(Closed) So bummed about venue options!

posted 8 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

cant you find a way to dress up one of the more “ghetto” looking ones? that can be a diy project of its own, you can use tulle or lights or anything that you like

Post # 4
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

Well, we went for the ghetto approach.  Here is the outside of our venue, a private club that is a converted warehouse:

And here is the inside on a normal night:

However, after adding a lot of DIY decor and lighting, here is what we ended up with:

Post # 5
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2011

I am sorry you are having such a hard time. Maybe if you post this on your local board and state what your venue budget is someone might have an option for you. You should also post what type of venue you are looking for. What type of setting are you looking for, etc.

Post # 6
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

We had a similar problem (we’re going back to our hometown of about 3,000 people to have our wedding — and the options were very limited but I wouldn’t call them ghetto).  Anyways, there is SO much that can be done to transform the venue.  Your guests will be amazed that it looks so different!!  Start focusing on the fun DIY projects and let the overprices venues slip your mind…you’ll feel better soon! 

Post # 7
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

I know what you mean! My Fiance and I live in a town with a population of about 100,000, and we both grew up in a city about an hour from here with a population of about 50,000. The town we live in now is a college town, so even though it is small it has some character, so we’re getting married here. 

We are getting married at Minnetrista in Muncie, IN. It was originally owned by the Ball Brothers (they made the cute blue mason jars Smile ) but now it’s a cultural center. We were able to get a space in the gardens area for a really reasonable price, and they let you use the entire gardens for the whole day for set up, pictures, etc (though the public is allowed in until about an hour before our ceremony).

It really was my dream wedding space, but my original dream was that the reception would be there too (far outside our budget when you add in all the rental prices). Once I got over that idea, it actually became very affordable.  

Our reception will be held in a local arts center nearby. The building is typically used for arts classes and theatrical productions, but they have 2 event rooms that are regularly used for receptions, etc. Because it’s an older building (it was once a Masonic Temple) the event rooms are beautiful ballroom style rooms with a sort of Art Deco feel. 

Try thinking outside the box. Parks, gardens, arts centers, even local colleges often have really interesting spaces available to rent out, you just might not realize that they’re there or that they will let you rent them. Our university’s Art Museum, for example, has a ballroom inside because it used to be the music/dance building. If you hadn’t been inside, you wouldn’t know it was there, but it would be perfect for a smaller reception. 

Point is, you aren’t limited to event halls and VFW lodges. Search all around your city, and if you see a place you think would make an interesting venue, just call up and ask about it. You never know!

Post # 8
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2011

I agree with the parks idea.  Plus museums or restaurants are also a good option or even a library.

Post # 9
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

Oh! I just remembered something I did when I was searching outside our city (I had considered some venues in Indianapolis). 

Check your city’s Chamber of Commerce. They often have websites where you can go in and search for businesses by business type, and this will give you LOADS of places you probably didn’t know existed. 

If they don’t have a website, try calling and asking if they have a directory of some kind that you can have. 

Hope that helps!

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