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Just Said Yes August 2020

Stressed out bride - venue

Cassie, on October 8, 2019 at 6:55 AM Posted in New Hampshire Planning 0 12
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Hi everyone!
My Fiance and I got engaged in April of this year. We are hoping to get married in August of 2020 on a Saturday. Currently I am having no luck with venues and being under 10 thousand with 130 guests. I am considering more DIY venues but have been told that it will still end up around the same as hosting at a traditional venue. Looking for thoughts and feedback from others who were in a similar position. I really don't want to regret just eloping but some days it seems like the best option.


Sincerely,
A stressed out bride

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  • Haley
    Dedicated April 2020
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    The number of guests is definitely going to drive up the cost. Doing a restaurant buyout or getting food trucks are two more affordable options. Of course that depends on your vision. Like you said, DIY doesn't necessarily mean you will be saving money. Atlantic Grill in Rye does functions and seems to be pretty affordable. Are you and your FH into craft beer? You could rent a brewery and have 1-2 food trucks for a more fun and laid back environment.
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    Cassie ·
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    Hi Haley,
    I appreciate your thoughts and ideas. We are not really craft beer people but I am not apposed as I have a lot of family and friends who are. Do you have expierience with food trucks? I've never been to a wedding with one and my fiance is concerned about long wait time for food. But they seem to be more popular now
    Kindly,
    Cassie
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  • Sinéad
    WeddingWire Administrator January 2025
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    Hi Cassie! Congratulations on your engagement! It’s really great to have you join us in the community!

    You are absolutely not alone in feeling like this. Have you had the chance to browse through the WeddingWire venue search? There may some venues there that you have not come across yet. You can out their customer reviews and FAQs before you contact them too, which is very helpful! You can filter your search by venue type, town/city, capacity, and amenities.

    As Haley mentioned, the number of guests will largely dictate the cost. This is certainly something to think about at least.

    Lastly, if you do not want to elope, do not feel like it is the only alternative!

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    Just Said Yes August 2020
    Cassie ·
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    Hi sinead,

    I have emailed many places a lot of this website. I appreciate all the above information.

    I do not want to elope if I am being honest but have just felt so overwhelmed with cost.

    Currently me and my fiance are leaning towards doing a back yard wedding.

    Kindly,
    Cassie
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  • Sinéad
    WeddingWire Administrator January 2025
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    Have you looked into Airbnbs as a non-tradition venue? If you find a property that allows guests to host events, it may be a cheaper alternative.

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  • Houda C.
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    Hi Cassie,

    I did a lot of research on what venue I would need to accommodate a moroccan/bosnian wedding. I also am getting married on a saturday in August 2020. I booked with Noah's Event Center. It came out cheaper to rent the whole building & for 9 hours & they have more of an open-vendor policy. Check them out and see if it's a fit for you. Hope this helps !
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    Cassie ·
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    Hi-

    thank you! I will take a look.
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  • Hope
    Savvy August 2020
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    Hi Cassie!

    Congrats on your engagement! I did get quite a few reasonable quotes, but I did email every venue, lol. I also had to shorten the guest list because food alone will kill your budget. I got a pretty reasonable quote from the Christmas Farm Inn up north. It's a lovely place and worth considering. I also looked around in Massachusetts as well. I ended up choosing the Victoria Inn in Hampton, NH. Definitely more than 10K, but it's in our budget. I am pretty sure you can get it in your budget if you shorten the guest list.

    Good luck!

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  • Jamie
    Devoted May 2020
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    Hi Cassie! Not sure where in NH you're planning your wedding, but my fiancé and I found that having our wedding during an off-season helped lower the price of the venue. it's at an apple Orchard in May, where fall is their busiest season with apple picking as well as pretty busy for weddings. Their pricing was significantly lower for winter and early spring months as opposed to late summer and fall. It was even lower for Friday and Sunday weddings. The best part about having our wedding when we are is that all their fruit trees will be in full bloom. Just something to consider!

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  • Liz
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    We are using Stonewall Farm in Keene...
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  • Danielle
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    I had the same issue! We went with Dell-Lea in Chichester, amazing price for what they offer. Believe it or not, Tuscan Kitchen in Salem NH was like $25 per plate and have a beautiful wedding area on the top floor with balcony!
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  • Kari
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    When we were looking at venues around 120 seemed to be a cutoff between smaller wedding spaces and bigger wedding venues. Like some spaces could do up to about 100-120 and then either couldn't handle more or had to add on a lot of fees for extra tent rentals, porta potties, etc. for those extra guests. It might be worth seeing if trimming your guest list just a tiny bit opens up more venue options or saves you a lot of money - economy of scale type thing.

    Also if your budget is $10k for venue alone, possibly consider if you can cut budget elsewhere to get that number up to $12k. I think you'd have a lot more options with just a few less guests and a couple extra thousand dollars of wiggle room.

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