- 6 years ago
- Wedding: October 2016
My Fiance and I are on a tight budget. We want to spend no more than $3k for our wedding which is in October 2017.
Yesterday we checked out a venue that is local to us and a good inbetween spot between his family that live 2 – 3hours away and my family that lives 1 -2 hours away. The venue is a park that has good area for our number of guests (no official count yet but our list is under 50). We would hold the reception and the ceremony there. The park also has a large house which has several rooms to rent out. We are considering renting the whole house/grounds and it would cost $550.00. There is a very large kitchen ( friend is catering for us, we just need to pay for the food costs), plenty of tables and chairs, bathrooms, and there is spot for electricity outside. One of the rooms in the building is perfect for dancing if we decide to do that. We would have the venue for the whole day. There are no tents but if the weather ended up being lousy we would have the indoor space to use.
There are pros and cons to this facility. Pros are the price, location, tables/chairs, and private use of the house. We could bring all our stuff there in the morning and stay there to set up and also to change. The area where we would wed is on top of a hill and overlooks lots of trees. In the fall it probably is stunning with the leaves changing color.
Cons would be that we would have to set up and take down the tables/chairs ourselves, have to purchase linens and tableware, grounds are open to the public (house would be ours exclusivly but if someone was walking there dog or something they could stumble into our wedding), and we would have to apply for a liquor license. Because it is town property we need the license, have to hire a bartender, and have a cop on the property. This isn’t a huge factor because we were already considering a dry wedding. Our guests have a long way to travel, it would save us money, and we are thinking of a daytime wedding.
So essentially we need to do some research and see if the price of the venue + linens/tableware + liquor stuff listed above + the work it takes for us setting it up cheaper than the cost of a venue where all that was included. I think it probably is and to be honest I don’t really mind setting everything up myself. I am sure the last thing I would want to do after the reception is take down chairs but I really do not mind.
So this is more of a ramble than anything but what are your thoughts? I was thinking of seeing if some local college kids or high school students would want to set up the chairs/tables for us, maybe pay them a little bit of money for their help.