(Closed) Fiancé and I can't find a venue! Help?

posted 7 years ago in Venue
Post # 3
5473 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

What about a state or local park that has a recreation center to move inside in the event of inclement weather?  Not familiar with your specific area, sorry.

We also looked for cultural arts centers, historical buildings, etc before finding a venue.

(We had a large guest list and couldn’t find anywhere to accommodate 200 people so we ended up with a country club.  It all worked out)

Post # 5
5473 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

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@Ravendor:  You can decorate any blank space in a way that reflects you as a couple and your tastes.  Country clubs sure aren’t “our thing” either, but we made it work and it ended up being great.  Maybe re-check the VFW or a Moose Lodge or rec center that you can bring in your own decor.  

Post # 7
1876 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

@Ravendor:  Hi fellow NJ bride! How much are you look to pay pp? I’ll post a few suggestions below (I feel like I looked at EVERY NJ venue haha). I will try to only post the ones near you that would accomodate your size, but I’m not 100% sure. Most venues will be more flexible with a small guest count on Fri or Sunday though FYI.

Of this list, I would definetly look at Renault winery. They have a few different sized rooms and options. I really liked the location and almost went with it.

Abbie Holme’s Estate


Blue Heron Pines



Clark’s Landing Yacht Club

Greate Bay Country Club

Haddon Fortnightly

Renault Winery

Smithville Inn

Station House in Tuckahoe

Post # 9
3245 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

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@Ravendor:  Bleh, I had that kind of problem too. Finding a venue, in my opinion, is the most stressful part of planning! (Although I’m still fairly early on in the process). I made sooooo many calls and emails with unsatisfactory results, it sucked!

Have you checked out historical societies and museums? Or other historic buildings? Also, I would suggest looking into the state parks again. You may need to go with something that’s a little further away than you really want, if the venue has to fit in your theme and budget. Or you could have your ceremony at a park and have everyone drive a short distance to some kind of reception hall.

Sometimes restaurants that are out in the country do weddings, and even have buildings for them. Anything like that there?

Search for “event venue” as well as “wedding venue.” I found one or two things that seemed interesting by doing that, but didn’t go with them in the end. Try searching for “farm wedding”– often farms that do weddings in their barn or on their property won’t have the best advertising but will come up that way.

Ask around in your town– ask florists and catering businesses where they have done weddings locally. We found out about a couple places by asking the woman who will probably do our flowers what she knew of. And think about spaces that are used for other gatherings of people– retreat centers, yoga studio barns, and even vacation rentals. You might be able to find a vacation rental on HomeAway that would work.

I found that here, barn and inn venues are more expensive than getting a tent, but it sounds like it’s the opposite there. We’re actually having our wedding in a small historic village, on a museum property, and the reception will be in a tent because although they have a barn, it is full of exhibits. But some museums have open space you can rent.

Also, if you can find a place that doesn’t require you to use their catering service, then you can shop around for caterers or even do the food yourselves/with friends and family helping out, and save money that way.

I hope some of my blather is helpful!!

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