Venue help please

posted 3 years ago in Venue
Post # 3
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365 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2013 - The Fox Hill Inn

@jay2015:  

I don’t know of any specific websites that show you what venues accept offsite catering, but often times if you have a catering company you know you’d like to work with they can tell you what venues they’ve worked at before which can help you find venues.

I haven’t personally used this company before, but I have heard good things about them. They list some venues they’ve worked with in the past in Connecticut, Westchester and NYC on their website which might help with your search. (And they helpfully have a photos!) http://marciaselden.com/venues/

Post # 5
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7531 posts
Bumble Beekeeper

@jay2015:  What else can you tell us about what you are looking for in a venue? What price range? What style of venue are you looking for? Indoor? Outdoor? How many people do you expect to attend?  That’s also a very large area. If you narrow it down, maybe we could help make suggestions.

Post # 7
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7531 posts
Bumble Beekeeper

@jay2015:  Oh, Albany, NY.  Okay, I will see what I can find! Ok, indoor for both ceremony and reception.  Is there a reason for wanting a hotel-lots of out of town guests?  I will send you a PM with a contender! Also, my daughter’s wedding cost $5K so I am great at coming up with budget ideas.  So if you want help with that, I’m up for it. 🙂

Post # 8
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1103 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

Weird, every time I priced off site catering it was pricier, because in general I also needed plates, cutlery etc and they charged all kinds of extra fees. 

Post # 12
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546 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

@jay2015:  If you start looking at Rochester let me know!  I have a lot of research on non-tradtional sites (ie less expensive).  We had 35 guests, but our venue would hold 3x’s that for a sit down dinner.  We catered through Wegmans, food was awesome and reasonable compared to the catering quotes we got, and we just hired servers. 

Don’t look for “wedding” venues as that tend to jack the prices up.  Look up professional and social organizations like the Woman’s Club of Albany  Even if a place doesn’t advertise rentals it doesn’t hurt to ask.  Also look at B&B’s, community theatre organizations, art galleries, and not-for-profits.  Sometimes these types of organizations have beautiful spaces, but not the manpower to advertise renting and could use the revenue and might negotiate fees.

 

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