Post # 1
Ok, so I am new to Wedding Bee as a poster – however, I have been to the site many times as an onlooker for advice! So bare with me as I try to explain the situaiton! 🙂 I am newly engaged and we live in the Atlanta area. My fiance and I reallywant an outdoor wedding somewhere with beautiful scenery with reception to follow – hopefully in the same place but woud consider having a reception somewhere different. We want to be able to have music at both the reception and the wedding and we also want to be able to provide our own alcohol. food, etc. I know a lot of venies require you to use their approved list of caterers but we are on a limited budget and have found a way to do the food ourselves (we have a friend who caters and he said he woud do it for us for cost – can’t beat that!) Also, due to our limited budget (around $5,000 as of now – could be more) we would like to find a venue that has very reasonable prices and allows us to bring everything ourselves. Except maybe the tables and chairs! We are open to many different ideas and have looked into some state parks and things like that. There are so many different options in our area and the surrounding area and I am completely overwhelmed! Does anyone know of any state parks that would allow us to have alcohol and music and bring our own food? What about private rentals – like a farm or something? We anticipate having about 150-200 people at our weddind because my fiance has a HUGE family! Also, I have heard about having a food truck to do the catering for an outdoor reception – if we decided to go that route instead of using our friend – has anyone done that or heard of that? From what I understand it is pretty cheap! Any help or advice would be greatly appreciated!!!
Post # 3
Our wedding was at the Solarium in Oakhurst/Decatur in 2010. If you can find someone in that zip code to sign the contract, it’s half price. We got married over Labor Day weekend – on Sunday – and they still gave us the Sunday rate. I think it was $900 total for the venue. It had an outdoor brick patio area, and we had a short ceremony, so our guests stood, though we had about 2 rows of chairs up front for older folks. We then went right inside the venue. Tables and wooden/white chairs were included in the rental fee. We brought in our own caterer and booze, etc. Only about 75 people at my wedding, but if you added a tent, it’d be doable.
We also looked at the Roswell River Landing.
Post # 4
I was going to metnion the solarioum.
Post # 5
Hopefully this will help. I am having my wedding at he Duluth Festival Center. Bethann is very helpful, and you can bring your own everything. The venue has many options and I have a guest list of 175 ppl. Good luck to you
Post # 6
I am having my wedding at the Huntcliff River Club in Atlanta along the Chatahoochee River. Outdoor ceremony, clubhouse receptions. There are 155 chairs so that is the max for seated meal, but if you were doing hors’ doerve reception you could have plenty more and spread out. For the rental, you get the entire clubhouse area all to yourself. They provide tables and chairs- everything else is you. PM me if you want to see some pics of the venue.
Also, the Avondale Lake House in Avondale Estates is very pretty, inexpensive, bring what you want and enough space if you plan to use a tent on the terrace as well as the room.
Post # 7
I’ll second the Roswell River Landing option, they are pretty inexpensive, you can have your ceremony outside and your reception inside or outside. They allow you to bring food and drinks as well. We looked at it and it was nice, unfortunately they get booked pretty quickly so make sure to check it out asap. Oh and it will hold that amount of guests pretty well. The other place we checked was The Mansell House and Gardens, they charge only $1000.00 for pretty much all day long, I think 8am to midnight. I really wanted this place but my Fiance wanted an indoor reception (we were only looking for a reception place, since our ceremony took place at a church). They allowyou to bring pretty much anything you want to, and that’s to say a lot since they are a historic house.
Finally the place we held our reception at was the The Roswell Historic Cottage, this place is pretty cool as well, it’s pretty rusticish, they allow you to bring food and drinks, they even have an area for your bartender. Very affordable as well. Only thing I guess, is not an outside reception place. I loved it though. It worked for us.
A plus on all of these places was their managers, they were all super nice and accomodating.
Anyway, I hope I was able to help you. Good luck. :-))
Post # 8
My brother and his wife had their wedding at Red Top Mountain State Park, which was beautiful! The ceremony itself was outside, right by a lake, and the reception was in a large shelter (which, as I recall, did have walls—just very large windows, I think? It’s been too long!). As far as I know, the park didn’t have any requirements in terms of caterers.
One thing I will say: their wedding was a few weeks later than yours, but it was VERY warm during the outdoor cermony! One of the groomsmen fainted dead away.
Post # 10
Thank y’all so much for the suggestions!! I will look into all of these! 🙂