Venue help in NJ/NY/PA – feeling sad and defeated

posted 3 years ago in Venue
Post # 2
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

 

zola87:   I’m in NJ – do you want a campground, or would you be open to a winery?  When is your wedding?  

Post # 3
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

zola87:  I went to a wedding there over the past summer and I can’t believe they charge so much! definitely NOT worth it. The food was terrible – like you couldn’t eat it/ not sure what it was even suppose to be, service was spotty (one bartender at the cocktail hour for 200+ ppl), the “cabins” they say you can stay in are just so ridiculously “rustic” with mice and critters – not something I would ever be ok letting my guests stay in not to mention the bathroom are in another building? what happens if it rains? you have to go outside and cross the mud rushing down the hill in your gown?

 

Post # 7
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2015

zola87:  

Maybe Merion Tribute House? It’s on City Line Ave right outside of Philly. They let you supply your own catering and alochol. They have a gorgeous front lawn with a very pretty front porch area for cocktails and they inside is very pretty as well.

Not sure what the price is now for Sweetwater Farms, but that has outdoor and indoor space also.

Also, White Chimneys in Lanacster, PA has outdoor/indoor space and I know they allow outside catering as well.

For an actual campsite, maybe try Appel Farm in NJ? I know they run a summer camp there and have all the bunks right there.

Post # 8
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2015

zola87:  I live in nj and I know a ton of place that have good food and their price won’t kill you I can help you if you want 

what’s the minimum you want to pay 

Post # 9
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

zola87:  Is Lancaster, PA too far out of your way? We’re getting married at Riverdale Manor there, and they’ve been wonderful so far. Plus, they let you bring your own alcohol and pretty much customize your menu to fit your budget. The grounds are on the Conestoga River, and the main hall is actually a refurbed barn, which is connected to a farmhouse where the bridal party can get ready. It was the perfect mix of rustic and modern for us 🙂 Also, they work with two local hotels who will provide shuttles to and from the ceremony/reception for guests!

Post # 10
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Newbee
  • Wedding: April 2014

You could try Twin Lakes Lodge in the Catskills. They don’t have a barn, but they do have a really pretty open pavillion that overlooks a small lake. I went to visit in January, unfortunately, but I could tell even then that in the summer it would be beautiful!

They have rooms on-site, and the place definitely has a summer-camp feel to it. One warning though–the insides of the rooms are outdated, and if you happen to have a horrible horrible weather day and have to move inside, that room is a bit dated, too. But I think it would be worth taking a look!

http://www.twinlakeslodge.com/weddings-in-upstate-ny/

Post # 12
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Newbee
  • Wedding: April 2014

zola87:  You could also look into David’s Country Inn in Hackettstown, NJ. That’s where I’m getting married next month! It definitely doesn’t have the typical catering-hall feel, which is exactly what I was trying to steer clear of, too! It’s a super charming reconverted stagecoach in built in the 1800s, and they also do have a ballroom for the main dinner hour. But even that is really charming and not at all your typical Jersey banquet hall with the marble accents and crazy chandeliers. It should definitely fit in your budget! I also looked at Lake Mohawk Country Club in Andover–also nice!

Post # 13
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

Skytop lodge in the Poconos?

Post # 14
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2015

zola87:  Another place I just thought of: The Mansion at Ridley Creek State Park. They also have outside/inside venue space. Again, not sure if it’s too far. I think they’re supposed to be very affordable, though.

What areas of PA/NJ/NY are you looking at? It might help us help you!

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