Re: How to start picking a venue??
posted at 7/3/2009 11:53 AM EDT
Welcome Trex and Cherry!
My end budget was about the same as yours, and I had 136 people attend my wedding. So you can totally do it!
Here is the list of where we visited, just in case it helps!
Gore Place, Waltham, MA
Endicott Estate, Dedham, MA
Saphire Estate, Sharon, MA
Searles Castle, Pelham, NH
Castleton, Pelham, NH
Pelham Inn, Pelham, NH
Tupper Manor, Beverly, MA
Hawthorne Hotel, Salem, MA
Lakeview Pavillion, Foxboro, MA
Turner Hill, Ipswich, MA
Hellenic Center, Ipswich, MA
The Commons, Topsfield, MA
Willowdale Estate, Topsfield MA (where we had the wedding)
Most of these places were pretty much within my budget. As you can see, we were looking for a non-hotel wedding. It was important to me to have outside space (some of these places didn't) and a pretty place for the ceremony.
Just FYI - I visited Willowdale on a day when they were setting up for an Indian wedding and it was gorgeous!
Addition: Spreadsheets will become your best friends, if they aren't already. Also, I started online with all of these places, then did calls and emails to get more (pricing) info, then visited if the pricing seemed like it might be ok. It's so hard if you visit first, fall in love with a place, then find out you can't afford it (which is why I did NOT visit the Crane Estate!)