Post # 1
I just got engaged last week and am now looking for affordable reception venues/ideas for a Saturday afternoon/evening in September 2013. Because of my religion, I’m not allowed to have any alcohol or dancing at the reception, but all other “traditional” things are fine. My fiance’s family are big drinkers, unfortunately, so to compromise, I’ll arrange for an “afterparty” at a second, smaller venue right after this reception.
Because my fiance’s family drink a lot, I don’t want them to “miss” the alcohol, and I feel that they will if we do it in a restaurant. I don’t care much for hotels, but I love picturesque halls like the Brazilian Room (this is on my short list if it’s available), and I want to see if I can pull off an outdoor reception. For an outdoor reception, I already know who I want to cater it, I know I want to make my own photobooth and a wishing tree for well wishes and monetary gifts, and I can already see how I want to decorate it.
Any recommendations are much appreciated!
Post # 3
@fzesguer: Hi, I’ve attended a few weddings in that area. When you say “affordable,” how much would you like to keep the budget under? There are lovely homes for rental where you can have the option to do outdoor ceremonies (not sure if you can have the reception outdoors too, though) like the James Leary Flood Mansion and Hamlin Mansion. But I vaguely remember that the couples had to pay for a company to do valet parking because it was contractually required since the houses are in a residential area with very limited parking. I’ve also been to a small reception at the Officer’s Club at Fort Mason.
Good luck and congratulations on your recent engagement!
Post # 4
@airmail: Oh the ceremony is completely free for me (venue, minister, etc.) through my church, so I’m just looking for a reception venue for about 3 hours or so. I was looking to spend just around $10,000 for venue, food, tables, chairs, diningware and all that for around 100-125 people. I’ve been googling and yelping and I’m not sure this is doable in San Francisco proper, so I’m considering other cities nearby too.
Post # 5
Try the Log Cabin in the Presidio. It is affordable and has an indoor and outdoor space and you can bring in a caterer. We also looked at the Martitime Museum and the Golden Gate Club and the General’s Residence in Fort Mason. Stern Grove is pretty too. Good luck!
Post # 6
Have you checked out Wedgewood properties? They offer fully-customizable packages. Even if the package you like includes alcohol, they will take it out and either credit you the $$ or offer something in place: