(Closed) Inexpensive ceremony and reception venue ideas?

posted 6 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
2281 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

That’s a HUGE area you have open there. Any specifics to narrow it down, or are you really open to anything in 3 states? 

(I lived a long time in 2 of those, so I could help on a few specific places, but they may be too rural for you)

Post # 4
6741 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2014

What are you looking for in terms of what’s important to you in a space?  What is inexpensive (or what’s your budget)?  What sort of places have you looked at and ruled out and why did you rule them out? 

Post # 5
2295 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

A small group like that should help your options!

Community rooms – library, park districts, schools

Restaurants with private rooms, usually you just have to pay for food & bev

Park shelter

Churches – some will let you have it there even if you aren’t affilliated

What have you already looked at?

Post # 7
2281 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

Hmmm… I would say check around in North Ga where you have amazing mountain views – Woodstock and up to Young Harris. You might be able to book something in Brasstown Valley within your budget for so small a group. 

In West GA, there’s the Pine Mountain, Roosevelt State Park, Callaway Gardens area. Roosevelt State Park in particular could be great.

I lived in ATL until I was 10, but then my family moved to rural south GA. Not so much for views 🙁 but there are some gorgeous lakes and the Flint River has some great venues along it. 

This will sound totally off the wall, but Opelika, AL has a very cool, historic downtown with some very cool venues (restaurants and clubs). I lived there for a while. 

I went to a lovely garden wedding while I lived there, I remember only that it was west of Auburn. While looking for the name I stumbled on this list of Alabama gardens: http://www.ilovegardens.com/Alabama%20Gardens.htm

A more general possibility is to check college campuses – many of them, esp. private schools, have chapels where you can have a service, and then there are dining and conference facilities for a reception. The food cost is way under what you’d pay a standard caterer, but the quality for receptions and such is still quite good.

Post # 9
82 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

If you go to the Georgia state parks website, you can see a list of the parks that have group shelters for weddings. These places have kitchens, restrooms, and AC in some really gorgeous parks in Georgia. We’re actually looking into getting married at the group shelter in Watson Mill State Park. The prices vary based on the size and they’re all over the state. There’s a couple of places in Savannah that are really nice for cheap. Hope this helps a little!

Post # 11
9549 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013

Look for anywhere that has a meeting room. Community centers, small town halls, churches, rotary club, etc. Also, we’re having our welcome dinner at the hotel where we’re booking rooms and they’re giving us the room for free and letting us bring in our own food and drink! It’s a Best Western. The real key is to pick a not super fancy hotel that doesn’t have it’s own catering.

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