Post # 1
I have been doing research on venues within an hour or so of Boston, preferably Northshore (family in Salem) though looking at any place that fits these general requirements! I’m using WeddingSpot, Knot, WeddingWire, etc. and then visiting the venue for real pricing and tour, so many to go through and I haven’t been to many weddings in the area! I would appreciate any suggestions. 🙂
Here’s the wants:
- ~120 to 130 people
- September 2019
- Outdoor ceremony, indoor reception (tent ok if with access to bathroom facilities)
- Open bar or ability to BYOB (FI insists on this!)
- Total wedding budget I hope to keep at or under 20K, with estimates of $60pp for food, and $25pp for drinks
- Include coordinator, setup, breakdown, and potentially cake/flowers/minor decor in wedding packages offered
I’m not sure if I’m being unrealistic?
So far I have checked out the Tirrell Room http://www.thetirrellroom.com/ in Quincy which had almost everything on my list and offered additional wedding services in a package of 50pp that would include flowers, escort cards, DJ, etc. They priced out at 73pp for food and gave me a good estimate of 16K for venue + food without alcohol or the comprehensive package (would be additional ~11K with both). With all, it would come out to 26K which is more than budget but still better than other estimates online.
I also have on my list:
I’m not super keen on managing vendors by myself, but also have considered more DIY venues to potentially save costs like:
I know everyone says cut down on the guest list – thinking about this as last resort but the other problem I’ve come across is that many places have a minimium spend, so it doesn’t really make a difference based on the fact you can’t get the venue for less.
Post # 2
Don’t have any real suggestions but am following b/c I live in Hudson.
I really like the Cape- what about the Truro vineyard?
Post # 3
Andover Country club. We had 140 people (consumption bar, not open), but I think it was only $11 or $12k for the food portion ($30-35/head for meal, appetizer, and cocktail hour) including 1k for bar (we didnt have a lot of big drinkers). And open bar I think was $25/head. (this was 7 years ago though so it might have gone up a bit)
Post # 4
@pinkshoes Exactly the type of venue I’m looking for, thank you!!! I will schedule something with them, and it helps so much to have everything in one place. It also looks so beautiful! 🙂
Post # 5
I was nervous about managing vendors on my own but you do have to keep in mind with the more DIY venues most vendors have experience working in these places and places like Codman and Lyman estates have their own people who have done weddings.
I got married at the Paine Estate in Waltham. My sister and I did the centerpieces, escorts cards and guest book ourselves. The caterer took care of all the set up and breakdown of tables and decorative items. We were able to byob which was huge. We did have to attend a town meeting to get a one day liquor license which is $250. All in, our bar bill for 55 people (license, bartender, beer, wine and soft drinks) was just under 1k. The place we purchased the liqour from delivered everything cold and ready to go and the bartender provided all glasses, ice and garnishes. They also take back any unopened bottles.
I think it’s worth running the numbers on all inclusive vs more diy and also deciding if the all inclusive gives you more peace of mind which could make it worthwhile.
Post # 7
I got married at the Saphire Estate just about 2 years ago – their prices are definitely reasonble, and they were willing to work with us to get a package that met our needs. Our budget was a bit bigger, but we were also hosting around 220 and wanted a lot of “extras.” We also did a semi-open bar ish: we put down 5k towards an open bar by consumption, and asked them to let us know when we got close. We were going to choose then whether to put more money down or go to cash (per my MIL’s suggestion), but we ended up not needing to – we got about $300 refunded, and we defnitely had a crowd of heavy drinkers. Something to consider so your guests can have a great experience but you won’t spend more than you have to.
In either case, they were great to work with, and we loved their wedding coordinator. Plus, the venus itself is lovely and will fit the number you’re looking at really well. I highly recommend just going to talk to them, be very frank about your budget and what you’re looking for specifically, and see what the proposals look like from there. We were shocked that they were actually so much less expensive than all of the other venues we had gone to look at, and ultimately it was a great decision – we’re still hearing nice things about our wedding (and especially the food) to this day. If you have any other questions, feel free to ask. 🙂 And good luck!
(Sorry if this shows up multiple times, I have no idea what my computer is doing right now….)
Post # 7
@pussinboots83 Thanks, I’ve read a lot about Gordon’s policies and that’s a super great point about the advantage of using vendors who have worked in the space before and can be accommodating!
@newenglandinmay Yes, we just attended a fabulous wedding there and I told Fiance that it had already been on my list. He’s a bit reluctant because he doesn’t want to “copy” the other couple in our friend group, but can’t hurt to ask for estimates and see if it changes his mind. I particularly liked how they are upfront in what it includes.
Post # 8
If you havent found anything yet check out Ipswich country club. I will be getting married their in October and they are very reasonable. It will be about $88pp for 5 hrs open bar, 3 passed hors doeuvres and a plated dinner.
Post # 9
tulipbee : check out the Estate at Moraine Farm in zbeverly and the Smith Barn at Brooksby Farm in Peabody.
Post # 10
@ashleyc123 That sounds great! I definitely will put them on the list, and yes, still looking, so thank you so much!
@burntorangeskies Thanks! I had heard of them but put them off my list because it sounded more DIY, I could be getting them confused with other places though, so will take another look!
Post # 11
tulipbee : Look into the Unitarian Universalist Society of Fairhaven. It’s not on the Northshore, but it checks off almost everything else on your list. It also looks like a gothic castle.
– We got married outside
– Had the reception inside
– BYOB (as long as you hire a certified bartender)
– Because it’s a church instead of a “wedding venue” I think we paid $1,500 for the space for the night. Just us–we could use all of it (inside, outside, ballrooms, getting ready rooms, etc.) Tables and chairs were included. No added costs for every little thing. I wanted to set up the room myself (with help), so we did that on Friday and left it overnight for our Saturday wedding. I slept much better knowing that the napkins were perfectly folded, haha.
– We did a local restaurant for the catered meal (so much cheaper) and did the table settings & garden chairs through a rental company. It’s definitely more DIY to go this route, but it’s something worth looking into. If you did a real caterer, you’d pay more, but plates and whatnot would be included.
Honestly, I think it’s worth going a bit more DIY to save money in terms of vendors. If you don’t want to actually do it yourself, you can hire a reasonable wedding planner to do it for you and you’ll still end up saving money. Kelly Golia Events is awesome for that kind of thing and reasonably priced. I didn’t want to cut down on my guest list, but I also didn’t want to spend a ton and it’s totally possible 🙂 You just need to avoid the wedding upcharge.
Post # 12
@janna121215 It looks lovely (and your pictures are so gorgeous)! Thanks for sharing, I hope it helps others researching, I know Fiance won’t go for it since he already thinks Walpole is far and we’re checking a place out today! I’ll have to update when we finally pick a place. 🙂
Post # 13
Thank you everyone for the help! I wanted to update in case anyone finds it helpful.
We ended up going with Avenir in Walpole. The space is gorgeous, we loved the high ceilings and modern vibe. They offered a significant discount for having it on an on-season but less popular month. All inclusive for passed hor d’oeuvres, display, entrees, open bar, and dessert for our size at 18k (including 7% tax, 21% fees). They are managed by the Saphire Event Group, and also have two other nice venues we looked at in Sharon and East Bridgewater. We did a food tasting before booking and it was all amazing. Definitely check them out!