Post # 1
I am looking for an outdoor/rustic venue in New England (Southern/central NH, Southern Maine, or Northern MA) where you can bring your own alcohol to be able to provide an open bar without blowing my budget. I am hoping to spend up to $15000 for everything with 80-100 guests. I am looking at June 2015.
Post # 3
Maudslay state park has a playhouse you can rent…it’s gorgeous there, and I would’ve gone with it but the guy is AWFUL about getting back to people and I have no patience for that. The guy who you talk to use the grounds for a ceremony is super nice, and it’s only $75 to do that. It’s BYOB, there are tons of gorgeous wedding pics there to view online too.
There is also Tupelo Music Hall in Londonderry NH. Very offbeat, but cute. Here’s pics from a wedding there…I liked that they used Mac’s for pictures. http://www.justinejohnsonblog.com/becky-jim-married-10-07-12-tupelo-music-hall-wedding-londonderry-new-hampshire-wedding-photographer/ There are lots of catering places in Salem/Derry that can cover the food fairly inexpensively.
With both of those places you can very easily stay under your budget. I was looking around and planning on keeping things under 10k.
I contacted gig masters because I wanted to find out how much it would be to hire a licensed bartender and it’s only a couple hundred, which is well worth it to take the drink liability off of you. I changed my mind on keeping it local because I knew the guest list would get out of hand for us so we’re going to the white mountains instead.
Post # 4
@allison121: Just wondering if you’ve had any luck with finding a venue? I’m looking for the same exact criteria and am not having much luck.
Post # 4
I am in the same boat as you..However the max amt of people on my list is 75. Good luck! I’m still looking too!
Post # 5
I don’t think this place is BYOB so that might be an issue, but I can’t imagine it’s overly expensive. I’m using one of their preferred caterers and our total for a seated meal with a TON of stuff at cocktail hour (5+ passed apps, multiple stations) was $60/pp. I’m sure they’d be willing to work out a budget you’d be happy with. I think it’s lovely!
Laudholm farm in Wells, ME is nice. The rental fee is steep but you get to coordinate everything on your own. They only have one weekend in June left for 2015 though.
Odiron State Park in Rye, NH is another possibility if you’re not opposed to a tented wedding.
Your other options is to call around to orchards/farms and ask if they’d be willing to host. Be nice about it ( I was driving by and fell in love!) and some of them may say yes. I had friends find a few places in Midcoast Maine willing to do that.
My only other tip would be to not eliminate places simply because they aren’t BYOB. Usually those places don’t have the setup on site ( like tables and chairs or a tent). Those aren’t always cheap to rent. I would really crunch the numbers to make sure you’d end up spending less!
Post # 6
Not sure if you still need a venue, but we went with Monadnock Berries in Troy, NH (just south of Keene). It overlooks Mt. Monadnock and the family that owns it is wicked nice and very easy to work with. We’re getting married there in June and they still apparently have some dates open for this summer. We’re bringing our own beer and wine that my fiance and I make, as well as using a BBQ place as our caterer (KC’s Rib Shack in Manchester).