Post # 1
Hi all! I got engaged in May, and have been trying to plan ever since. I’d planned on a $10k wedding, which is way harder to keep to than I thought it would be! We are going to be buying a house soon and my fiancé is freaking out about the budget. I’m freaking out a little too, but I did manage to find a reception place for around $6k (yay, me!), then factor in photographer, flowers, do, etc, likely be on budget. Fiancé still freaking out. (We don’t have $10k, and would be paying it gradually, and on credit cards.)
But my questions are – are there any places, in southern mass, that just do a ceremony only, with pretty outdoor scenery? Then we can just do a dinner at a restaurant, and not do a whole reception. (I honestly don’t care about the dancing part.) But then because most of our family and friends are here, that wouldn’t cut down on the guest list, but we’d save money by just doing a dinner. But is just doing a dinner after a wedding not enough??
Anyone ever do a ceremony only wedding in Vegas or Southern California and not spend a lot? Some of the packages in Vegas start out cheap, but then you factor in things like the photos and it tracks on another $1500 or so. If we decided to do a small destination wedding, I would want outdoor mountain or lake views. I started looking at lake mead weddings, but I’ve already ordered my dress and don’t want my train dragging in the dirt, lol!
Help! I feel like I’m all over the place! Any suggestions would be welcome!
Post # 2
I would suggest looking at the parks you can get a spot in a park for really cheap for a ceremony..
also if you don’t want to completely forgo a reception…
this place is really decently priced for either the hall or lounge depending on how many people you will have…
either way, I say def a park for the ceremony!
Post # 3
Yeah… pick a park that is free or cheap. Have a ceremony then do dinner after somewhere.
Post # 4
- Wedding: September 2019 - City, State
Were about in Mass are you looking? I know you said southern but any city in peticular? I’m from Mass.
Post # 5
There is a beautiful venue called Lake Pearl in Wrentham Mass. that does ceremonies for about $750.00 they have a gorgeous boathouse on the lake. You could do just the ceremony there. Google it.
Post # 6
You can get married for the cost of a license.
If you have to put your wedding on a credit card, you really can’t afford it. Even having access to the money outright does not mean it is a responsible use of funds.
Unless you are eloping, a destination wedding only shifts the costs to your guests and puts the venue and view ahead of people. I’d save that part for a honeymoon and would find a free or inexpensive public park, courthouse, or justice of the peace near you or one of your families, then take an intimate group to dinner. Of course you don’t need to have dancing. Or do a simple cake and punch, dessert reception, backyard picnic or BBQ.
Post # 7
What if you get married at a courthouse or city hall followed by a family dinner style reception at a restaurant with a nice outdoor view? Many small towns in NE have gorgeous little historic building spaces and the advantage with a restaurant is you aren’t paying for all the add ons- restaurants have chairs and silverware and liquor licenses and liability insurance and table cloths.
In LA a lot of people get married at Beverly Hills city hall.
Post # 8
We got married at a park and had a restaurant reception. We came in under $10k in the NYC area for about 30 guests. That budget even includes the hotel rooms for my family (total of 4 rooms for 3 nights) and their attire as well.
Post # 9
so this isn’t letting me reply to comments, so let’s see if this works! Venue – am looking anywhere between Fall River to the west, wareham to the east, and as far north as bridgewater. I did look at lake pearl in Wrentham – loved it and they actually turned out to be second cheapest. But they do not do ceremony only weddings (I asked).
It seems silly i know, but having a pretty wedding means a lot to me… it’s suppsed to be the most beautiful day of your life, and as some one who has never felt beautiful, I want that one day! Shallow, I know!
Have started looking at some local parks. Fingers crossed! My only worry with that is that if it rains, there is no backup plan!
Post # 10
I would try and find a small town with a gazebo in a park or near the water you can rent for your ceremony space.
My wedding was on the water in a gazebo in my town and it cost me 25.00 to rent it for 3 hours! All I had to do was pay for my officiant which I found on wedding wire.
The pictures were beautiful with the water in the background!
Post # 11
- Wedding: July 2019 - Southampton, UK
Borderland State Park in Easton allows weddings and has a beautiful site outside of the Ames Mansion.