Post # 1
My Fiance and I were planning our wedding when the budget fell out from underneath us. We still have a healthy sum, but it is not what is needed to support our original vision (HEARTBREAK!) So now we are trying to find plan B/C so that we are still happy on our day and don’t feel like we’ve had to compromise everything. With our budget, our venue/reception/food/liquor costs need to be no higher than 10k (which seems to be a lot of money, but not in Massachusetts!) We’re hoping to have approx 100 people at the wedding. PLEASE HELP WITH ANY SUGGESTIONS/THOUGHTS/IDEAS!? We’re open to any venue ideas, including renting somone’s private home and building our own reception.
Post # 3
Not sure where you are in Massachusetts but we went closer to the New Husband boarder and prices were pretty reasonable there. We got married at Atkinson Country Club and while alcohol added quite a bit, their food and drink min for Fridays was only 8,000. I don’t remember how much it ws on weekends. We had about 115 guests, chair covers with bows($575), with a tab for alcohol (i think alcohol was about $3000 but we went with a wine service that we had to pay for a certian numbers of bottles up front so yours can be a lot less), ceremony on site ($600) and our grand total was around $16,000 for the venue.
There was a couple places around Danvers that would let you bring in your own alcohol (from kappys which you can then return any undrunk ones) which might cut down on cost as well.
Post # 4
When I first started planning we were looking to have our wedding in MA as we were living in Western MA. We looked at venues all over the state and had a very hard time finding something that was in our budget since ours is about half of yours but roughly the same size & in May. I did find the Castle of Knights in Chicopee that was about our budget, not the greatest but not bad. Also is kind of way out in the western part of the state but since it was early in may they were willing to give us a deal for $50pp. I did find a place in Cape Ann that was beautiful but they could only hold 80 I think. I don’t know what style wedding you are looking for but I did find many parks and state forests that would be great for a ceremony and only cost a permit fee. Then you could have the reception at a large restaurant or hotel. My best advice for finding an inexpensive venue is to look for lesser known places or even ones that haven’t been in business long. We ended up moving back to my home state of VT to help my dad who’s been having health issues, so I haven’t looked in MA for awhile but believe me some less expensive places do exist.
Post # 5
Our wedding is at the Sheraton Colonial in Wakefield. They have been “just OK” to work with so far, and I will post a review on Wedding Wire after the wedding. Their packages are very reasonable and include a LOT. We’re getting a bit of a discount since my fiance is an employee, but it’s coming to around 11K for 130 people. And that includes centerpieces, cake, hotel room for us, open bar for cocktail hour, wine with dinner, champagne toast, all food for cocktail hour, etc. The room is kind of small, so it’s best for a wedding of your size.
My cousin is having her wedding at Willowdale in Topsfield and has been very happy with them so far. Topsfield is a “dry town” so you have to bring in your own liquor which drastically cuts down open bar costs. I think Willowdale is an expensive venue (high rental costs), but check out other Topsfield venues for the same features. Elks at Bass Rocks in Gloucester is also very pretty but we had too many people for their room.
My best advice is to keep your options open. When we started planning we thought all packages were created equal and they were always more expensive because they did the legwork for you. We were SO wrong. We originally booked an “a la carte” venue with a low PP price. It was much more expensive than the Sheraton’s package when all was said and done.
Post # 6
Where in Massachusetts are you? Do you have any flexibility with location?
Post # 7
Elks at Bass Rocks in Gloucester that’s the one I forgot to mention. I looked there and it was just over barely over our budget but would fit in a 10k budget easily. We told them we were inviting 115 and they said they could fit that. So @kincailk
it might be worth checking out, the location is beautiful, overlooking the ocean!
Best of luck!
Post # 8
I totally agree with you that it’s worth checking out!! When we looked there we had a 150 person guest list (had to assume all would come) so it was too tight. The coordinator there was really nice too. Not at all a typical Elks hall.
Post # 9
Ooh OOh we’re about to book the Elks! They say their capacity is 220 seated, I thought? We’re expecting 100-110 so it’ll be perfect for us, and yes, very reasonable.
Post # 10
Kincailk if you book there we can share decor ideas 😀