Post # 1
Hi everyone. I’m recently engaged and have begun searching for a venue. We would like to spend $5000 max on everything. Is this even possible. I’m looking to find an outdoor rustic venue. Any help would be greatly appreciated!
Post # 2
NCPAbride: I don’t live in PA but I’m offering my 2 cents. I think you are able to stay under your budget but you have to look outside of your traditional evening Saturday receptions.
Look at hosting a mid-morning ceremony and a late lunch reception. Call and ask for information on wedding facility rental packages after doing some research. A late lunch would have lighter fare and you could limit the type of alcohol served to house wine and your choices of beer. Also look at Sunday for a brunch or late lunch or Friday night if you like the idea of a later timeline. Having the event done mostly in-house is less of a headache and costs less sometimes. Don’t book the venue during a peak season.
Work with the on-site event planner- they have connections for other related services and are a great resource to help your reception run smoothly. Tell her your budget- a good planner will work with you. I didn’t have to pay for a wedding planner b/c our on-site coordinator knows her stuff.
Flowers and food- every thing should be in season. I’ll provide a link for reference of a local estate in VA that has beautiful grounds and great service. http://www.maymont.org/wedding-packages
Don’t sacrifice service…at a friend’s wedding I bussed trays of punch cups b/c they were falling off trays and breaking and chased down staff to refill food stations.
Congrats on starting to plan!
Post # 3
Hmmm not sure of any within that budget. I know Lancaster County has some beautiful barns and “rustic” wedding sites but they aren’t cheap.
One of my coworkers is getting married in Perry County, but I’m not sure exactly where, but her theme is rustic and I know she’s on a tight budget. Here’s one I found, the price isn’t listed though: http://farmoccasions.com/
Have you looked into getting married at a park? They are usually cheap.
Post # 4
- Wedding: April 2015 - Vintage Movie Theater
I’m also getting married in central PA! The majority of the “traditional” venues are going to cost a lot of money. Apparently, Central PA is the new spot for rustic wedding, so they’re jacking up the prices (thanks Pinterest).
Two venues to start the search would be Eicher Arts Center https://www.facebook.com/EicherArtsCenter (Ephrata) and Pheasant Run Farm Bed and Breakfast. http://www.pheasantrunfarmbb.com/scenic-wedding-location.html (Lancaster)
I know someone who had weddings at both of these (and my cousin looked at both so I got some details!) and they are gorgeous, reasonable rental fees, and pretty accomadating with outside caterers! I have pictures if you want.
Post # 5
So depending on your openness to having the ceremony during the weekend instead of peak weekend/wedding season you should check out the Swedish Historical Muesum in Philadelphia. It is an outdoor venue in FDR park so its surrounded by greenery and across from a lake that’s gorgeous. Jeffrey A Miller catering is attached to the venue and has a variety of meal packages at different price points and fantastic food! They’re also really helpful in organizing and planning the events at their venues. Check them out!
Post # 6
This is more north central, but http://www.dunkledacres.com/services
Their starting outdoor rate is $2500. I have never been personally but have friends who said it is really nice.
Post # 7
Look into The Tyler Arboretum. Such a beautiful space and the catering company that services the venue, Jeffrey Miller Catering is the best in the area and has affordable pricing.