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I had a friend that wanted to save money by skipping a fancy church wedding, so I made her reception hall into a makeshift church and altar. We saved a lot of money by doing so. The big plus is that the guests could sit and enjoy the wedding and not have to get up and leave to go to the party, it was all in the same room.
By Tracy from MI
This is a guide about cheap locations for a wedding reception. The cost of a wedding reception can be a significant portion of the entire expense.
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Is a wedding reception at the church dining hall tacky?
By Vida from Des Moines
I've been to wedding receptions at the church, and I never thought to pass judgment on the location. I believe true friends will be happy for your union and enjoy celebrating with you no matter where you choose.
Best of luck. I hope your wedding and reception are beautiful, and you have a long, happy marriage!
There isn't anything wrong with having the reception any place you want it. People shouldn't be judgmental. Actually if you get married at the church it would be much more convenient to have the reception there. It used to be that was the only place that people had their receptions.
If it helps you feel better, my wedding reception was in a school cafeteria. No one cared. :)
No, it's not tacky at all. I had my wedding in the sanctuary, immediately followed by the reception in the dining hall, and then took pictures afterward. I purposely planned it that way because I was tired of all the wasted time and "hurry up and wait" at many weddings.
We were married at the Junior Achievement Center (Dad was on the Board of Directors) and walked across the covered driveway to the big meeting room. Everyone said how wonderful it was not to worry about rain, parking, driving, re-parking, etc. Everyone got right down to partying and a good time was had by all.
I think it's nice because people will appreciate not having to drive to another place.
Years ago, that used to be the "norm". I don't know how things ever really got away from that or maybe that's just the way things were done down here in the south, but we always had the reception in the social hall at the church after the wedding. It's cheaper, way more convenient and easier on the ones involved!
It's a great idea and not tacky at all. What IS tacky is when cash only "gifts" are requested, or a new trend that I've read about, where the couple have a private dinner while their guests wait...now that's tacky!
Not at all. I did it 6 years ago. I think people probably would have asked why I didn't have it there if I hadn't. It's a great idea for many reasons. You save money, people don't have to leave and travel elsewhere, no worries for parking at an additional location, don't have to worry with the how the food is set up elsewhere, etc.
My partner and I are planning to get married in October. We are having a small wedding. Our guest list is 35-45 people. We are looking for a nice and inexpensive place to hold our reception. If any one can help please get back to me.
Also if anyone knows of someone that makes cakes I would like to have them make our cake instead of a bakery.
First off, Congratulations! Now, to answer your question. You didn't say where you were so this is going to be a general answer.
Often times, you can find a room at the local library that you can reserve or check out. Sometimes a local place like we have here in Salem called The Mill where you can sometimes rent rooms. If the place you live is warm, October isn't too cold to have it in a park. If it is, there are often non-denominational venue that rent out to Bar Mitzvas, Anniversary parties, and the like.
A lot of times, a nicer hotel might run a special in the off season and you can go there. Other options are do you have a friend who has a nice big backyard and might do it in their home?
I would google wedding venues like I did and see where that gets you.
Have a lovely ceremony and please let us share a photo?
Sandi/Poor But Proud
Hello & Congratulations! I would suggest trying church's for the rental of their basements & tell them someone is willing to clean up afterward & put tables & chairs back.
Or you could have it at a friends or relatives house or outside in a yard or State Park - depending on how you plan to have it & the weather conditions. Nights of Columbos or Italian -American Clubs or Elks Lodges & the like also rent out space. I don't know about the price; but you have nothing to loose by enquiring. Good Luck & God Bless Your Union. : )
I have been searching for 3 weeks for a wedding/reception venue for my daughter. We have almost given up. She would like an outdoor wedding, maybe a garden or historic setting. Perhaps, something like the Liriodendrun in Bel Air or Brookeside Gardens in Mont. CT. But, we want it cheaper! Any ideas? Is there anyone who knows of scenic property that we could rent? Thanks for any suggestions.
By Robin Moore from Baltimore, MD
Have you looked into renting a cabin or gazebo in a state park? Here in PA we can rent a cabin in one of our state parks for less than $100.
Is it a small wedding? If so maybe you have a friend who has a gazebo or who would allow one to be built on their property in exchange for allowing a wedding on the property. Good luck.