(Closed) Non-Traditional Ceremony Ideas

posted 8 years ago in Ceremony
Post # 3
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

Are you asking about ideas on where to have the ceremony? Or how to decorate it?

Post # 5
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

How big is your wedding? We had a non-denominational (well, no religion at all really) ceremony in a large house owned by a family friend, who we paid a token amount ($400) to use. We had it in the garden outstide, but if it had rained (which it sprinkled a bit, but only for a few min) we would have had it indoors. Perhaps a bed and breakfast, if your wedding is small enough?

Post # 6
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: February 2012

How about a camping trip destination wedding to a place like Algonquin Park? It’d be low budget and really cool, imo! Either that or have a wedding at a remote cabin in the woods? We’re planning on getting married at a Sugar Shack which is about an hour from civilization in the middle of the woods.

Post # 7
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

Check out some local parks or resorts.. Some bed & breakfast’s aren’t too expensive.. Luxory Hotels.. If you don’t have to do the reception at the same place as the ceremony some of those won’t be so expensive for just the ceremony. I looked at Opryland Hotel here in TN and the ceremony itself was just over $1000, it was the reception that was going to cost me an arm and leg.

Post # 9
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: September 2011 - Timber Lake Playhouse - Mt. Carroll, IL

Sounds exactly like ours! Same price point, want a non-traditional/religious ceremony. We are having ours at a local theater on stage. The seating is nice and it’s a different venue. 

Post # 11
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

With only 50 people you have a lot of options for non-traditional places.

A nice restaurant could work really well. One room for the ceremony and another for the reception. Even with a pretty expensive dinner you could probably do it all for around $5000

Post # 12
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

@eco-chic: i think destination weddings are great, but even with a small guest list I think it still a huge challenge! =) But def. worth the attempt! I would do it somewhere more so of a “drive-to-destination” Your in Chicago? Maybe a sweet park you two met at? or a Justice of the Peace and Brunch after? or Dinner?

I love having a small guest list! Makes things so much more intimate! Best of Luck!!

Post # 14
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: September 2011 - Timber Lake Playhouse - Mt. Carroll, IL

@eco-chic: Thanks! We’re so excited about having it in the theatre – because no one else has really done it before they gave it to us for cheaps! You can also look into (besides local theaters) college theater spaces, lecture halls etc. One’s that look nice of course. Well, for the reception we were originally going to have it outside the theater on the lawn (they don’t have a lobby and it’s in the middle of the woods). But I was nervous about rain & bugs – so we looked up local country clubs and finally settled on a golf course that has huge party/banquet rooms. Check out places where people host proms, school dances etc. Usually they are fairly nice but budget friendly! 

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