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Pat's Peak Questions

Hey ladies - FI and I are thinking about having our ceremony and reception at Pat's Peak next fall. I just submitted an inquiry to through their website and am waiting to hear back, but was hoping some of you might have personal experiences you can share. We're on a tight budget, so any money saving tips for that venue would be appreciated. For instance, they have a standard wedding package menu, but if you have a mid-day wedding on Saturday or Sunday (so lunch, not "dinner" as the package is for) do they reduce the prices? Also, do they have any standard decorations/lights that they put up that would reduce decorating costs? How's the staff? The food?  Thanks!
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    kristen0393kristen0393 member
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    edited December 2011
    I was supposed to be getting married at Pats Peak next fall and recently we decided to go with a less expensive alternative (don't get me wrong, their prices are really very good and totally worth it for the location.) Suzanne was a pleasure to work with and will send you a packet of information with a dvd shortly. The pricing in the wedding guide is what you have to go by. The banquet menu is for other functions but even for a lunch wedding the prices are the same (just the minimum amount is less. I was bummed about that too.) I had her give me pricing for a brunch buffet and that came out to about $30 pp. My only real concern with Pats Peak is that there isn't a great hotel nearby. Guests are within walking distance of the Henniker Motel but I'm not sure how many rooms they have there. People might have to drive to Concord or Manchester. GL!
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    edited December 2011
    Kristen - Thanks for sharing! Disappointing that they won't discount for lunch buffets. It really bothers me that these venues won't let you use their regular banquet menu when it's the same kind of food and all, but cheaper. Hotels being nearby isn't too much of a concern for me, as some people will be flying into Manchester and we're hoping to host an informal brunch the next morning at our new house and it's located just south of Manchester.Care to share what your less expensive alternative is? We're still open to anything :) We looked at Alpine Grove in Hollis already, but the reception room just felt too closed in due to low ceilings.
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    kristen0393kristen0393 member
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    edited December 2011
    We actually ended up picking a VFW in Pepperell, MA. I didn't like Alpine Grove either. The VFW has all of the things that I loved about Pats peak at a MUCH lower cost ($250 for 5 hours and you bring your own catering.) http://vfw3291.org/hall-rental.htm They have the exposed wooden beams and a fireplace (though I need to find a way to cover the big VFW built in.) The drinks are cheap and you can have the $42 Pats Peak menu for probably $15 from a regular catering company. They don't have "wedding prices" vs. the regular price. ;-)
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