Post # 1
I’m new here but have lurked and used this site for inspiration and advice since getting engaged.
Now it seems I have a problem I can’t find help for.
My fiancé and I got engaged about 6 months ago. We picked a date and I went on my merry way making wedding plans. Well after five months of planning it became clear to us that we were way out of our invisible budget and didn’t want to spend that much on a wedding. Neither of our parents are helping, FYI.
So, we cancelled all of our wedding plans, lost a few deposits and decided to cut the guest list down and have a destination wedding on the North Shore of MN (we live in MN, but a few hours south of North Shore.)
Sounds great, right? It was, but now I’m finding it impossible to find a place for the wedding that isn’t super expensive and will overlook Lake Superior. Basically, I’m being so indecisive and can’t figure anything out. I’m going crazy because our date is June 8, 2013, and being its a great city for a wedding, we are finding a lot of places have no openings (for that date or any others next Summer). Then I thought we could spend more to get what we want, but that defeats why we changed our minds in the first place.
Does anyone here know anyone who got married in Duluth, MN? I am so confused and lost. I need help before more people get annoyed with me.
If nothing else, thanks for letting me vent. =)
Post # 3
Sorry about how difficult the planning has been but I hope you can find an affordable venue soon. I know nothing about your state or city so I am no help but keep searching the web…you are bound to find something. You may have to compromise on your dream venue but you will find something. It sucks you lost your deposits but hopefuly your wedding day will be worth it.
Post # 4
I used to live in MN (Twin cities and St Cloud) and went to a wedding in Duluth for my friend. It was SO gorgeous! This was her venue
http://thesuitesduluth.com/weddings.htmlAs far as I know, it wasn’t terribly priced. I also was up in Duluth all of the time, so maybe these suggestions will help you out!
The Hillside Cottage
Hartley Nature Center
Duluth City Parks- There are quite a few options and city parks are ALWAYS affordable! It looks like the max venue fee you will spend is about $130. Brighton Beach is available for up to 100 people, and there’s also the Rose Garden and quite a few other places.
I hope this helped honey! I’m SURE you’ll find your dream venue! Duluth is beautiful! You just need to know where to look. 🙂
Post # 5
I know Duluth pretty well, and lived there for awhile. But I have to say, having a wedding there is still fairly expensive, which is why I will most likely be getting married in my hometown.
I’m thinking you could at least do a ceremony on park point for free? Just have to rent out chairs….I don’t know how it works or if you need to get permission from someone, but it is a public beach. I also saw a ceremony in Leif Erickson park on the stage, or under that white gazebo in the rose garden. I don’t know the rental terms.
As for a recpetion, I know that Black Woods catering has a few different rooms available and you may be able to get a smaller one based on your number size. I also know the Grandma’s sports garden has a banquet room too. Most other places are going to be expensive (hotels, ballrooms, the decc)
Hope that helps a little!
Post # 6
My sister was in your same boat when she got married, she really wanted a North Shore wedding. I have stayed many times at Cove Point Lodge, have you checked there? It’s beautiful? ANYWAYS! She ended up going with the Lodge at Crooked Lake in Siren, WI. It’s not super far out of the cities, it’s really beautiful, has a lake across the street, and actually has a lot to do! And she was able to have a beautiful wedding with an open bar for under $9,000 for absolutely every expense including rings! Let me know if you’d like more details!
Post # 7
@MinnesotanInDC: I would like more information on the lodge on crooked lake, please! Thank you!
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