Choosing a cheap-ass wedding venue for under $1,000
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Everyone kept telling us that it wasn’t going to happen for under $10,000. But, I knew damn well that there was a wedding venue for under $1,000 in Northern California. Turns out, I was right. I love being right. We looked at an insurmountable amount of possibilities for a wedding site. We knew it had to be in NorCal, it had to be in a historic building with character, and preferably in between his Bay Area and my Sacramento Valley- rooted families. We settled on six possibilities before we knew the costs.
And from the start I was on board with our first and cheapest option: San Francisco City Hall wedding. What’s not to like about SF City Hall? Other than the non-intimate feeling of bureaucratic city workers and tourists photo-bombing you and your newly appointed while you take staged photos. It’s both an externally and internally beautiful Beaux-Arts building built in 1915 and filled with marble and a grand staircase.
Alas, the City Hall wedding only allows six people in attendance, which includes your photographer. Next.
Second. In autumn of 2012, we hustled up highway 50 onto State Route 49 that snakes along through the foothills into Gold Rush era towns long forgotten after they were raped of their riches by those desperate to strike it millionaire. I’ve long considered this ,000" data-url="https://brokeassstuart.com/2014/01/09/choosing-a-cheap-ass-wedding-venue-for-under-1000/">
Plus, we knew it wasn’t meant to be before we even got off highway 50, where my eyes were met by an enormous stag’s chest, hypnotized by the instincts of rutting season, who was on the side of our VW on the highway. I won’t say anything more about that.
Third. The Crocker Art Gallery. That costs $5,000. Need say no more.
Fourth. The Old Homestead. A cute and affordable home in the town of Crockett, near the C & H Sugar factory. For $750 you have the entire house to yourself from 8am to 10pm and you can have everyone prepare here and have both the reception and the ceremony, outdoors or indoors.
Fifth. Dunsmuir Hellman Historic Estate. The most beautiful and elegant of all and in our town of residence, Oakland. The mansion was built in 1899 in a Neoclassical Revival style. Their pricing is kind of…quirky. They charge different prices for residents and non-residents, weekends and weekdays. Their wedding charges are triple that of a regular event for the same space, of course. It had became too much to decipher. However, their non-refundable “save the date” deposit is $1,200. Thee end.
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