Post # 1
Hi everyone! I’m newly engaged and hoping for your advice. I live in NYC and am on a tight budget for my Summer/early Fall 2018 wedding – $30k all in, so ideally $20k or less on venue + catering/booze. The guest count will be 150 max (hopefully more like 125). I am willing to travel anywhere in the northeast or mid-atlantic regions.
I was hoping to host a rustic wedding somewhere scenic or perhaps at a barn. I was thinking: outdoor ceremony and indoor reception at the same location. We just want to have something fun and relaxed in a pretty setting. We were even thinking of setting up beer pong, giant connect 4, giant Jenga, and other games outside if the budget allows.
I am open to a classic package that offers catering and everything included at the venue or the DIY, bring everything in and just rent the space method – whatever saves us the most money. Do any of you guys have venues like this to recommend? Or even just advice about the DIY vs all inclusive method in terms of cost-benefit.
Thanks so much in advance for your help! I thought I would love wedding planning, but now that I’m actually engaged my head is spinning and I don’t know where to begin.
Post # 2
Super surprised with the lack of responses haha – but, no worries I can offer up some options if you are interested in CT! Fiance and I were in the same boat about wanting rustic, but needing to find the line between full-service and bringing in tons of vendors (which can get super pricey when you have so many options laid out in front of you). Also, in our search we found a lot of these places booked out Saturday weddings 18 to 24 months in advance – so just start reaching out to get an idea of availability. Heres a list of places you can look into if you’d like:
1. Candlelight Farms Inn – http://www.candlelightfarmsinn.com/ (we really loved this place and it seems to be in alignment with what you guys are looking for)
2. The Webb Barn – https://webb-deane-stevens.org/weddings-event-rentals/
3. Tyrone Farm (I am not sure on pricing of this location) – http://tyronefarm.com/weddings/
4. Pavilion on Crystal Lake (it’s not a barn, but it’s super rustic and where we ultimately chose to say our ‘I Do’s’ … as long as you don’t commit to a bunch of add ons you can totally get everything in under budget!) – http://ctweddinggroup.com/ – also they have a package to add on the yard games you mentioned
5. I would say the Barns at Wesleyan Hills, but being a CT Wedding group bride myself I know how expensive this place could be … however you could probably get a good deal in off season! 🙂 If you want to know the prices they quoted me for a late fall 2017 wedding I am more than happy to share (same link above).
Happy wedding planning & congrats on your engagement!!!
Post # 3
clb713 : I second soon2bmrsg2017’s suggestion for The Webb Barn, in Wethersfield, CT. I’m a wedding photographer, and had a wedding this past fall across the street at the Keeny Memorial Center. The entire town is ADORABLE, and I walked all around the grounds of the Webb Barn while scounting photo locations. We did photos all around the grounds of the Keeny Center, around town, and then down the street at Old Wethersfield Cove on the water. I actually went into the little gift shop at the Webb Barn and talked with the employees – they were so friendly and nice!
Post # 4
I am a little late to the party here but if you havent found the right place yet and want to go the DIY route there is this new site called Mayflower Venues (https://www.mayflowervenues.com/) you should check out. They have some great rustic venues in a variety of New England locations and price points.
(full disclosure I work for Mayflower Venues. However I am a real person passionate about weddings and helping people find their perfect venue. So happy to help anyway I can)