(Closed) Venue search on a budget makes you get creative!

posted 8 years ago in Baltimore
Post # 3
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

Oh my goodness thank you so much!  You just saved me a boatload of work – we are spending under $10K but since we’re skipping a bunch of the normal stuff (florist, dinner, bm dresses, tuxes, video) and going super cheap on others (dress, photog, rings, cake) these venues (mostly under $2K? $3K? $1K? do you know?) should be a _great_ starting place.  Like you, I want outside, one location, near Baltimore and DC. 

Since you’re so amazing, I don’t suppose you’ve looked at student photographers/photographer’s assistants at all, have you?  I’m thinking of starting with MICA; I could test them out by having a few engagement photos taken. 

Thanks again for posting this!!!

Post # 5
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

We _just_ got engaged on Weds – haven’t even told the parents yet!  But we don’t want a long engagement; we’re thinking sometime this year, not before April when my mom gets back from overseas assignment.  I’m vaguely thinking August because that’s when everyone in DC goes out of town so things might be cheaper.  It also depends on when my grandmother could come from California; traveling’s a huge deal for her.  So, basically, I have no idea!  I’d love to hear about your photographer info; I’ll let you know what I find too when I start looking more seriously. 

Post # 7
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

What information were you looking for specifically at the Marriott Baltimore Waterfront? Their package info is posted on their website:

http://www.marriott.com/hotelwebsites/us/b/bwiwf/bwiwf_pdf/EventsMenu1.pdf

I fell in love with hotel but it wasn’t a good for us. It is GORGEOUS hotel! You can also check out the Baltimore Renaissance (www.marriott.com/bwish) which is a little less expensive and has ballroom that overlooks the harbor.

We also toured Camden Yards, but it had weird space. One of the rooms had a lot of pillars and the other was set up like restaurant with different sections.

Post # 9
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

WOW! That is an amazing amount of venues there.  We have like 1/10th of that many venues in my area.

Post # 10
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

I also wanted to add Waverly Mansion in Howard County, MD.  My friend got married there in 2008 and it cost her around 1K to rent it.  She had to pay separately for rentals, etc. but managed to keep her wedding around 12 or 15K.

Post # 11
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

I’m getting married at http://www.theinnatbrookevillefarms.com near Olney Maryland.  My fiance and I found it to be quite reasonable because there isn’t a rental fee to use the space—just the catering fees.  And the staff was even willing to negotiate the cost down for us.  🙂

Post # 12
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 2010

@princess: you rock out!! i wish you were in baton rouge to give me all of that information lol!!!!

Post # 14
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2018 - Oakland Manor

Oh wow, I’m glad I could help – but your list is SO comprehensive. Where were you when I was venue hunting 😉

Post # 15
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

@princess.. any progress in the venue search? I too have been looking in the greater DC/MD area and came across many of the same places that you have in your list! Question for you though.. are you looking for just a venue for 10k or does that include anything else (like catering, etc)? Just wondering bc my FH and I hoping to keep our whole budget to 10-12k and many of those places require a minimum catering budget.. at least that’s what I found! Either way, good luck :)))

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