At this point, we really just need to hear back from a bunch of venues, but I was hoping maybe some of you could help me out.
My partner and I are looking for a venue that fits these requirements:
- large enough for at least 120 people
- open in the fall/winter
- can accommodate a ceremony, cocktail hour, and reception (with dancing), INDOORS
- in Greater Boston or Metrowest
- around $3000 or less for the facility rental or $10k or less for rental + catering
We can be flexible to an extent. For example, dancing is preferred, but we won't die if it's impossible. We'd prefer to have the reception in one room. We can maybe stretch our budget a bit more, although not likely. We'd prefer to stay near the city because we live in Boston and have no car.
Budgetwise, we're already cutting costs as best we can. We'll be DIYing invitations, programs, flowers/centerpieces, favors, and so on; we're getting attire on sale (and I'm getting a bridesmaids dress instead of a wedding gown) and relying heavily on our wedding website to save on paper. We're hiring a friend to do photography, and if we can't scrape up the $2-3k for a DJ, we'll have someone in charge of an iPod. We're happy to cut other costs to make sure we get a venue big enough for all our friends and family, and we don't want to change the season so we can move outdoors (especially because there's no guarantee the weather will be nice at any point in New England).
Venues we're looking at: Endicott Estate, Commander's Mansion, Charles River Museum of Science and Industry, Colonial Inn, Stonehurst, and the Lyman Estate.
All suggestions--or details about the above venues--are welcome!
now with ~* INCREASED SASSINESS *~