(Closed) Outdoor wedding on a low budget

posted 10 years ago in Boston
Post # 3
98 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

Your bio says you are in Lancaster, MA so i did a little quick Googling and found this page that lists all the parks in your area:


Looks like there are lots to choose from!

Oh and here’s the site when you can print the Massachusetts Dept of Conservation & Recreation’s Special Use Permit:


And here you can see all the parks in Mass listed as having "Group Day use" facilities:


Hope this helps!

Post # 5
290 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2008

Parks are a great place to start!!! We are getting married in a local park that has a big island in the pond. It has a big stone bridge that crosses over to the island that is just gorgeous. There is no cost to use the park, we just had to contact them to reserve the island for the day. We are doing everything ourselves too and was thrilled when I was able to reserve it for nothing. I would check your local or state parks and go from there. As much as we would love to cater to everyone’s needs, just remember this is your day and if you find a place you love then go for it. You may also check out universities in your area to see what kind of places are available that may work for weddings. We have a nice chapel at ours and also a golf course that has some nice grounds areas. Sometimes you can find some unique landscaped areas there.

Post # 6
735 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2009

I would also check the community centers in your area. They usually have the table and chairs there and pretty easy to have food/bar set up.

Post # 7
191 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

You should check out the Larz Anderson Park in Brookline. It’s very beautiful there, but people would need a car or some other mode of transportaion there.  They actually have this area where there are about 5 grills and a bunch of picnic tables that’s sheltered.  It’s pretty inexpensive to have a wedding there. The only setback is that they do not permit alcohol in the park.

Post # 8
443 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2009

I agree for the ceremony you should look in to your local parks, there usually isnt a fee, and if there is its short money. If you want the reception there, the only problem is that you wouldn’t be allowed to have alcohol on the premises like Joanne said. Another option is seeing if any friends or relatives would be willing to let you have the reception in their backyard? To save money you could also do an early afternoon wedding and just have a cocktail reception with appetizers and wine and a signature drink, or do an evening wedding as the sun sets (how romantic) and just have a dessert and champagne reception.

We too, like you are trying to do an outdoor wedding on a budget. I’m lucky enough to have relatives that live right on the st. lawerence river that are letting us have our ceremony and reception in their backyard. The view is absolutely gorgeous so we dont need to do much in the way of decorating. The most expensive things will be party rentals (tents, tables chairs, linens, etc.) and the food. My advice to you would be to try and keep it as simple (but still classy) as possible, and keep the guest list small (immediate family and close friends only). You will also save hundreds if not thousands of dollars by doing the flowers yourselves. You can stick with wildflowers for the outdoorsy feel, and they’re cheaper than roses and lilies. Also try Sams Club to buy your flowers in bulk!! (Im doing that, I can get 150 white roses for $85!!) If you dont have any flower arranging experience, there’s tons of tutorials on the net.

Best of luck to a fellow budget bride!!

Post # 9
68 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

Maybe think about Roche brothers catering.  Roche Brothers has excellent food-and they offer full catering for a fraction of what other caters charge.  Good luck!

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