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steen
« on: June 02, 2008 10:03:48 AM »

I can't believe how fast halls go for booking! I just tried to book our hall for our wedding next year and it was booked solid! I thought I was doing it way suppper early but nope! lol. Although June is a popular month for weddings but still! Ha i'm from a smallish town. Oh well its not that major I guess considering we wanted it to be on our anni but because of the leap year next feb? the 14 falls on a sunday next year and not a sat. Now its coming up with a new date! argh!

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« Reply #1 on: June 02, 2008 11:03:50 AM »

Most in my area are booked up at least a year in advance, too.  Pretty crazy!
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« Reply #2 on: June 02, 2008 11:47:20 AM »

luckily we are going back to my FH's hometown to get married so we were able to book someplace without a problem, but one of my good friends wanted to book a gazebo at a conservatory in the city we're from and ran into the same problem.  they only start booking a year to the date ahead of time.  she said she woke up early and called fifteen minutes after they opened and someone had already beat her to it!
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« Reply #3 on: June 02, 2008 07:43:39 PM »

Try looking into wedding sites that are kinda non-traditional. A friends backyard can be beautiful. I've also seen weddings done at parks, movie theaters and zoos. Oh, and check places that don't necessarily advertise that they do weddings. I called a local golf course and found out that they just started doing weddings a week before I called.

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« Reply #4 on: June 02, 2008 07:44:34 PM »

That's really good advice!

We had our wedding in a rose garden and our reception in a metro park lodge -- both very reasonable prices.
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« Reply #5 on: June 02, 2008 09:51:56 PM »

Try looking into wedding sites that are kinda non-traditional.

that's a great idea.  we are getting married this august after being engaged for only like 5 months and we booked our wedding at a historic theater in our town.  the fee was extremely reasonable($500 for 24 hours, including all tables, and chairs) and since it is not really a traditional wedding site we didn't have to compete with a lot of other couples.  also we can bring in our own food and drinks which will also save us a ton.  not to mention having your wedding at a more non-traditional site makes for a lot more personality. 
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« Reply #6 on: June 04, 2008 01:16:06 PM »

Definitely look for non-traditional locations. Plus, you can still have it on your anny- Sundays are usually cheaper! Just have a late morning/midday ceremony & an afternoon reception and people can be on their way home at a reasonable time for Monday morning (although, this is an excellent time for a vacation/sick day!) June is tough, though. I got lucky and the place we're getting married at (a community owned farm $1500 for Friday-Monday) had a cancellation about a week before I called.
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« Reply #7 on: June 04, 2008 01:33:10 PM »

Oh, and since we had ours in a Metro Park, no alcohol was allowed (cheaper for us, but no one could blame us 'cause we were "just following the rules" hehehe).
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« Reply #8 on: June 10, 2008 08:35:24 PM »

Parks are good alternative places too. In my city it's a $200 fee, no matter what you do or how long you're in it.

Don't forget city hall - you can have people outside of the city hall office, or on the sidewalk waiting to celebrate with you, then go to a fun restaurant.

I read an article about a local couple getting married in an antique store. They just rearranged and set up right in the lighting section - they had pictures with tons of chandeliers over their heads, it was really cool.

We are getting married in a restaurant with an amazing interior. Lots of exposed beams, plants and industrial stuff. We'll just do it between breakfast & dinner and the joint will close down for 4 hours (it's the slow time anyway). The reception is going to be at a night club which used to be an old-school theater. It's owned by the same people, so it has the same earthy, organic vibe. Both places are two of our favorite spots, so it was really natural to want to celebrate there. Plus, when we need inspiration or have the "now how much room was there in this spot?" moments, we just need to run down and have a quick dinner & we can figure details out on the spot!




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