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newbie here!!! Need help with Outdoor Wedding

Me and my FI have set a budget for $5500 for ceremony food drink and venue. I know this is difficult to find but im hoping someone can point me in the right direction. I would like to stay close to Fort Worth, Tx near downtown or it can be in the surrounding DFW area. Just looking for a nice affordable place for 200 guest for this budget.

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Re: newbie here!!! Need help with Outdoor Wedding

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    edited December 2011
    When are you wanting to get married?  Outdoor weddings make me so nervous because the weather is a) omg hot and b) unpredictable.

    However, Winfrey Point at White Rock Lake (which is pretty far from what you want) is beautiful and about $180/hour for non-Dallas residents.  It has space for an outdoor wedding and an indoor reception.  Be careful, though.  It is hugely popular, so you usually need to book a year in advance (which is the earliest they will reserve), and even then it is a big chance.  We called November 1 last year to book it for November 5 this year, and my FI was on hold for 15 minutes and in that time someone else booked it.
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    crash2729crash2729 member
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    edited December 2011
    You can try The Sanford House in Arlington. Idk about the cost though...
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    1fwdarlin1fwdarlin member
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    edited December 2011
    You could try Fort Worth's Botanical Gardens particularly the Japanes Gardens if you want everything outside.
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    edited December 2011
    sorry forgot to add we are planning to get married on 7/28/12. I know it will be hot, maybe, so maybe we could get an outdoor/indoor feel
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    bsn1752bsn1752 member
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    edited December 2011
    Recommendation:  Don't get married outside in July.  PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE.. for your own comfort and the comfort of your guests... get married inside.
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    edited December 2011
    Oh, goodness.  It will be, at best, 98 degrees that day and you will be wearing a heavy dress (no matter how small, wedding dresses are HEAVY).

    What if, instead of actually outdoor, you got married in a chapel that had a bunch of windows so that it SEEMED like you were out there in nature, but you're actually in air conditioned comfort?  There are a lot of places like that around here.  I think it was the Marty Rose Chapel (bsn's venue) that has gorgeous windowed walls.
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    fallbride1109fallbride1109 member
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    edited December 2011

    Getting married outside in July in Texas, even in the very late evening, is very ill advised.  You might want to reconsider.

    For an outdoor/indoor feel there are the Atriums in Garland and Park West but I don't know if they would fit your budget.

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    edited December 2011
    Please tell me you aren't from Texas... The average temperture in DFW in July is 96 degrees, not accounting for the heat index and formal clothing. It's not a good idea at all to have an outside wedding in July... especailly not if you're inviting older people or children. But on the bright side, that's a great way to control your guest list.Laughing
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    juliebug1997juliebug1997 member
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    edited December 2011
    I'm going to ditto what the others have told you.  You will be miserable, your FI will be miserable, your guests will be miserable. 
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    edited December 2011
    Since that day I fainted at mass, I am also really worried that a bird will poop on me while I'm in my wedding dress, and my fear increases exponentially for outdoor brides.
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    edited December 2011
    Ditto to outdoors. If you want an outdoor wedding-end of Sept-October are good months (even though rain is unpredictable) for outdoors because you're not sweating after a minute being outside. If you really have your heart set on an outdoor wedding, is maybe changing your date a possibilty?
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    bbybluz77bbybluz77 member
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    edited December 2011
    I know it has already been said, but now I'm just going to plead. Please, please, please don't have an outdoor wedding in July. I can tell you that I was a guest at an outdoor, July, Texas wedding, and it was honestly one of the worst experiences of my life. It was miserably hot. Don't do it.

    Also, I think you mentioned that you're trying to do everything for $5,500 and have 200 guests? I'm not sure that's possible if you plan to serve a meal. You might be able to do it if you're just serving apps, cake, non-alcoholic beverages. But, if you figure out, please report back!

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    edited December 2011

    I thought maybe in the evening it would be cooler but it is texas and the weather is crazy so it will just have to be at my church! thanks ladies!!!! you guys are great for the quick responses!!!

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    edited December 2011
    Wow you are a brave girl!  Well check out this link: http://www.jonathanivyphoto.com/blog/outdoor-wedding-venues-in-dallas/

    Maybe you can get a place like Artspace or Reata that is a mix of indoor & outdoor to accommodate both.
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