyone have any ideas? Most places I look either are overly ornate (ugly carpet, wallpaper, etc) or over priced!! I’d love some suggestions!
Post # 3
@doterin: I like you wanted a simple fall wedding and had the hardest time finding a venue in New England that would accomodate that. Of course there were some that I fell in love with but I didn’t want to spend a good portion of my budget on just a venue. That all changed when I found the Meeting House in Tiverton, RI. and our wedding will be there in Sept. 2011. They have a website, with pictures and details. Hope this helps!
Post # 4
What about the Public House in Sturbridge? Kindaof old fashion but they have a permant tent outside that is really nice, and it would fit in your price range.
Post # 5
When I was considering getting married up there we looked at Goddard State Park in Rhode Island. It’s pretty cheap and it seems like a nice setting (although I’ve never been there in person). Here’s a link.
Post # 6
I’m having my reception at The Coastal House in Wells, ME. The have a package called the Savvy Bride where you can have your ceremony and reception on the site. They have their own chef so they take care of the food. The also decorate. The savvy bride includes a buffet AND your wedding cake (which they contract out for to Let the Eat Cake). All this, and I’m spending $51 a person.
Post # 7
@carriejuly: I’m getting married at the Publick House! I don’t think “old-fashioned” is quite the term; it’s an historic 18th-century inn with hardwood floors, exposed beams, and many fireplaces. It’s reasonably priced, and thus far my experiences with the planning staff have been great. The food — oh MAN the food!! — is wonderful. Ours is a brunch, and they’re well-known for their in-house bakery, but everything they serve is made fresh.
@doterin: When you say “simple” do you mean a sort of four-white-walls country club as a blank canvas, or just nothing ballroom-y and busy? The PH doesn’t need much decor, and assuming your wedding is in November, the outdoor tent wouldn’t be a good idea. If you’re looking to totally personalize a more blank space, try a country club (Quincy, MA has the Tavern at Granite Links for example) or some of the hotels in Maine (they tend to be open, airy, and less expensive in the off-season).
Post # 8
How about the Boat House in Hartford, CT. It’s really simple and beautiful. It’s sits on a street by it’self away from everything. It sits right on the water surrounded by beautiful trees and woods. The inside is very simple and has a rustic but still classy feel. It also has decks and patios outside. I know that they have packages that are $59.95, but they advertise they can be lower on Fridays and Sundays. They have a few different outside caterers that they work with. http://www.riverfront.org/boathouse/photo_gallery/
Post # 9
@BostonBaby: I’m getting married there too! I did wanna seem like a self promotion though!! lol! It is great and very excited!