Ideas for cheap, small wedding in Massachusetts?

posted 7 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

@moonadea:One suggestion would be to do as much as you and her are able. Meaning..if you can sew…sew. If you are crafty (as I am) make your bows ext. If you have a good eye for arrangements…do centerpieces and/or fkowers. Any thing you guys can do…do it yourself.

Post # 4
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

We had our wedding in Massachusetts for the exact same reason as you.  You might want to think about a reception in the private dining room of a restaurant, which is what we did.  That way, you don’t have a site fee.  Also, instead of having to deal with a bunch of vendors for the venue, catering, rentals, etc., you can just work with one.  And it is easier to get a handle on your reception costs, because you can basically divide your budget by the number of guests to get the per person amount you can afford.

As for UU churches, Boston is where the Unitarians got their start, so there is pretty much one in each town in Massachusetts.  You might try to narrow down where in MA you’d like to get married (e.g., near Boston?  Cape Cod?), and then look at UU churches in that area.  Or for the least expensive option, you could consider getting married at your reception venue.

Post # 5
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

I went to a bridal show this weekend and I saw a place called Overlook that was definetley reasonable priced. My friend is going to tour there soon. It has a chapel you can use for free with the reception room. They charge 500.00 for the reception room, and it gives you two rooms for that price! Therefore you can use any of their rooms for your ceremony or cocktail hour for free. They also have space available outside to get married. The table linen setup was gorgeous…at any other venue it would be ugraded linens. The meals are definetley affordable with your budget.

Here is the link:

http://www.masonichealthsystem.org/index.tpl?SID=11840887444614662&ng_view=102

The rooms look like brand new.

Post # 8
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2011

Another awesome option if you want to do a Boston wedding – you can pay for a permit ($50, I believe) to hold your ceremony on the beautiful Boston Common or Public Gardens. My friend did this and then had everyone stroll to Newbury Street where they had their reception in the private dining room of a bistro. It was beautiful! 

Post # 9
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Bumble Beekeeper

@moonadea:

Northampton is gorgeous.  I graduated from Smith College, and had family and friends join me for a graduation party at Look Park. 🙂

Post # 9
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Busy bee

moonadea:  Hi! So I know I’m reading this 5 years later, but I’m curious what you ended up with? I’m a member of the UU church in Fairhaven, MA and although I’m terribly biased, it’s a GORGEOUS building (that also allows some alcohol). I saw Massachusetts & UU Church in the summary of your posting and clicked on it immediately, haha.

 

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