Post # 1
I can’t find a venue we agree on. Everything is too expensive or not what we’re looking for.
My FH works in the hospitality industry and has vetoed all hotels and banquet halls. All the estates/manions and public gardens we’ve looked at come out at $165+ a person and that’s a little more than we were looking to spend.
Please, I’m open to any and all suggestions. I live in Mississauga Ontario and am open to pretty much anywhere in the GTA
Post # 3
I’m sorry 🙁 Cut back on the guest list? I think that is what I’m going to end up doing, have a smaller wedding but really spoil my guests 🙂
Post # 4
We are getting married at the Old Mill Inn & Spa, our dinner/bar package is $100 per person, room rental is $300, chapel rental is $600. It’s a beautiful, one stop shop venue with gorgeous grounds for pictures as well.
Check it out!
Post # 5
Seeing as you’re from Mississauga, have you guys checked out Black Creek Pioneer Village? I would also hate hotels and banquet halls, lol.
Post # 6
Black Creek is on the list to check out. My FH doesn’t love being dragged around too much so I’m trying to narrow things down as much as I can first.
@minipenguin: our guest list is only about 100 people as it is and more than half of that is family.
Post # 7
We are getting married at a Scottish Rite Temple.
Only $1500 for the entire day, and they are letting us supply our own food and alcohol. There are no preferred vendors and few decorating restrictions, and it’s GORGEOUS.
You could also get a community center or VFW and use the money you save to completely trick it out with things like uplighting and draping.
ETA: Just saw you’re Canadian. Not sure whether you have Scottish Rite and VFW per se, but there must be some sort of Canadian equivalent of these things. Basically a great space that isn’t typically a wedding venue–they’re great if for no other reason than that they won’t nickel and dime you to death just because you’re a bride.
Post # 8
we’re checking out Black Creek Pioneer Village tomorrow and we’re also going to Otello’s banquet hall – i’ve convinced FH that perhaps they’re worth considering, especially seeing as this one is INCREDIBLY reasonably priced.
Post # 9
I’m not sure that this is exactly helpful, as I know it’s your FH who seems to be a little on the picky side (not a bad thing, that’s for sure, at least you know he has good taste!!) but for us, we had to change our “vision” of the perfect wedding in order to stay in budget and on a reasonable time frame for us.
I had envisioned something COMPLETELY different than what we are having (I wanted outdoor country wedding and we’re having indoor/outdoor CITY wedding), but I am finding ways to blend these two visions to create one awesome party. 🙂
Like someone else pointed out above, you could rent a very inexpensive community type center and invest some of the money you would save in outstanding decorations, or you guys could start to wrap your head around something different but find a middle ground in terms of style that pleases both of you.
Post # 10
bibbleskip We live in Arizona and I absolutely wanted grass but refused to use golf courses/hotels. Fiance and I both agreed that we wanted to avoid any kind of desert venue but grass doesn’t come cheep out here so we opted for a different route. After finding that the manors in our area were way over priced we got the idea of booking a vacation home! Everything has to be DIY because it wasn’t meant for weddings but it is so doable! Try vrbo.com and see if there are any homes in your area or anything with reasonable commute. Our venue is a 2 hour drive (at most) but, it is a huge cabin mansion that sleeps 33 people (great for out of town guests-renting for two nights) and offers beautiful scenery! We have a giant kitchen in the cabin and will have our caterer prepare the food on site in there.
Take a look!
Post # 11
so we love Black Creek (and really didn’t love the Banquet Hall) we’re now trying to decide between 2 venues – that are about 5k apart in price. I’m looking to see what we can make work but I think we’ll be going with Black Creek