Post # 1
Hi everyone, I need some help from you here. I have been trying to find a place anywhere from Central PA to Northern VA. Problem is, we are on a budget and the places we keep visiting keep pulling a bait and switch on us- telling us it is one price or no minimums then a week later we visit and they suddenly changed their policies. Any ideas on tried and true venues that we can keep our budget on? For reference, we loved the Lodges at Gettysburg and Riverdale Manor in Lancaster, PA, but they were the two who baited and switched on us. We are trying to find something with BYOB since that is how those places rob you blind, and something with a rustic glamour about it. Total wedding budget is $15000 for about 100-110 guests. Any suggestions would be helpful!
Post # 3
- Wedding: October 2011 - Bed & Breakfast
You may get a better response to this request on the MD board. I can’t think of anywhere that fits a “rustic glamour” theme. Maybe out in the Deep Creek Lake area?
Post # 4
I can’t really help on the theme, but if there are some places that you’ve liked, you might want to call them back and see what can be negotiated. For example, if you knock off a salad course, can they come down a few dollars? Also, inquire about any packages they offer for non-wedding events. I know a venue that I work with for a charity event has different packages they present to different customers. It’s not a matter of bait-and-switch with them, it’s that they present what most people hosting that type of event want. However, if you were to request an alternate menu or plan, they would work with you on it.
The BYOB element may be tough unless you go through a restaurant that’s BYOB. Most people don’t want that hassle, so many event halls do have a liquor license and can’t allow you to bring your own. I also wouldn’t inherently say they are trying to rob you blind on alcohol. Keep in mind that Pennsylvania has minimum markup laws and a state monopoly on all sales in the state so that most surrounding states offer cheaper options. The fact that a venue has to then add to the price to cover their costs of ordering, receiving, storing, and serving really isn’t surprising. So, just keep that in mind if you’re having any kind of event in Pennsylvania. If you pick the Keystone State, you also can’t legally take advantage of cheaper prices in border states. Sure, the cops are’t likely to target the average person coming across the border with a box full of booze, but they might if you’ve got several cases. So, once again, if you’re buying in the state legally, you’re facing minimum markups and the monopoly that hikes our prices.
I looked up the different committees for the charity I work with that are located in central Pennsylvania to see where they have been hosting their dinners. None of these probably fit your ideal, but I thought I’d throw them out there since I they seem to see repeat business by the other committees.
Lancaster Host Resort & Conference Center, Holiday Inn – York, Raddisson Harrisburg, Holiday Inn Harrisburg-Hershey
Post # 5
Check out Union Mills Homestead in Carroll County MD. They are super affordable, offer a variety of options for the ceremony location, and Im pretty sure you can BYOB. My family friends are the preferred caterer and are excellant. Ive also had a few friends get married there and its beautiful.
Here is someone who blogged a wedding there. http://www.lydiajane.com/2011/08/mr-and-mrs-ewing-union-mills-homestead.html
Post # 6
We’re doing Historic Inns of Annapolis. Their prices are online so you know they can’t change their story. It’s not BYOB but it is definitely in your price range.
Post # 8
I fell in love with this place, but it was farther than we wanted to travel. It is only like $1000 to rent it out though and then you could handle your own food/alcohol/etc.
Post # 9
- Wedding: July 2012 - Baltimore Museum of Industry
Have you looked at Ceresville mansion in Frederick? That was our number 2 choice-we ended up in Baltimore where we both live. They’re all-inclusive- in house catering, etc.- have linens, table decorations, etc. Really, really pretty venue. Not BYOB, but their pricing is good, and they make the process really simple.