Post # 1
This is my first post after reading for a long time, and recently starting to contribute! Thanks in advance for your help!
I’m an Atlanta bride trying to have a beautiful, classy wedding on what seems like an impossibly small budget! My fiancee and I have decided, for a multitude of reasons, to keep our wedding budget as close to $10,000 as we can, if not under. Most of the items on our checklist aren’t really posing a problem except for one.
The reception venue.
We haven’t be able to find ANYTHING that we like that doesn’t blow our whole budget out of the water after f&b minimums are met. Any suggestions?? Please help!
Oh, and we’re marrying in January of next year, so we’ll need something indoor. :-/ Any ideas?
Post # 3
Depending on the size of your gathering, the Mary Gay House in Decatur is relatively inexpensive, and you can bring your own drinks and such. (That’s where we’re having ours in July.) A downside is that they require your caterer to be full-service, but I see that as a headache-saving bonus: you don’t have to worry about getting in there and setting up/cleaning up. If you don’t use the patio, it’s a little small, but you can get a tent + extras from a recommended vendor. Even with the tent & fans & lights, it’s still cheaper than my other suggestion: the Solarium at Scottish Rite (which seems to book really quickly. When we looked last June, they were already booked for our date over a year away.)
Post # 4
I’m in the same boat and have been searching all over for a venue in the Southeast that fits the bill…literally.
We actually want an outdoor wedding but one Atlanta facility I spoke with that is new to the wedding biz is LIT kitchen. This wouldn’t be your standard wedding reception hall b/c it’s more of a well-decorated culinary space but I found them through a photographer’s blog and the weddings held there looked pretty cool. Ask for Brad and you can tell him Lauren sent you!
Post # 5
I totally feel your pain. I felt like everywhere I looked in Atlanta was $5000 and above…just for a venue! Ridiculous! Have you thought about having it outside Atlanta? I’m having mine at the State Botanical Gardens in Athens, which is pretty affordable. I also visited the Solarium in Decatur (also affordable). It was a really nice venue, we just liked the Botanical Gardens better 🙂 Best of luck to you with your search!
Post # 6
To keep our budget down, we’re going to try to keep our guest list to about 70 people. That way, we can take the private dining space/banquet hall of a restaurant, without having to buy out the whole place. Restaurants are great, they often don’t charge rental fees for the space, just food/drink minimums which aren’t absurd to meet.
On the downside [for some] is that you can’t always get a dance space, so it’s dinner party only [our plan!].
Post # 7
the Marietta Educational Garden Center has great rates and you get the place for the whole day and can bring your own drinks
the people there are really great too
Post # 8
Thanks for the ideas everyone! There really are some great places in Atlanta.
A planner just turned me on to the Wimbish House, too. Beautiful!!