(Closed) I'm at my wit's end already…

posted 6 years ago in Money
Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

@mepayne:  Are you looking just for a ceremony site, or a combo ceremony/reception?

If you want a church, maybe you want to keep looking.  I don’t know about there, but a lot of churches here asked for a small donation, especially if you can find a church where you know a member.  This was like, to the tune of 100.00.

Post # 5
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

Oh my goodness that is so much money!

What about your venue?  Could you do a onsite ceremony?

Post # 6
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 2013

Wow, those prices are ridiculous. How many people are coming to your wedding, and do they all live in the area? If your having a small wedding with a good portion of people from far away, you could always do a semi-destination wedding in another part of the state. Prices would be much cheaper outside of metro Atlanta, i’d imagine.

Also, do any of those churches rent their fellowship area for free if you pay for the church?

Post # 8
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

@mepayne:  Good GOD.  That IS insane.

I second PP then, what about a side area of a reception venue?  We did ours like that, and I rather like the way it turned out.  I mean, are there prettier places, SURE.  But this was free.

Post # 10
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

I used to live in GA– have you tried looking at things like town halls, visitors centers, restaurants, bars? Those are normally a bit cheaper… It seems strange that state parks would be expensive- have you tried local county parks?

Edit: The old town area of marietta & decatur are very nice- my SO’s borther got married at Roswell River Center, I think it was around $900 to rent with all the tables/chairs/facilites & such included. Also, local colleges like the seminary in Decatur might have something to offer at a better price range & college campuses are normally impressive & well kept. Or even renting a large rental home could work …

Post # 11
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 2013

Okay, so I know you said the state park thing. But, have you considered renting a group lodge or cabin and having both the wedding and reception in the cabin or outside of it? You probably have, so sorry if it’s insulting!

http://www.gastateparks.org/parks/?rtype=3

Post # 12
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 2013

OH! What if you did a morning wedding at a church? They could book two in a day, and might give you a big discount. You could also serve breakfast/brunch and that would be cheaper.

Post # 14
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2012

I don’t know if this is an option for you, but one of the things I looked at before I was fortunate enough to expand my budget a wee bit……… was doing an almost 100% DIY wedding and renting a ‘vacation rental’, which is essentially a large house where you have total control over the kitchen, moving around furniture etc.

Neither Fiance nor I are religious, so we were going to have a friend of ours get ordained (online) and perform our ceremony.  That way you have control over food and what type of reception you have.  You can do an iPod music reception.  It depends on the layout…. but lots of vacation rentals I have seen have walk-out basements that are large and would be lovely if you did a little bit of DIY decorations. 

Most of what I saw…. but I didn’t look at Atlanta, they go for like $250/night.  Some have a min nightly rental, but you’d have to check.

Post # 16
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

 the Solarium at Old Scottish Right- in Decatur- is gorgeous & they’re only $700 for weekday rentals; Also the Mary Gay House in Decatur is only $500 for weekday rentals & they have both a nice location & garden; The Old Courthouse on the Square- in Decatur- is offering rooms by the hour for weekdays only for anywhere from $85- $300/hr depending on the room… I’m pretty familiar with the Decatur area as I went to college there- I would contact Columbia Theological Seminary also- they’re not too well known & kind of hidden- also pretty small so they might offer good rates for rental areas… 

I feel you on the “budget friendly” venues- we also had our hearts set on a venue who’s rental price was only $500. Unless it’s for a wedding, in which case you have to pay $3,000 to rent- also no food, linens, whatever just the building/tables/chairs… It’s hard but we had to just forget that place even existed & it worked out alright- now we’ve reserved the brewery across the street (for $500!) & couldn’t be happier!

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