- 6 years ago
- Wedding: December 2012
I know this is likely a redundent topic…
Where in the tri state area ( the ENTIRE states of Virginia/Maryland/DC) can you rent a decent wedding venue that allows you to
1. bring your own food (not just a licensed caterer)
2. have alcohol
3. decorate with TAPE!
4. and not pay an arm & leg for it.
I have been doing countless hours of research on google; wedding sites including this one; have read every post written that i can find; & have checked every individual link I come across. And, to much disappoint have pretty much come up with NOTHING. a handful of possiblies at best. which often have some restrictions
As much as I would love to have the funds available to have a 10K plus wedding, I just dont. My husband to be & myself will be paying for it ourselves. ……I wont even go into the economic state of the nation or gas prices 🙂 the point being we just dont have it.
is it wrong that I would sill like to have a small elegant celebration of the day???
-no more than 40 people at most. close friends & family.
-would like to make my own food (I have tons of catering experience & my guests are anticipating my food)
-totally cool DIY decorations & favors.
-DIY simple invites
-was hoping for a christmas winter wedding (to help with decor & ambience)
– really like a historic classic/ traditional style
-even have a family pastor to perform the service
*hoping to stay away from outside parks as Im afraid of weather & I like stillettos & dont want to get stuck in the dirt
* also hoping to avoid a restaurant reception as I want to personalize & do things more to my specifications. Plus I can buy a big bottle of top shelf liqour from the ABC store for the cost of 3-4 drinks.
*trying to avoid a church wedding because I dont want a totally dry wedding.
*cant have it at our house because we live in a one bedroom apartment
Im starting to think it is impossible to accomplish. Im thinking outside the box as much as possible & everyone has really cool ideas on here which I have investigated many. But even a firehall is over $1000 & has a caterer. Community centers rent space for a funeral for 1/4 of the price. soon as you mention wedding it triples. so sad = cheap & happy = EXPENSIVE!!!
IT SHOULD BE ILLEGAL TO CHARGE THAT MUCH FOR A COUPLE HOURS!!
Is this a fruitless search? should I give up? change my date? this is the only thing standing in the way. I cant even make an official date until I find somewhere.
I think it is harder to plan a wedding on a tight budget than having the financial advantage. Because nothing is cheap anymore.
Im pretty desperate for some feedback and wisdom from those who have gone before me. or for someone to point me in the right direction of some affordable venues. What is the cheapest possible route for having a wedding? what seasone does that happen? I thought cold weather WAS off season. is it indoor/outdoor? Geeze!!
Any suggestions, feedback, and peals of wisdom anyone could offer would be so appreciated & taken into consideration!!!!
-Discourged bride Laura