Post # 1
I’m kind of stalled out on wedding planning, which is frustrating since I was hoping for a short-ish engagement. I’m mostly getting stuck on trying to find a good venue for something small. There are a lot of option for the ceremony part (beach etc), but most reception options I’m seeing are for larger groups and I’d prefer something small. Any suggestions are appreciated.
Post # 2
how small are you talking? i had my wedding reception in the backyard of my childhood home, there were about 80 people and it was fantastic because it was “home” and also, the price was right 🙂
Post # 3
Soph45: How many guests? Have you checked out restaurants with private rooms?
Post # 4
OP, check out parks, a gazebo could be cute for a small wedding. Historical homes can often only do a small amount of guests as well.
BlushingBride4-11: I’d love to hear more about your wedding! I’m trying to do something similar.
Post # 5
shortstop: Hi! Aboslutely – what would you like to know? I actually had 2 wedding ceremonies and 2 receptions (I have bitterly divorced parents who refuse to see each other under any circumstances who live on opposite sides of the country and husband’s family and my family are also on opposite sides of the country. So we got married at the courthouse ALONE so there was no “playing favorites” and then we did a short ceremony with a reception in 2 locations) – and we did both at home. The first was at my childhood home with about 80 people (mostly my friends and family) and the second was at my mom’s current home with about 40 people (mostly hubby’s friends and family). The first is in a more rural area, so parking was easier. The ceremony was outside and then the reception was in a big tent. The house has several bathrooms so that wasn’t a concern but we rented a few of those deluxe portapotty things too (the ones with the sinks and stuff), just in case it was easier for people but i think most people just used the real bathrooms in the house. the second was a little tricker for parking because my mom lives in a more urban area but since it was a Saturday, that made it easier. most people were able to just park on her street, but there was a little “overflow” parking at an office building that is less than a block from her house, so it worked out too. we had both the ceremony and the reception in the backyard. the first one was catered and more fancy but for the second, my mom and auntie did all the cooking (which was totally managable for 40 people) and the only thing (food-wise) that had to be brought in was the wedding cake. we also had a wedding piñata – and the pics from that remain one of my fave things about the whole evening. i really, REALLY loved having everything at home – it allowed for a general laidback atmosphere and flexibility that we wouldn’t have had elsewhere. we were able to have our dog there (who is definitely a family member for us!), we were easily able to accomodate a few last minute guests who didn’t think they were going to be able to attend and then were able to at the last minute, me and my attendants got to get ready in the comfort of a real house with all the possible “emergency supplies” we might need, there were tons of people around to help out with EVERYTHING. i wouldn’t have done it any other way.
Post # 6
Soph45: I’ve found the cheapest option for small groups is to reserve a private room at a restaurant
Post # 7
I know what you mean we are havin 50-60 guests and we found it very hard to meet there requirments. We found the resterant are a good option. Also, if you are willing to get married on the weekdays places always seem to be able to accomidate you. I’m not sure what state you live in but here is southern CA it was tough. You might also want to check parks and beaches. There are party planner the specialize in those type of envent that are most helpful.