(Closed) Trouble Finding a Venue

posted 8 years ago in Seattle
Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2011

It would help us help you if you would tell us your budget, guest size, and if you want the place to caterer or have outside catering!

Post # 5
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

Ok, just want to make sure I understand.  The whole wedding budget is $5k or is that just for the venue?  Also if it’s the whole wedding, what do you have down for the budget of just the Venue?

 

Post # 7
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

What about local parks?  Or planning on a cake & punch reception instead of a whole meal?  I just know that in order to plan for 150 guests, I don’t think you will be able to get a dress, flowers, invitations, venue, + the millions of other little things that come up for $5000 and still plan to have a catered meal. Say you spend $2000 on your venue rental and it includes linens, chairs, tables etc.  And say you spend $500 on dress, groom attire, some flowers, decorations, cake, invites, etc.  That’s $2500 to spend on food, which gives you $16/person to spend.. but that’s even before the tax and the 20% gratuity for the caterers, so maybe take that down to $10-$12/person.  I’m not trying to burst your bubble, but I really think you need to break it all down so that you can get a realistic viewpoint on what venues you can realistically afford.  I definitely think you can have a very nice wedding on your budget, but you will just have to get creative.  Maybe cut your guest list?

 

Post # 8
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

A desserts theme at a local park could be a very affordable idea. You could purchase the cake and then make all kinds of desserts yourself. If you do something outside then you wouldn’t need to do a lot of flowers or decor.

You could also see if Gonzaga or another college in town rents out rooms.

Post # 10
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

@JB4evr: Another place to cut costs is invitations. Do everything by email or phone. It’s not usually recommended, but for the budget concious it could be a great sustitution. You could make a really cool virtual invitation and turn it into a PDF and then email it to your friends and family, rather than just a text email saying “So, you want to come to our wedding?”

For flowers: everything grocery store (possibly even the cake). I know David Tutera says to never do that, but people won’t notice the difference. It will really only matter to you – and make sure you don’t buy them too early (day of) because they will wilt faster. My friend had her bouquet of flowers from the grocery store and loved them. You can buy some ribbon and made your own cover for the stems.

If you do your wedding during the day, that is usually cheaper. You could try to find a church that has a conference room that comes furnished. That’s where most wedding receptions used to be held. Since you’re getting married in August in eastern Washington, outside should be perfect weather and I think that would be better than inside (plus you won’t have to do as much decorating).

Post # 11
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Newbee
  • Wedding: October 2010

Try The Sole Repair Shop

$500 rental fee which includes 50 chairs and tables for 60 ppl, votives

$25/hour for security (this is required)

$50 linen rental (for white linens only)

Must use their bar for alcohol, but can use your own catering.

Venue is a loft that has a max capacity of 120 ppl

Seated dinner upstairs has max capacity of 82, but you can do more if you do cocktail/appetizers.

We are having our wedding here in October.

Contact Stacey at [email protected]

http://www.solerepairshop.com/

Post # 12
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

FYI, Sole Repair is sooo cramped once you get more than 100 people in there.  My friend hosted his 30th birthday party there with probably the same size guest list as you’re thinking, and it was wall to wall people (and there weren’t even any tables).  Just an FYI.  For a smaller group or appetizer/cocktail reception it would work well.

However, also keep in mind that if you invite 135, they won’t all show up.  Probably you should estimate a little over 100, less if a lot of people have to travel from out of town….

Post # 14
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2011

I am glad that you found a venue. I was going to suggest Thornewood Castle at http://www.thornewoodcastle.com. That is where we are having out ceremony. They have good prices and they also have a lot that is included with their base price.

Post # 16
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

i definately second thornewood castle! we are having our wedding there and at first we saw it it was way out of our budget but then we realized all it came with and it came to the same cost if we had it at this other cheaper place that didnt include anything and had to rent everything. If you do it on a weekday, which i know alot of people are against, but we did it and it saved us a few thousand. the venue comes with chairs, linens, tables,  and has a staff to set up the chairs for ceremony and reception! Comes with a room to get ready, and beautiful centerpieces that are optional. They even have a sound system to hook a laptop or ipod to which saves cost on a dj, and the sound system sounds really good. Plus they have the sound system speakers in the reception area and the dance area, so you can have music while eating, and for dancing without moving anything. A big thing that was an issue while looking for a venue was the parking since we live near seattle, and at thornewood they have a parking lot so no street parking. Its a gorgeous venue and im not someone who works there trying to spread the word lol you can message me if youd like. the castle sits next to a lake. its a great price, great place, and you get to get married in a castle! XD

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