- 4 years ago
I need to know where you had a small (25-35 guests) winter (Jan-Feb) ceremony/reception in Western PA (as far north or south as you’d like), Allegheny Mountain (Wellsboro or further west), Eastern OH (also as far north or south as you’d like), or Northeastern WV and how you did it on a budget ($10k or less), if there is anyone out there who accomplished this.
The tricky criteria include: I am not enlisting family for cooking or DIY crafts, we have no friends who are makeup artists, photographers/videographers, DJ’s, chef/caterers, so we will be paying for everything. I want real flowers and am already considering the small bouqets from Whole Foods because they have pretty and hearty flowers that don’t seem too expensive, unless of course someone has a better idea! We would like to serve alcohol, and would definitely consider a winery even if they only allow their wine or wine & beer.
Our style is a toss up right now between rustic & elegant (we’ve looked at wineries and renting lodges) or modern/chic (although most of those venues in the Pittsburgh area aren’t cheap). As of right now, neither of us want to have a bridal party, and the guest list would be immediate family (parents, grandparents, siblings) and no more than 5 of our closest friends.
We want something that is beautiful and elegant for our nearest and dearest to be able to just show up and enjoy themselves to celebrate the big day with us.
Also, if you have a ceremony as small as ours, does it really make sense to have a dj or dancing? A father/daughter and mother/son dance are important to us and I’m sure to our parents as well.
I just need some good advice from anyone who has accomplished some of this criteria. I’m stuck for ideas…as I mentioned above, there are a ton of beautiful little bed and breakfast and mansion venues for a small wedding in the Pittsburgh area, but they seem to all have no less than a $15k minimum and none of the places will really give you information until you come tour it, and we want to make “paper” decisions before we starting touring and getting unrealistic expectations by places looking to upsell and play on emotions.