Post # 1
We’re looking to have an affordable wedding (i.e. less than 15k) with about 100-110 people. It seems like bringing in your own caterer and alcohol would save money, but it’s been hard to find places that allow this. We’re most attracted to barns, farms, camps, settings with New England charm, etc. We’d love to find a place where people can sleep nearby or at the venue. And we’re looking to get married between Aug-Oct 2013. And ideally, within 3hours of Boston but more than 1hour away.
I know that’s asking alot, but if anyone knows of a place, we’d LOVE to hear from you! THANKS SO MUCH!
Post # 3
The weddings at this place are so beautiful, it is ridiculous. I almost got married here, but decided to do a winter wedding instead.
Winery ~ Distillery ~ Catering & Events
Look at the “Picture gallery” for some pictures. Also, they do etching of wine glasses on site, so you can use those for favors. It’s really affordable, too.
Post # 4
We are getting married at mount hope farm in Bristol RI. They have an inn as well. You have to use the caterers on their list which could get pricey but you could do a barbque or clam bake.
or look at he meeting house in tiverton ri or Kinney Bungalow in Narragansett ri http://www.themeetinghouse.info http://www.kinneybungalow.com
Wispering pines conference center is nice. it is not a farm, but it is very rustic and they can accomadate alot of guests overnight. I went to a wedding there. It was 10years ago but it was really nice and the food was very good.
Post # 5
@Tiffmax: What about the Topsfield Commons? Lovely spot and I think really afforable– def BYOB too!
Post # 6
I got married at Whispering Pines Conference Center and it was perfect. There is a lot of rustic charm and it’s so convienent because everyone can stay there. It can be a little pricey but the food is amazing and they will even provide a campfire after the reception with s’mores.
Post # 7
@Tiffmax: Hi Tiff! I am in exactly the same boat. I have been looking for a venue with similar characteristics for similar timing.
– Someone earlier suggested Flag Hill in New Hampshire. I spoke with them, and as of 2 months ago they were entirely SOLD OUT for 2013!!! That’s a little absurd!!!
– We visited Essex Conference Center and Retreat in Essex, MA which is beautiful and affordable and you can stay on site. Unfortunately, they did not have any of the dates we were hoping for, but they’re worth a look if you’re flexible on dates.
– We’re also considering Arrowhead Acres in Uxbridge, MA and Publick House in Sturbridge, MA, although they have some drawbacks which I’m happy to talk to you about in a private message if you’d like.
I’ll keep my eye on this thread as we are also still looking! Thanks!
Post # 9
I’m getting married at the Lyman Estate in Waltham. They have a preferred list of caterers, so that can add up (we managed to stay within our budget though). However, they allow you to bring in your own alcohol and the caterer provides he bartender.
One of the other places we looked at was the Endicott Estate in Dedham. They let you bring in any caterer and alcohol, so it’s definitely worth a look. The building itself is very nice, but we opted for Lyman because we liked the grounds more and they recently renovated so it’s in better conditon.
Hoever, with 100+ people you wouldn’t be able to have them all seated in one room (at either place). The largest rooms just aren’t big enough. You can rent a tent, or split people into different rooms if that’s an option. The space isn’t huge, so it’s not totally segregated. They also have rooms very close to the main ballroom. We have only 70 guests (and now it’s a hard cut off), so we can all tightly fit into the ballroom at Lyman.
Post # 10
Thanks ladies for all of your responses! We ended up choosing a country inn up in Jackson, New Husband called the Wentworth. The inn itself is beautiful, and the town is charming, and absolutely quintessential New England. All of our guests can stay at the inn or within walking distance. And the church is directly across the street. Our reception will be in a tent behind it.
So far, the wedding coordinator there and the owners have been WONDERFUL!
Thanks again for all of your suggestions! We looked into all of them! A lot of it came down to availability for our preferred weekend, and far enough away from Boston.
Post # 11
@Tiffmax: That’s where I’m getting married in less than a month!! Great choice!!!