Post # 1
I need help or rather a miracle…I’m looking for a reception venue that will allow us to bring in our own liquor and have a random bartender serve our guests.
-Very limited budget (~$5,000.00-8,000.00 Total)
-Prefer North East burbs (White Bear, Stillwater) but definitley open to others
-Wedding date not set, will be on a Saturday, June, July or August of ’14
-Around 175-200 guest
-Would also prefer open catering so we can have a taco dinner buffet
-Prefer to have something different than an indoor basketball court like White Bear Armory is
If none of this is possible….how about a venue with really cheap drinks?
I’m getting really frustrated with how much these venues get away with charging and they won’t let us do ANYTHING personal. Every body is offering the same chicken or beef with gravy or mushrooms and we really want to make this wedding about us not like every other wedding ever (no offence at all!)
Post # 3
I’m not in the area, but I just wanted to let you know- I wanted the same thing for my wedding!
We ended up finding a place that was cheaper than anything we imagined for a site rental fee, and they allow bringing in all alcohol, any caterer, staff, etc. They basically told us it was up to us, but they could offer suggestions, but have no “preferred vendors” *aka price jackers*.
It’s a historic home. It’s technically a “museum” but its a historic landmark/1880s home on 6 acres. They’ve only ever had one other wedding there.
Definitely look for off beaten places or parks, historic landmarks, small museums, etc. Our other idea was to rent out a “vacation home” for a weekend with the permission of having the wedding on the grounds because we wanted an outdoor tent reception. It was cheaper to rent a house on the beach for a week than it was to book a “traditional wedding venue”.
Post # 4
@bride_MN_14: You probably going to need to go out of the twin cities. I honestly can’t think of a place in the cities where you are going to find what you are looking for.
Post # 5
Not sure exactly what kind of venue your looking for but I’m having my wedding at Settlement Hill Farm in Hudson, WI. Not very from the metro. We provide the liquor and get the choice of any caterer. It is $2,500 and thats just the venue alone. No chairs, tables ect….
Post # 6
The Klub House in Saint Paul
Weddings In Echo Valley in Clear Lake, WI
See if you like either of those 🙂 Hope this helps
Post # 7
Careful with places that have open alcohol. Many times it won’t save you money because those are the places charging you a higher cost for venus rental, chair rental, etc. If you do a venue that has more things included your rental free is waived, you don’t get charged for linens, glassware etc. I know some of the park & recs will do open alcohol but there’s rules to come with that (end time 10pm, etc.)
Post # 8
Contact me at everythingconsidered.wix.com/events
I can definitely help you find places I have a list especially for oopen catering/and or BYOA.
Post # 9
514Studios in the Warehouse district.
Uppercut Gym in NE Minneapolis
The Polish hall in NE Minneapolis
The Soap Factory.
A really good option is WithATwist. They are a licensed bar, but YOU buy all the booze. You can do a full package with glassware, napkins, mixers, etc for like 500, or just a bartender with the insurance for even less.