Post # 1
I have a total wedding budget of about $20K and looking for suggestions on venues that would fit with this pricetag. I’ve just started planning but read that venue/food/drink should be about half your budget. Ideally we’d love a place that has no rental fees (does that even exist?) so we could spend on great food, drinks, and music. But if some of this were included with the rental fee that would work too.
We live in San Francisco but willing to travel up to 4 hours in any direction. We’d like it to be outside. The date is flexible – sometime in 2015 – the only requirement is that it’s warm so on the coast in March wouldn’t work, but perhaps inland would. We will have somewhere between 85 – 100 guests.
Love the idea of having ceremony/reception in the same location but not married to it. A place like a farm/barn would be great but we are definitely not farm-y people so it would have to be a little less rustic.
Would love any ideas, tips, suggestions!
Post # 3
@jmsmith2: check out some restaurants and wineries in the tri- valley ( Casa Real, the Bridges) or in Sonoma/Napa. I highly recommend Tra Vigne in Calistoga, wonderful food there.
If you haven’t already, look at herecomesthegide.com
Also, any venues which are part of the state park system have low rental fees, so you can put more funds towards catering. Most of them let you bring your own alcohol too, which helps save $
Post # 4
@jmsmith2: +1 on public / state-owned property. I don’t think you can get away with no rental fees – after all they need SOMETHING but I got my Socal venue for a pretty low price that way.
Post # 5
The place I dreamed about before we got engaged was Pulgas Water Temple in Redwood City. It’s absolutely beautiful, and more importantly, cheap – only $500! But for that price you have restrictions – a 2 hour strict timeline (though Yelp reviews say sometimes the security is lax), only Saturdays, and you have to bring in all your own rentals.
If you can make it work, I’d be insanely jealous! (Our wedding is a Sunday so it was automatically out.)
Post # 6
Preservation Park in Oakland is affordable and you can choose to have it outdoor. We almost went this route but settled on Lafayette Park Hotel and Spa.