Post # 1
Ok, we are trying our best to make our super tight budget work. A big part of it working will have to do with finding a venue space we can afford. There is no way we can afford hotel or restaurant space. We aren’t really from the area so none of our friends have homes that would work for a reception. And to top it all off we are not religous and have no intested in trying to make a church space work because I feel like it would be dishonest since neither of us accept church doctorine.
Anyone out there have any suggestions of affordable spaces that might work for us? We live in Hampton Roads, virginia! I have already tried, museums, aquarium, botanical gardens, etc. We can swing $1000 if there is something like chairs and tables included but if it is bare bones $500 is the best we can muster.
Post # 3
One of my friends had their wedding reception at the lake, understand one of the shelter-areas with picnic tables. They moved all the picnic tables to outside the shelter, and inside the shelter was the dance floor. It was fun! Only downfall is you hope it doesn’t rain!
Post # 4
Try asking a wedding coordinator in your area if they know of any vacation rental houses that allow weddings. If you try to search them all out yourself on VRBO or HomeAway it will take FOR-EV-ERRRR (<< speaking from experience) because owners/managers usually won’t specify whether or not they do weddings on their property’s page, and so you have to contact and get a hold of every single one, ask if they do, and wait for a response. Awful.
But this can be a much less expensive way to have a venue without having a “venue” per se. I found a house that some of our guests from the mainland will likely stay in that offers weddings for only a $150 event fee! There are some great ones out there. Ask around and good luck!
Post # 5
I had my wedding in Sandbridge beach this past May at one of siebert realty’s event houses. Here is one house that could work for your budget as a 3 day rental if you are able to push your date until 9/15 or later next year. It worked great for us, and as a bonus we had the entire bridal party stay in the house with us.
Post # 6
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You can try VFW halls or the Knights of Columbus. They sometimes have really cute little places to get married in. Also, aren’t you near the ocean? Are there any parks nearby?
Post # 7
@cwharrison: I don’t have any good suggestions for you. We lucked out and had a free venue.
Just wanted to say I love your avatar. Do you show Arabians?
Post # 8
Go to Practical Wedding. They are starting an Practical Venue section, although it won’t be live for a few weeks. Maybe they’ll have some suggestions for you…
Also, look into restaurants. Some have great locations that hold small groups or really large groups.
Post # 9
Are there any community parks or anything that you could rent? Most of the time those places have a minimal rental fee.
Post # 10
The biggest problem I have found with parks (state and city) is that there is no alcohol permited…bummer. Right now the top running is the local farmers market parking lot, to exactly as bad as it sounds, but I am not excited about the option.
@cleve_girl01 – yes, I ride and show professionally. Mostly arabs but we are branching more
Post # 11
We’re going to have our wedding in a historical home, located inside a nature preserve.
Think places people have events sometimes but no neccesarily weddings.
Tables and Chairs are included for us but there’s no staff so we have to set up and break down. It’s a lot of work but it was either set up some tables and chairs or cut out people that are near and dear on our guest list.
So, just to repeat, think outside the norm.