Post # 1
My fiance and I need some help with some pointers about a) having a winter wedding that might involve some snow (like December/January), and b) a venue that might be best for up to 175-200 guests. We’re living in the NJ/NYC metro area which is of course super expensive, but are there any ceremonies/receptions that anyone has used or heard of that would accomodate us at less than $100 a person for food? I wish there was a deal with banquet halls…. lol.
We’re interested in a space that would accomodate that amount of people, and maybe allow us to BYO and hire our own bartender service to save some costs.
Any ideas/thoughts are appreciated! Our budget right now is somewhere between $20k-$30k, and we really hope that we can find a decent/fun place that can house that many guests and not kill us with food prices. I should also mention our style is fun and not super serious, or tied to any religious theme.
Post # 2
It seems logical that for a start you would not have your wedding in the metro area. There are women on here all the time complaining about how ridiculous the prices are in cities. So consider moving into western NY or even heading south into PA or DE if you’re willing to travel that far. There are some gorgeous historic homes/buildings that might be good venues and might cost significantly less than anything you’d get in the city. — I’m just using supposition, I could be totally wrong.
Just for a start I found the Old Administration Building at Green Lakes State Park, Fayatteville – I don’t know the geography of NY, but if it’s feasible, it looks amazing and a review on the Knot claims they did BYO.
ETA: maybe that one’s not a good plan for winter travel… says the lakes are glacial so it’s probably mountainous and snowy
Post # 3
I’m not in your area so I can’t give a lot of suggestions as far as venues but I’m having a winter wedding and my one suggestion would be if you can wait until after the New Years holiday you’ll save a lot of money. We’re getting married the first weekend in January and that is when the holiday ‘off season’ starts in our area, so we got mad discounts from every vendor since it’s not a busy time for them.