Post # 1
My Fiance and I want to keep our wedding on the more frugal side. We want just immediate family (4 on my side, 3 on his and the two of us). We just don’t know where to start.
Where can we have a ceremony (besides town hall?). I figured we can try and book a room at a restaurant for the “reception” (no clue where though, because a lot of resturaunts want like 20 or more people) and then we can fly off on our honeymoon.
We don’t want to do a Destination Wedding because our families are not very well off and we don’t want to put them out.
Also we are in the suburbs of Boston, MA if that helps. Thanks!
Post # 2
Would Chatham in Cape Cod be an option? The Captain’s House Inn is an amazing bed and breakfast my fiance and I spent last Memorial Day weekend at. We got engaged while staying there!
They have a really reasonable wedding luncheon package that includes pretty much everything you need (and they can add stuff like photographer, wedding favors, etc). Here’s their website: http://www.captainshouseinn.com/wedding-luncheon-reception.htm. For a ceremony/reception in April, May, June, September or October it’s just $2295 (for up to 25 people).
I’ve been SO tempted to do this myself, but we can’t get our guest list down below 60!
Post # 3
shortbread654 : Oh that is a little far (2 hours), but definitely the kind of place we are looking for!!! Thanks!
Post # 4
Maybe, since you have less than half the number of guests the package covers, they’d be willing to throw in 2-3 rooms for a one night stay? Then you could treat your family members to a quick wedding weekend for the same cost of the regular wedding package and maybe travel won’t be as much of an issue? I realize I’m selling this place hard! 😉
Post # 5
sparklesauce : We eloped on 12/22 and I literally just googled “elope kansas city” and a TON of stuff came up! I found a place and had it booked in less than 30 minutes. It was $500 and included the sapce and the officiant and a few other things. We had just us and 2 friends. After we took them out to a barcade and just had some beers and played 90s style video games.
Post # 6
We are having our wedding in our backyard, I was hoping to only have like 10 people but it looks like it’s going to be more like 30, assuming everyonecomes and brings thier spouse or a +1. What is your idea of a frugal wedding? I’m DIYING everything, with a pagan/rustic/vintage mismatched type theme and intend to have everything total out to under $1000
Post # 7
I’m no-where near your area, but here you can get a really cute romantic chapel (included in the officiant’s price) that is suited to weddings of 25 or less. So I’m thinking something similar might be offered in your area too? Followed up by dinner in a restaurant, sounds lovely.
Post # 8
I would call around even if restaurants and such don’t have any info on their site about it. Since it would be so small and quiet (I’m assuming), there may be a lot of places that are willing to come to an agreement with you.
Post # 9
I’m planing the same thing and I live in MA. We are currently looking at state parks to go to. I think this one is beautiful!
This blog post shows what they did for ceremony and reception and I love it!!!!
Post # 10
ALSO! I photographed a wedding here:
And it was absolutely grogeous! Elopement packages, ut you can add up to 25 guests. The white mountains might be a bit of a hike, depending on where you are, and the package will cost a bit of money, but it includes things. I’m debating this place as well 🙂
I’m following this thread too to see what ideas others come up with 🙂
Post # 11
- Wedding: July 2017 - State Park
Arnold Arboretum in JP! Under a tree or there are structures to stand under if it rains. Green Hill Park in Worcester would be another pretty option.
Post # 12
I just realized that this was from some months ago, but I PMed you with details from our own wedding.
Post # 13
We are doing the same thing! Just wondering – how did you end up coming up with the budget? With everything including florals and the cake? We are doing a wedding with just us and parents and are trying to come up with a reasonable budget.
Post # 14
- Wedding: July 2017 - State Park
In Massachusetts you can have someone get a one-day designation to be your officiant for about $20 with six weeks lead time. Have a family member or a close friend get the designation and get married anywhere you want. I got married with 11 guests at Moore State Park in Paxton under the bridge.
Suburbs of Boston can mean lots of things, if you’re metrowest I can help, but if you’re north shore I am probably out of ideas.
Depending on the time of day and the restaurant, a reservation for however many you’re having may do it for you. A private room is nice, but a quiet dining room isn’t the worst thing either.