Post # 1
So I’m currently a little depressed 🙁 Everything, everything is out of our budget! Theknot.com venues for $$ were 125pp!! I have been on a mad goose chase to find a beautiful venue that I can actually afford without going to some crappy Wedding Factory! And unfortunately it seems my parents have found one in the area (I’m planning from Cali so theyre checking things out for me) and I’m worried about it because I can’t even find a review anywhere!
Does anyone know anything about this place? http://www.themeadowbrook.com/
Looks ok from the outside, but I have the feeling its going to be very dated on the inside. They host 3 weddings a day, and I’m concerned about that as well, but my parents were flipping over the small cost, and I’m really afraid that theyre going to push for this over everything else even if I hate it, if the food is bad, etc.
What my real question is, is it possible to have a Saturday evening reception in the NY NJ area for under 100pp? Locust Grove has a $6k site fee! I’m starting to hate the idea of even having a wedding now…
Thanks for your help in advance Bees!
Post # 3
My suggestion is to get the Bridal Bargains book. You can get it at http://www.google.com/products/catalog?rlz=1C1CHNB_enUS331US331&sourceid=chrome&q=bridal+bargains+book&um=1&ie=UTF-8&cid=5837836789169012969&ei=zylWS6PDJs6a8AbU-o2kBA&sa=X&oi=product_catalog_result&ct=result&resnum=4&ved=0CBoQ8wIwAw#ps-sellers for less than $8. I have it and it has GREAT suggestions for working a wedding on a budget. It has some great suggestions for finding cheaper venues also. Some of the things I can remember offhand is to look at rentals available through the state or county government. You can also try going to your city’s convention and visitor’s bureau. I was reading that one bride went there and specifically talked to the wedding consultant there who then sent out the bride’s info to surrounding hotels and then the hotels started calling her bidding on her business! That’s how it should be! Hope that is a good start. Good luck!
Post # 4
I thought I’d post an update as I’ve had a little more luck in finding places- still not in the budget I’d like to be at, but its doable.
I’ve found that renting a park area ends up being just as much money, with all the rentals and site fees it was already at 70pp. So that was out. My parents would never let me get married in a firehall, so that was out too. I was looking for a place to do under 90pp for everything on a Sat night. This is what I found:
Mountain View Manor: 70pp with beer and wine, add 5pp for liquor. No ceremony fee, but thats all I know for now. They are running “promotions” so I’ll have to see what thats about when I call back
Villa Borghese: They have 120 minimum on Saturdays, but that includes the band, photographer, any vendors.
No ceremony fee
$85-$95 packages for Sat night, tax included and they don’t automatically charge gratuity
Also includes flowers
She seemed really nice and willing to work with us
Catlin Gardens: Surprisingly 88pp for their 4 hour affair (+1/2hr for ceremony) Beautiful grounds, beautiful house, this was my first choice. But this is for the afternoon, and that wasn’t ideal. So I kept looking for somewhere to do it at night.
This plus the Meadowbrook wedding factory are on my final list now. Once they look at all of them (already saw Catlin and loved) we’ll make our decision. It was a bit more than I wanted to spend, but with my parents help I think I can still set a realistic budget.
If anyone has reviews of these venues I’d greatly appreciate it! Anything to convince my parents one way or another!
Post # 5
You should look into a Wedding at Windham Mountain!
Post # 6
OK, here’s my mini review. I went to a wedding at the Villa Borghese a few months back. IMO, it’s a wedding factory and I know you had said that’s something you’d like to stay away from. The pricing seems relatively inexpensive, but you do get what you pay for. I noticed at least 3 others weddings happening at the same time as the one I attended and they shuffled you into each reception room like cattle going in every direction. Food was forgettable but service was OK. Have you looked into the Garrison? Went to a wedding there that was very nice and I believe the pricing isn’t outrageous. Good luck in your search! 🙂
Post # 7
Thanks for the suggestion erika, but I just sent my parents a place that was 1 hr 40 min and they said it was too far : Half the problem is pleasing them!