(Closed) Booking a venue that's just a location?

posted 5 years ago in Venue
Post # 3
2490 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2018

I think you could make it look so beautiful! I can just imagine cocktail hour around the pool… I definitely think it’s worth considering for the wedding day 🙂

For us, we booked a cabin in the mountains for our ceremony and since it’s not a traditional wedding venue, I guess it would also be considered “just a location”. I have no doubt that we will be able to make it look amazing and I love that it’s not somewhere expected to have a wedding at.

Post # 4
2869 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

Gorgeous! It can definitely work! We rented a location that was just a location and rented chairs, tables, linens, plates, glasses, etc.  It all worked out 🙂 

Post # 5
3769 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2013 - Brookfield Zoo

Wow that looks beautiful!  Yes you can make it work, there are companies that rent out tables and linens, and your caterer might also provide table settings etc., just look around.  It might help in this case to hire a coordinator if you will have so many elements.  A few things to make sure you think of are who will set up tables/centerpieces/decor, who will set the tables, will you have (or need to hire) people to bus the tables after dinner.  Do some research online and make a list to make sure you are not forgetting anything!

Post # 6
9952 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2012

In truth a venue is what you make of it… just a blank canvas to speaks to you for whatever reason

You need to research the cost of going it all on your own (Set Up – Chairs, Tables, Linens, Lighting – Caterer – etc) but it truly is possible … a bit harder from a far than close by, sbut still do-able.

Hope this helps,


Post # 7
1133 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

Yup, you could definitely make it work.  Our venue has a bit more (small kitchen, tables and chairs but that was it), and in the end we chose it because it was gorgeous and it was literally the venue I had pictured for years in my head (plus holds a significant meaning for my FI).

Post # 8
480 posts
Helper bee

I hope it’s doable because that’s what we are doing! The only downside for us is the wedding is in Virginia, and I am trying to orchestrate this all from Florida! I will say that it is (a lot) more work, because you have to rent tables and chairs and do all your vendor shopping from scratch, but hey, that’s just part of the fun, right?…. Right? 

Post # 10
7689 posts
Bumble Beekeeper

@misskittenn:  looks awesome!!  Yes, we did all DIY at a small vineyard.  Bought everything we needed for set up except the chairs and tables were rented.  If you need help, send me a PM.

Post # 12
611 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2014


Have you considered the university itself?

I know my college hosted quite a few weddings and had some very nice faculty club meeting rooms to choose from. 

As for location only as a venue

Your DJ should offer “uplighting” packages that will add color to your walls at night and even cake, buffet table lighting for ambiance. Best of luck

Post # 14
9548 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013

You can totally do it! I had my wedding literally in a field. We had to bring in a tent and lighting and bathrooms and a generator on top of all the stuff you’ll need. And it worked out totally fine. Now don’t get me wrong, rentals are expensive and we had a DOC and small army of relatives and friends to help set up. But it can be done. Start looking at rental companies to get an estimate on prices. And don’t forget to check for their delivery charges, set-up/tear-down charges and any other charges – this can makea big difference.

Post # 15
4031 posts
Honey bee

@misskittenn:  Great venue! And yes, it can totally work if you are willing to put in the work. First, it is beautiful, so you don’t have to decorate much. I understand your concerns about rentals/caterers, but if there is a kitchen, it is manageable and rentals are not super difficult (if there is a local, reputable company). Is the cost for renting the location reasonable?

We rented a non-traditional venue that was my high school’s courtyard. So we had to rent all the chairs, tables, lighting, catering, etc. It was manageable and ended up being way more affordable than traditional venues in town. And, our venue was very unique. Some photos are below of what we were able to accomplish:




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