Post # 1
I am young and my family members generally elope, so I do not have much experience to rely on in finding a wedding venue. I am trying to find a *very* affordable venue to hold my wedding within three hours of Virginia Beach, Virginia. However, most venues seem to be beyond my budget. No one I know has a back yard large enough to hold my wedding ceremony and reception in, either. I am flexible as far as dates but would like to be married in March-April, or August-September, if I can not find a venue in time. Anyone have any ideas? I would love you forever!
Post # 3
Best tip: hold your wedding on a Sunday instead of Saturday. That cut our costs down by THOUSANDS since venues tend to be cheaper on Sunday.
Another tip that could help: hold the reception at a restaurant that’s usually closed on the Sunday/your wedding day; their cost may be lower since they’re making income on an otherwise closed day (we did this as well).
Post # 4
- Wedding: July 2012 - Catholic Church
I’m not sure if this applies in your area or not, but for my wedding reception I found a beautiful hall above an arena (hockey rink) and it was only $200. Perhaps there’s something like this in your area?
Post # 5
Try parks & recreation or an eagles club.
Post # 6
Parks with areas to rent are usually pretty affordable and beautiful BUT in my city at least they book up nearly two years in advance!
Post # 7
A Thursday, Friday, Saturday afternoon, or Sunday wedding is best. What about a park? There are always parks that rent out areas. Also, you can check local colleges (the ones near me rent space), knights of columbus type places too. Good Luck!
Post # 8
I’ve debated parks, but I’m terrified of possible weather complications. Also, does any one know what the policy tends to be on alcohol in state parks?
Post # 9
I just found this: http://www.dcr.virginia.gov/state_parks/weddings.shtml#wedfir
It appears, depending on the place, that they do alcohol and accommodate indoor events!
Post # 10
DH and I were 19 when we got engaged in February of 2009, and originally wanted to get married in October of that year. Unfortunately, that didn’t happen due to family and financial reasons. But, whether I liked it or not, it gave me tons of time to find affordable venues that were still fabulous. Before finding and deciding on the farm/barn venue we got married at, I found that many state parks had beautiful locations to host both ceremonies and receptions. I’m not certain what type of wedding you are going for, the time of year you’re planning it for, or how many guests you’re having, but I did do some searching for you and came across a couple of sites that may help you a bit.
If you need any other help, feel free to ask. Best wishes!
Post # 11
we were going to do a local park for the ceremony or court house, then go to a restaurant that also had a gigantic private room (and a small room) that you can rent out, it ended up turnning into something else, but we had several resturant/pubs that were willing to either let us do a private party or private room for 75 guests.
best tips: cut the guest list, work on the menu-bring your own if an option, cupcakes, instead of cake, or grocery store cake. do a friday evening and in the off-season say like maybe nov thru april
email or call every large room or rec center or restaurant or event center you can think of and keep a spreadsheet of who you talk to and what they offer, sign up for their mailing lists, you never know, we got a 50% off deal from an email deal on our venue 🙂 good luck!
Post # 12
Also, my fiance is in the military, so if there are any places that serve the military or provide military discounts, that would also be amazing! Thanks everyone 🙂
Post # 13
A family or friends backyard!
Post # 14
Uh…someone here got a backyard? jk! 😉
Post # 15
@jmjackson16: What is your budget and how many guests are you looking to invite? I’m not getting married in Norfolk, but I live here and have attended some local bridal shows. I may be able to help.
Post # 16
What about the Smithfield Center in Smithfield, VA? It is such an adorable little town and this is one heck of a deal- SmithfieldCenter.com