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We booked Huntsville State park for its natural beauty and unbeatable prices. At the time of booking it was $150 Monday - Thursday and $250 Friday - Sunday, but I think they've raised the prices since then by about $100/day. The venue provides tables and chairs. The tables looked fairly new and were in great shape. They are 8ft long white plastic tables (like the one's you'd find at Costco or Target). The chairs are dark blue chairs that look like something from an elementary school. We rented different chairs. I think there were 12 tables and 70 chairs.
We had the ceremony inside (due to rain) in the main room. And then flipped the room for the reception. The website says the place holds 200 people, but I wouldn't recommend more than 70 people for seated dinner using long tables. If you are able to use the patio I think you could fit plenty more guests.
We booked the place Thursday - Sunday. We decorated on Thursday and Friday. Had the rehearsal dinner on Friday. The wedding was on Saturday. And cleanup was on Sunday. Four days for $900. It was a steal. Keep in mind you do have to pay $1 for each guests entry each day. The park rangers keep a tally and you have to close out before you leave.
We did have to provide our own trash bags, better toilet paper, hand soap, and paper towels. A small amount of clean up was needed before decorating.
It rained all day Saturday and Sunday. The air conditioner dripped and made a puddle due to all the humidity in the air. While it was a slight inconvenience it didn't stop us from having fun.
Using the Raven Lodge allowed us to pick our own catering and rental vendors. We were allowed to bring in our own alcohol (no bartender needed) which was a huge money saver. And booking it for so many days in a row gave us plenty of time to decorate and socialize. I would definitely recommend Raven Lodge for any DIY nature loving couple! Hopefully you will get to use the patio and amazing lake views.
This venue was a great find for a great price! They do provide some tables and chairs, but mostly its a do it yourself kind of place. It is perfect for a small/medium intimate wedding! (It can hold 200 people)
The location was beautiful, right on the lake and it just added to the ceremony. However, the inside where the reception was held was dirty! There were roaches and dead bugs everywhere. I had hoped they would clean the hall for us but they didnt so on the day of my wedding, I was left to sweep and pick up the dead bugs! They provided chairs and tables but they were hideous!! The tables we used and covered but they werent good quality. They were plastic, some of the tops were coming off, it just wasnt good! The chairs looked like someone pooped in them. And they had roller-wheels on the bottoms of them. I think if they are going to have weddings, they should try to make it more approachable. We spent $250 for friday to decorate and $250 for saturday (the day of) and as a paying customer, I expected a little more and it just wasnt there. The bathrooms werent attractive at all! The lights in there werent working, the toilets hardly flushed, it just wasnt what I had expected.
Located right outside of Houston, Raven's Lodge at Huntsville State Park provided a beautiful location set right alongside a serene lake. The venue is not huge, but comfortably had room to accommodate about 100 guests and wedding party members. Best of all, the venue was extremely affordable... $250/day! Since we had a very diy wedding with no hired help except for photography, we rented the building for two days. One of which days we used to set up. We had the building and surrounding patio area from 9am- 10 pm each day.
We stupidly had scheduled our wedding on a busy holiday where the park rangers had to turn away many visitors. Fortunately the park rangers were extremely sympathetic and allowed us to block off a large section of parking for our guests and also helped direct traffic to allow our guests into the park. Normally, there is a $4 entry fee per person to enter the park but they gave us a discount, $1 per person, kept a tally for us, and allowed us to come back and pay the tab after the wedding.
The only draw back was that we had to have the venue cleaned up and everyone out before 10pm, when the park gates closed to avoid getting locked in the park. Small price to pay for such a beautiful and cosy setting for a joyful wedding. You can have an after wedding party elsewhere after all.
If you have a tight wedding budget, I highly recommend looking into state parks. It is definitely affordable, and it helps to keep our parks in business. The park rangers at Huntsville State Park, in particular, are wonderful to work with. We can't thank them enough for stepping in where they didn't have to, to give us a helping hand. Our wedding could not have run do smoothly and beautifully without their help!