Post # 1
So my fiance and I are really discouraged. We’ve been engaged for about three months and have this “perfect wedding” in mind, the only problem, we can’t afford it. He’s finishing up his masters degree, and I’m still in school working simply as a nanny to get by. We can’t afford much, but we don’t want to settle.
We’re looking for a low-budget Minnesota wedding in September (yes it’s on a sunday!!), but aren’t having a whole lot of luck 😛
When I say low-budget, I mean, less than 5k.
We were looking into getting a park permit and having the ceremony/reception there then we can decorate how we want, but I can’t find any parks I like! And I definitely don’t want my wedding looking “cheap.”
any minnesotan brides who can offer some help??
ps I’m a huge fan of DIY!
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I am getting married at a family farm in Minnesota. Do you know any friend/family with a location they own?
I am doing an 11:00 AM ceremony followed by lunch, games, socializing, magic, and a bouncy castle for the kids.
Post # 4
wedding4carolyn, yes I’d think a farm/barn idea would be adorable for the vintage look we’re going for, but no, I don’t know of anyone with a barn or farm – and it seems that those are some of the most expensive to rent out! Weird…
Post # 5
Bummer that you don’t know anyone with one.
Try asking people if THEY have friends or family with one. it’s all about who you know knows. 🙂
Where I’m from there are town halls in the country that can be for rent. It’s like a community hall, but in the country. They’re all over in northern Minnesota.
Campgrounds, Dude Ranch owners, Parks, Sledding hills, etc. are all over our state. Try looking for someplace where you could do an outdoor activity, and then see if they have a building or a site that would be usable.
Best of luck to find one!
Post # 6
If you absolutely can’t find something you love on an affordable budget, you might want to consider pushing back the date. September is an expensive month to get married, and choosing a different month can lower prices and give you more time to save up.
Post # 7
well we had chosen September for a number of reasons, the main being that that weekend was the time that was convenient for our photographer, because she books up really quickly.
I honestly had thought that may-august were still the most popular months to marry, and had no idea that September had become the most popular when we picked the date!
He’s a teacher, so putting the wedding off til later in the year might not work so well. It’s so frustrating!
But thank you for the advice!
Post # 8
Where in Minnesota are you thinking? That would help us out a lot for coming up with ideas.
Post # 9
anywhere in the metro area, I currently live near Elk-River. But he is from NY, so we have a lot of people flying .. So anywhere from Minneapolis/St. Paul-an hour north??
and even like Stillwater we’ve looked at, so mostly central Minnesota.
Post # 10
Check out Schaar’s Bluff Gathering Center at Spring Lake Park Reserve! That’s where I am getting married and it is absolutely gorgeous. It was built a year or two ago and the building is really beautiful, on a bluff with floor to ceiling windows overlooking the Mississippi. It is in Hastings so a bit of a drive south of the metro but SO worth it! I think for 2010 it is $500 for a 6 hour block of time you can have your ceremony and reception there and they have an open catering policy which means you can select someone to cater within your budget OR they even allow you to do the food yourself! Amazing! We are doing a Saturday afternoon ceremony with a lunch reception. We are making cute little gable box lunches for everyone. Our budget was about $5k too and you could definitely make it work! I had a really hard time finding something inexpensive but nice at the same time. Definitely check it out or PM me if you have any questions about it!
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I’m getting married in August in Minnesota too, and had the exact same problem as you. We’re doing ours for under 5K as well, and wanted a vintage/rustic look at a barn, or garden, or something. We’ve finally settled on a city park in the suburb where my parents live. The grounds are pretty, and although the shelter isn’t my favorite, it was only $150 to rent the place for the whole day. This means we get to use most of our budget on any kind of food we want (the most important thing for us) and decorating the place to get the look we (okay, I) want.
I think my point is: don’t give up yet, but it’s okay to compromise on some things if you must. Good luck!
Post # 13
@jduck84 – which park did you decide to have your wedding?
Post # 14
Check out St. Louis Park – they have great parks. The Amphitheater or the Rec Center and SUPER cheap.
Or Ramsey County has a TON of great options as well.
And here are all the costs for parks in Hennepin County
Post # 15
Lake Ann in Chanhassen. It was also one of the few cities around here I found that would let me book for next year (this was in June). Again, not exactly the “rustic” look I was going for, but with decor and such, I think it will work out.
Post # 16
I feel your pain getting married in the MN as well, family is coming from Cali, 5k budget .. his family says dinner.. my family says desserts.
For a reception hall we booked the rosmount communtiy center , it cost about $350 if you book on a sunday. They let you bring in your own food and have a full ktichen.. and a large dance floor! http://www.ci.rosemount.mn.us/ click community centr/ice rink on left side
For food we are thinking of useing this little piggys catering and doing a whole hog roast not sure yet, . How many people are you having?.They give online estimates thislittlepiggycatering.com
Flowers either farmers market (St.Pual)or you can order flowers in bulk from Sam’s Club they have pretty good prices.
Brides maid dresses. amazon.com Strapless Satin Formal Bridesmaid by pacificplex they have alot of colors to chose from they are under $50.00!.
Look on craigslist for your dress, you can find ones for under $200 yes they have been worn but only once :o)