Post # 1
I’m from Washington state, Puyallup area, and am looking for an affordable venue. My overall budget is $5000 for my whole wedding and am expecting 200 people. It seems like a far stretch, but I’m hoping I can find a cheap place for everyone before I start cutting the guest list. I want to make my own food, and so many places require you use their catering. Any cheap venues that people know or advice would be amazing. Thank you!
Post # 2
Try parks that have a banquet-type room. Otherwise, your budget with that number of guests is going to be pretty tough!!
Post # 3
Your numbers do make it more difficult for the cheaper options, but in general look for places that do not advertise as wedding venues. Parks, resturants, bars, city community centers, zoos, hotels. Anyone that does events but does not present as a wedding venue.
Post # 4
Since you’re in Washington I’d say look at state parks as they only charge a small site fee. 200 people and that price point is going to be tough. My budget is $4000 for 35 people and that is still difficult – however that is including food so I imagine if I was making my own it’d be a lot cheaper. I’d recommend doing a brunch type wedding as that will cut out the cost of alcohol
Post # 5
Thank you all! I have a big family (35 first cousins) and that’s just my side of the family! It makes it hard to have a small guest list. Your advice is very appreciated!
Post # 6
I would also consider condo association or HOA clubhouse facilities.
Post # 7
naomigrace : Try a community center or a church rec room. They will probably also have tables and chairs and a basic sound system. Whereas if you do a park their might not be enough seated space for 200 people. I’d also suggest doing a wedding no where near meal time. If your budget is 5,000 and you have 200 people that’s $25 per person and cooking for 200 people sounds like a nightmare
Post # 8
Do you have catering experience and have you cooked for 200 people before?
Post # 9
I reallythink you need to cut your guest list. If your budget is $5000 for the whole wedding, then once you buy your dress and his suit, get your photographer, get rings, pay your officiant – you’re not going to have enough to buy even quality ingredients for 200. I say cut the first cousins, especially the ones you aren’t especially close to. Could you just have parents, siblings, grandparents and a couple of close friends.
Cooking for 200 on your wedding day sounds hellish. And then you’ll need to get plates and cookware and glassware for 200… don’t do this to yourself.
Post # 10
Cooking for 200 people on your wedding day is 1) insane and 2) still going to cost a lot of money! You need to cut your guest list, up your budget, and/or plan your wedding for a non-meal time.
Post # 11
Schools/colleges sometimes can be rented cheaply for event space.
With your budget and headcount, you should consider a cake and punch reception instead. And even then, you’ll need to cut the guest list. (It’s not clear to me if the $5,000 includes your dress, his suit, the officiants fee, cost for marriage licens, etc).
Post # 12
- Wedding: July 2017 - The Lodge at Little Seneca Creek
We went with a lodge owend by a nearby country’s park and recreation. It worked for our budget but would be half of yours. I live near DC, though, so the prices might be higher here than in Washington state. My sister is getting married on Cape Cod, which is usually even more expensive than here, but she found a lovely town hall that’s very New-England-y and very affordable at only $200. If you search enough, I’m sure you’ll find something that works for you. Good luck!