(Closed) Ugly ceremony site.

posted 5 years ago in Ceremony
Post # 2
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Buzzing Beekeeper

If neither of you are religious could something other than a church be an option? A park would be low cost and much prettier than a stark church neither of you really are thrilled about

Post # 3
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2016

A park would not be a bad idea except what if it rains?

Post # 4
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Blushing bee

I’m not religous either so I could never get married in an ugly church… perhaps a nice one like your old church due to the stained glass. Look into doing it there, some churches don’t require you to be a practicing member.

Do you have a historic library near you? Or other historic building? I got married outside but in the woods a bit, like a 10 minute walk. I wasn’t worried about rain as the trees give you coverage from really getting anything on you. Also the pics can be cute with an umbrella… maybe even a rainbow?

Post # 6
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Buzzing bee

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nerk :  Are there any local community centers for rent? Art galleries? Cool restaurants?

Post # 7
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2016

Do you have any photos of the church?  Perhaps if you added some decor it would help. 

Depending on the time of day, candles can add a romantic glow and are cheap.  (hello Dollar Store!) 

Or…perhaps you can do double duty with some of your reception decor and then have family move it from the ceremony to the reception afterwards?  Like any flowers or other themed items? 

If none of that would make you feel a bit better about it I agree with previous posters about parks or other venues to consider.  Sometimes the courthouse itself has some beautiful rooms for ceremonies (depending again on how many people you have). 

Additionally—find out from your reception location if you can get a discount on a ceremony location.  Once you find out the cost, perhaps there’s something else you are willing to cut or adjust to save the money you spend on ceremony space?  (cheaper cake…adjusted dinner menu….maybe limited bar like only wine/beer, if you’re having one…or seeing if the flowers you like are “in season” and maybe adjusting there). 

If you haven’t officially booked the reception venue—maybe keep looking for a venue that offers both spaces in a lower price range?  Or consider an “off day” like a Friday wedding for a lower rental rate? 

I’m sure it will be beautiful no matter what!! 

 

Post # 8
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2016

Our local parks have pavilions you can rent so you’d be OK in case of rain. Look into B&B’s too. There are a lot of historic homes that do little packages for weddings. You say you have many such houses in your area; I can’t imagine that ALL of them are 3K. Sure, some will be, but you should definitely check it out.

Do you want to look back and think meh when you see the pictures of your actual wedding celebration and feel meh on “just a building?” Some people aren’t sentimental so I get it, but I can’t stop checking out our guest pics of the first kiss and exchanging rings and all that already! If you can afford it, it’s worth spending at least some money on something you’re happy with. Doesn’t have to be fancy, just doesn’t sound like either of you care too much for this church.

Post # 9
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2016

It sounds like the church could be neutral enough for some decor to liven it up if the walls are bare. Unless the carpeting is neon colored, nobody will notice the flooring as long as you don’t draw attention to it with something like an aisle runner.

Post # 10
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2016

How much extra is it to have the ceremony at the reception location? I can’t imagine it would be that much extra. And this would likely cut down on transportation and parking issues and also decorations. I bet after you factor those things in, it’s not much more than the plain church would be after decorating that location.  

Post # 11
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2015

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nerk :  I agree with PP and go to your old church and inquire about pricing. Although my husband and I are practicing Catholics, we never joined our parish but had NO issues having our wedding there, it just wasn’t required.

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