(Closed) Can’t find a venue…I need some encouragement!

posted 8 years ago in Ceremony
Post # 4
115 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: November 2014

I can TOTALLY relate! I have a list of over 60 places that I have researched in our area that I compulsively put into categories of “too expensive”, “too small”, “realistic options”, and “need more info”. I sent an email to my FH asking him if any jumped out at him, and he nearly fell out of his seat at how many I had already looked at. Tongue out Nothing is getting me overly excited, and anything that does is wayyyyyy out of my price range. I, too, want that awesome garden wedding so I have been looking at local parks. But we are doing catering and by the time we factor that in and rentals since the parks don’t have anything, it’s almost cheaper to go to a hotel. Ugghhhh! This is becoming so stressful because I also want to start moving on to other things, but I want to love wherever we decide to get married and the spark’s just not happening.  Maybe I need to see these places in person to get a better feeling of the places…idk Undecided


I think that the Ryckman Park is gorgeous, especially for the price. It definitely has awesome potential, or you could leave it the way it is too! If 11pm is too early for you, you can always do an after party! We’ll probably do an afternoon wedding to save on rental fees and then all go out to a bar afterwards or at least do something for everyone who isn’t ready to call it a night. Also, I saw a suggestion that you check out your area’s convention and visitor’s bureau online. Most apparently have wedding consultants who can send out an email to local hotels (especially if you have out of town guests and want to have a block of discounted hotel rooms) and then the venues start calling you to book and start lowering the price since they know they are competing for your business. They probably have some nice garden courtyards too! I plan on doing that if round one of my visits aren’t successful.


Good luck!!!

Post # 5
3539 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

I wish I had a list of 60 places… Ive only got a list of 7 possible locations.. and not much more.

Good luck!

Post # 6
7779 posts
Bumble Beekeeper

I feel your pain, sister. I beat my brains out researching venues online. I think I looked at every hotel, park, garden and loft in St. Louis. lol. It was a budget issue for me, too. Everything I liked was SUPER expensive and the things in my price range were definitely not what I liked.

In the end, I went the “slash the guest list” route. We wanted a very small wedding to begin with and my mother inflated the guest list, so it was a convenient way to get her to come down on her expectations.

I know that we wanted small and you don’t, so it’s not exactly the same. I just wanted to share.

I’d totally go with the park. It looks like the closest to what you wanted and the community center could be jazzed up to look very tropical and “gardeny”.

Post # 9
68 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: December 2010

Not sure what these places are like/if they’d fit your vibe or price desires, but up in the Cocoa Beach / Cape Canaveral area:


-Milliken’s Reef

-The Mango Tree

-Silvestro’s (awesome awesome food, but no ceremony space in line with what you’re looking for)

-Jack Baker’s Lobster Shanty


Spent a few months living in CCB thanks to a work assignment and found the above to be quite good when I or some co-workers paid a visit.


As for parks, what about Jetty Park? From what I remember there are some pavillions there too.


Good luck–finding a venue is def no picnic!

Post # 13
7779 posts
Bumble Beekeeper

That garden looks beautiful! Good luck!

Post # 15
4567 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

Oh. My. Gosh! Your daughter is such a little munckin! I want to kiss her cheeks!

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