Post # 1
So I live in a small town in eastern Ohio. And I’m trying to plan a wedding. So I’ve got a few challenges. Like trying to find a venue that I can have both the ceremony and the reception and allows alcohol. One place I found for $1200 and you have to provide your own toilet paper, paper towels, garbage bags, etc. What?!?!??! I know you big city brides will probably think that’s a bargain but not so much out here in no mans land. Another challenge: not being able to do a lot of internet research. Venues don’t have websites, photographers don’t have websites. Florists don’t have websites. I find a few here and there that do, but they are rare.
I love my small town. And I’m excited to have a small town/country wedding. But it really seems like my options are limited. So, are there any other small town brides out there having the same issues? Different issues that I haven’t run into yet? Any ideas on how to make this all work?
Post # 3
We’re having our wedding and reception in the town we grew up in, which has about 5,000 people. This population size has really limited our possiblities for venues. We chose the church that held the largest number of people for the ceremony, and ended up using it for a reception hall as well because the only other real option was trying to rent the gym at the middle or high school or renting the YMCA (I’ve personally been to 3 receptions there.) There simply are no options that will accomodate large numbers of people.
We are bringing in a photographer from the nearest city (our current home, about an hour away) but are having issues with florists and catering. Some things have been nice (our venue is $200 total, with $100 being refundable following the restoration of the church to it’s normal state), but it has been difficult as well (the reception hall is less than ideal, but I simply did not want basketball goals hanging down during the reception). There aren’t many possiblities for vendors in the town, so we are having to bring people in from out of town or do it ourselves. To address this issue, we are using the many skills and talents of our friends and family. My mom used to do cakes, and is quite crafty, so she will be making our cake and helping with decor. My sister does hair and has volunteered to provide her services. My uncle is a pastor and will be officiating. We have lots of family friends that have volunteered to help in any way they can, from serving/helping at the reception to set up and tear down. I think these individuals are important in making it all come together, and it’s that much more special because of our relationship with everyone involved. Good luck in your efforts!