(Closed) Anyone having a DW at a venue that’s not a resort?

posted 6 years ago in Destination Weddings
Post # 3
188 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

Hi! We’re getting married in a popular beach town, but not at a resort. We had to go super low budget, so I started with googling the town – I hit upon a tourism website, the city government’s website and the Chamber of Commerce. They have links to places to stay, eat, things to do, and lists of local businesses.

I found our wedding officiant’s website through a Google search as well. On her page is information about possible ceremony/reception locations, how you apply to the state for a permit to marry on the beach, etc. So the officiant you book could have ideas of where to look, or where the prettiest venues are.

Also, I did look at hotels when I started digging around for reception venues. They’re not the resort-type hotels, but some have conference rooms or banquet rooms available to rent. You may get a discount on the rental fee if you (or guests) stay there, but it couldn’t hurt to ask if they’ll rent the room to you anyway. The Best Western hotel even had a garden gazebo often used for weddings.

Check with the Chamber of Commerce, ask them if there is a community rec center or convention center you could rent. Other possibilities include the local Eagles, Elks or American Legion, though if you’re picky about appearance (as I am), you may not want to go that route if they have rules about leaving their decor on the walls.

I ended up reserving a large picnic pavilion at one of the city parks, for free, and obtaining a free banquet license through them to serve alcohol. City websites typically have some information about their parks. You could also check with your state parks, if you wanted to go the outdoor route.

Good luck! 🙂

Post # 4
69 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

I’m getting married near cancun and virtually all of the options are big all inclusive resorts. I didnt want to have a wedding in a resort for various reasons – the beach weddings are very public, i dont want my guests to be obliged to stay in one specific hotel if they want to attend, a lot of them do multiple weddings in one day so its like a conveyor belt etc and so forth

so im having it at the eco park and whilst im staying in a very reasonably priced hotel so hopefully my guests can stay there too…if they want to go more budget and stay in a hostel its still possible.

i just googled every combo of venue i could think of – “beach club wedding” “garden wedding” “event salon” “private house wedding” etc…along with certain words like “private” and then made a shortlist of things that popped up. i was lucky enough to do a site visit…some places look incredible different in real life!

Post # 5
595 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

Since we are getting married in FL, we ended up going with a Hilton that is on the beach.  We really wanted to get married on the beach so I had called the town clerk to get information and it actually turned out to be a big hassle to do it ourselves.  It can be done though.  We just wanted things to be easy.

Post # 6
307 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2012

My wedding is in Orlando and we found a fantastic venue that caters to just having events. Lots of free parking, great lighting and the venue will be all ours for the entire day!

Post # 7
1038 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

Like someone else said, look into state parks. I’m getting married on the beach at Henderson Beach State Park in Destin, FL.  There is a mile stretch of beach with NO condos on it so will be less people on the beach and hopefully more private(esp in October) and my pictures won’t have a bunch of condos in the background.  You just have to contact the park and ask about what to do to get married there.  I’m marrying on the beach there and having my reception underneath a covered pavillion in the park on the beach and it will cost me $600.  That includes the area of the beach they reserve for my wedding, reserving the pavillion all day and night until 10 pm(so we can decorate/set up for the reception), entry fees for all my guests and pays for the park ranger that stays around for my reception(the park closes at sunset so we will be the only people there in the park).  I’m having less than 50 guests as well(more than 50 is a bigger fee). 



Also…if you marry at the parks that have pavillions you can have the pavillion as your backup location in case of rain.

Post # 8
3357 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

I got married on a public beach in Hawaii. I started my planning by researching planners online that would handle most of everything for me 🙂

Post # 9
1269 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

I’m looking into renting a house or cabin, prefer to be by a lake. You should look for renters who are open to it, but not “hip” to the wedding game, thus trying to charge you more to rent the place just cause you said wedding.

Some landlords are okay with it, and some do not want you “tearing up their house with  party.”

Many do not want you moving their funiture around either. and some, depending on where they are located, do not maintain their yards. I read some that said they keep it natural because they are in the mountains with bears and deer etc.

So I plan to find some I like, call and see if they’ll allow the small wedding and under what conditions, see if I can get more pictures or permission to see the property ahead of time and go from there. Some places do not like to let you know the address of the house until you go to stay there because they don’t want people just driving up on the house when other renters are enjoying it.

I’m not sure a house will be economical, because renting the house might be inexpensive, but bringing everything to the house might be what makes costs rise. You might can get a house that accomodates even 40 people. I saw one that big, but it was like $800 a night. You’d have to have guests willing to split the cost with you to have them all stay together like that. But those houses are HUGE and beautiful. The problem is, they’ll put like 4 queen beds in the same room together. Very little privacy for the guests.

Post # 10
156 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

I’m getting married in Negril, Jamaica.  Rented a house on vrbo.com that can sleep 10-12 (so people can stay there) and has two private beaches for 3200/wk.  We will be having the ceremony and reception there… ceremony on the smaller beach and reception on larger beach + veranda + grassy lawn.  I booked the house about 11 months before just to make sure that I could have it for the 7 days I wanted it.     They have held weddings there before and the manager is super helpful with vendors and sending me photos of the specific things at the location so I will know what to rent.

Post # 11
1446 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

We had our reception at a hotel, but we had our ceremony at a beautiful public park in San Francisco.

Our wedding planner found it, but she set up our interview for across the street and then showed it to us before we hired her.

ETA: just realized this is a super old thread.

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