(Closed) Bride on a budget

posted 9 years ago in Columbus, Ohio
Post # 3
1962 posts
Buzzing bee

It’ll be cold so can you find a restaurant with a large fireplace that you can get married in front of?  And then have the reception there as well. Restos tend to be a little cheaper because they aren’t in the wedding biz and they have all tools, utinsils, everything etc. already there.

Post # 4
2725 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2009


Check out Mrs. Bunny’s posts. She got married in a barn in the Columbus area.

Post # 5
5 posts
  • Wedding: September 2009

I just got married in Gahanna, Ohio at the creekside.  There is a beautiful rotary stage that is outside, or the inside of the Conference Center is very beautiful.  They were so helpful.  The Conference Center is probably about 2 years old, maybe not even.  It’s very modern.  If you have any questions, let me know.  I did my whole wedding in Columbus, for about $5,000,,,

Post # 6
1901 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

How many people are you planning on inviting?

Post # 7
2000 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2009

Hey futuremrsgeoff! I’d love to help you any way I can!

You should probably start by figuring out the type of wedding you and your Fiance want. What kind of feel are you going for? Mr. Bunny and I picked Everal Barn in Westerville because it fit our guest list and the vibe we wanted for our wedding, rustic and fun!

Let me know if there’s anything I can do — advice, vendor recommendations, or whatever.


Ope, should probably add that I was on a very modest budget and probably spent less than $8,000 for the whole shebang. Low-budget weddings are very doable in this area!

Post # 8
11325 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2011

I’m so happy to see columbus brides on a budget! I haven’t started planning yet but I’m so scared of how much all this will cost!

Post # 9
21 posts

We are on a tight budget too and only have 80 guests – so we are looking at art galleries/art centers, small family owned restaurants…. I also noticed that (in Indianapolis and Chicago) there are several really great restrored warehouses that now lease loft space for offices and sometimes these spaces can be rented month-to-month. There is a warehouse loft in Indy that rents for $800 a month – much cheaper then most venues will rent for one day!

Post # 10
12 posts
  • Wedding: November 2009

Here are a couple places that we looked at that were on the cheaper end of things (around $5000 or less including food and place rental). Sadly, they didn’t work for what we needed. These are for receptions but I’m sure they can do a ceremony as well if that is needed.

COSI: http://www.cosi.org/events/suggestions/ (they have some fun spaces, we just didn’t want to get married where I work. ๐Ÿ™‚ )

Venue at Smith Brothers : http://www.venueatsmithbrothers.com/

Hoover Y-Park: http://www.ymcacolumbus.org/hoover/hoover_rental.php

Park of Roses/Topiary Park/Cultral Arts Courtyard: http://recparks.columbus.gov/rentals/Wedding%20Rentals/index.asp

Ohio Theater: http://www.capa.com/columbus/venues/ohio_facilityrental.php

Kelton House: http://www.keltonhouse.com/

Deercreek: http://www.visitdeercreek.com/events/social.cfm

Oh and if you want to leave Central Ohio, there are some amazing places in the Hocking Hills that do weddings. If we didn’t have such a large guest count (130), I would have loved this.

Post # 11
29 posts
  • Wedding: August 2011


I am also trying to plan a wedding in the central ohio area on a very tight budget of $10,000.  I am expecting b/w 100-125 guests.  I am just starting my venue search but haven’t really been able to find anything that fits my budget.  I love the Valley Dale Grand Ballroom but the minimum bar price is way over my budget. 

Since I am getting married in August 2011, I could have the ceremony/reception inside or outside. 

Does anyone know of a venue that will allow you to bring in your own alcohol? 

I am thinking about purchasing our flowers (ivory/cream roses) in bulk from Sam’s Club or Cosco.  If anyone knows of a cheaper place, please let me know. 

If I come across some really good deals, I will make sure to share with everyone here on weddingbee.

I would love to hear from readers who were able to do their entire wedding on a $10,000 or less budget. 

Post # 12
3 posts
  • Wedding: September 2010

Wild Goose Creative near OSU has a gallery-type space that would probably hold just over 100 comfortablly – and it’s SUPER cheap to rent $75 for 3 hours, with additional hours $15 each.  They can provide tables (free), tach support/speakers, coffee/tea and have a small kitchenette area for caterer use.  The side walls are exposed brick and there is a small stage in front – very cool! We are having a cocktail reception but it was going to be too small for 150+ guests.  Bring your own alcohol/food/whatever.  Beth is super-nice too. http://www.wildgoosecreative.com/Wild_Goose_Creative___Rent_our_Space.html

We are using the Arlington Swim and Racquet Clubhouse.  Very nice space with 2 levels.  I think it’s $500 for 4 hour event, 2 hour setup, 1 hour teardown.  BYO-beverage and caterer.

Our reception will be well under $7000, I suspect.  We are getting married in Hawaii and just having the reception.  The wedding on the beach in hawaii will set us back less than $1000 with photos (not including the trip/honeymoon)

Post # 13
29 posts
  • Wedding: August 2011

Thanks for all these suggestions.  Very helpful!!!!

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