(Closed) Overwhelmed Bride HELP

posted 9 years ago in New York, Capital Region
Post # 3
7082 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2009

I wish I could help you, but I don’t know your area at all.  Hopefully some other helpful Bees will know!

Post # 4
1 posts
  • Wedding: December 1969

I think the baseball field idea sounds great! I would have never thought of that.

Originally, we were going to have ours at Saratoga State Park because I really wanted something low key, but it turned into a lot of work I just don’t have the energy for. But really, you can make the park idea as fancy or casual as you want. You could use the pavilion (in case it rains) and the caterer (if you use one) can replace the picnic tables with their tables. You’d also have to select your linens, cutlery, glassware etc, which the caterer could provide. You can even rent a dance floor (I think it’s anywhere from $500 to $1000) so you can still have your father/daughter dance etc. Renting the pavilions is usually only a couple hundred dollars. Using a caterer obviously drives up the cost, but they can handle most everything for you. Instead of the pavilion, you could also rent one of those big white tents.

I also checked out the National Museum of Dance. It’s about $1500-$1700 to rent, I think. You’d have to get a caterer there too. It’s really gorgeous and classy. You’re caterer could help make the decor what you want.

I think my fiancees sister got married at Eagle Crest. It was gorgeous.

We looked at a bunch of halls to rent out in Saratoga, but nothing was really us. We didn’t want to spend a fortune and wanted something more untraditional and less formal. We ended up finding a great place in Lake George called Dunhams Bay. We’ll have the ceremony across the street right next to the water. The reception is going to be buffet style. After the reception, we’re going to have a bonfire and hang out for longer with our friends and family who are staying overnight. This place really customizes to what you want.

Anyway, I hope this helps! Good luck.




Post # 5
14 posts
  • Wedding: October 2009


 I have a friend who is getting married at the Museum of Dance. I read what the other post stated as the rental fee, and if that’s correct, that’s a GREAT price for the area. We are getting married at the Canfield Casino, and we are spending about $4000 to rent the empty space. 

 The Museum of Dance is a smaller venue, btw… if you are looking to save, that can be a good thing – your guest list will be limited to about 75-80 people, and since that’s the space, people will not be offended by you having a smaller wedding. 

 If you get a place like that and need an outside caterer, I would suggest Classe Catering:


They can custom make a menu in ANY price – they are very good, and not unreasonable. Call about their group tastings. It’s about $25 per person, but they have a variety of foods to try and apply that $25 towards your amount due if you go with them. We did that, but the menu items we were interested in were not an option, They did a private tasting for us for free, and it was amazing! They work well with couples, and can really work with any budget and custom make a menu that fits! Personally, I liked having a venue where we brought in our own items – we were able to control the food options and pricing much better! 

Good luck!   


PS – there are also nice hotels in Saratoga: Marriott, Hilton, and the Inn at Saratoga.

 The Inn’s website is: 


If you are looking for a smaller, more intimate wedding, this could be a nice, classy option for a good price!  

Post # 6
200 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2008

Take a deep breath… you have plenty of time to decide where to have the reception.

If you are going to have it at a state park, and want the dances, you could still do them. You can see if there is a power suply hook up and have a DJ or if you know anyone with an I-pod and speakers, have them bring it and be "DJ" for the dances. Also make sure to have a back up plan in case it rains!

Have you thought about renting tents and dance floor and having it in someones (theat you know’s) beutiful backyard? I’m not sure if this would be a cheaper route or not, but it may be worth looking into.

Have you thought about doing the reception at your local elks club?

In my opinion the costs of weddings are rediculous. The recpetion costs can get out of hand with the open bar and meals, so if you’re trying to cut costs then I suggest cutting those two things out. 

Also if you want to cut back on the costs of the reception you could always have an afternoon reception say around 2-3 and serve punch a cookies or something like that instead of a full meal. If you wanted to party with the guests in the evening after that you could always tell them you’ll be ________ later and suggest they join you at for drinks and dancing (just make sure they know it’s not on you.)

Good luck, I’m sure you will find a solution that will meet your needs. 


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