Post # 1
First off, i appriciate my parents help with this wedding SO MUCH. We wouldnt be able to do this without them, but, the budget they have allowed us seems impossible to follow where we live. My step mom wants to cut costs by making our own food, and that cuts down the possible venues by so much! Nobody lets you bring your own food! Also, we want to invite a lot of people, we have big families, and lots of close friends, but all the venues that allow us to bring our own food are small, crappy banquet halls. We are young, and have a baby so I don’t want to wait to get married, but I just don’t know what to do. I plan on only getting married once, so I want to be happy with it. I’m no expecting some David Tuterra class wedding, but I just want to to be decent.
Anybody else live in Maine and find decently priced venues? Our budget is only about $3500?
Post # 3
Do you have any family with a large back yard that you could hold the wedding at? I’m sure you’ve already thought of that, but it is definitely your best et. Also, how many people are you hoping for?
Post # 4
sundaylou – Outdoor weddings are actually often more expensive because of the need to rent a tent incase of rain. Tents tha tI looked at are in the $1500 range.
brittney.sinnett – I know how tough it is! My fiance and I have to pay for our wedding ourselves and we’re trying to keep it under $5000. I’m not sure what part of Maine you’re from, or what venues you’re currently looking at, but I’d recommend looking at places that are as all-inclusive as possible. Some places don’t even include the costs of table, chairs, or linens! We’re having our reception at Le Club Calumet in Augusta, which is a french club. The hall rental is only $50 is you have a dinner service and there is no cost for the bartender. Our entire reception is going to be around $20/person with everything included except decorations. It’s a rather dated place, but it has huge ceilings and beautiful new wood floors. Cover up walls with tulle and it’ll be amazing.
So basically, look for halls that may not seem fancy, but can be dressed up nicely. Stay away from the big fancy places, as just the hall rental will be $5k!
Post # 5
Are you opposed to getting married in Stratham, NH?
What about Biddeford, Maine? There is a venue there that only costs about $1000 to rent.http://northdammillevents.com/about-us.htm Jody, with whom I had a lot of conversations, was really friendly and helpful. We chose another venue that was closer to my home because my grandfather can’t really travel.
Post # 5
Maybe you should accept that there are NO NICE VENUES that are gonna let you bring in hundreds of people and your mama’s pot roast and charge you less than $3500. You need to double or triple your budget and then maybe you’ll get a decent wedding. We paid over $12K for our wedding reception… 90 guests… and we got everything we wanted. I don’t mean to be mean but you can’t demand a perfect wedding with a Walmart pocketbook… just sayin.
Post # 6
erinfsimpson : This is a 4 year old post Erin. Why you dredge it up to be mean? Pretty sure they figured their situation out by now….
Post # 7
Kaymar : Just browsing… didn’t notice these posts were so old! Sorry about that! I think a lot of brides are looking for super cheap, but just a piece of advice… save up and get the venue and wedding you really want! That’s just my two cents.
Post # 8
You don’t mean to be mean but well…..Yes. Actually, you do.
I get that this was posted 5 years ago and your reply a week ago. But seriously? there are FAR better ways of wording a sentence and you chose the most hurtful words.
Either your social skills need tuning or you are an incredibly NASTY person.
That was not “a piece of advice” that was a judgemental attack.
“you can’t demand a perfect wedding with a Walmart pocketbook” That was beyond uncalled for.
No you can’t demand a perfect wedding on a low budget, but you shouldn’t have to settle for one you don’t like just because you don’t have $12,000 to toss around. She wasn’t demanding anything she was just asking. “I’m not expecting some David Tuterra class wedding, but I just want it to be decent.” That is what she said. Did you miss that part?
I seriously think you need to rethink how you treat people because that was a disgusting and unhelpful comment you just made. I hope this isn’t how you treat the people in your life.
Because you will be one very lonely person one day.