Hall---- the local fire dept rents out their halls here where I live. (It's a way they add to their budget.) A masonic Lodge etc. will be open to rent too. You have to decorate and clean up but at least you have indoor space and washrooms etc.
Food---- if every one brings food that adds up very quickly. Sites like Living on a Dime have great ideas and food recipes for groups. The first item on the blog talks about Christmas gifts, go down and the next item talks about budget weddings.
We had my older son's wedding at our home but it was June and we were able to hold it outside. We had a close friend who was a minister who even donated his services as a wedding gift. I fixed all the food-nothing fancy-we had fancy little sandwiches with several salads and punch and a nice big strawberry filled wedding cake. My younger son took a day off from work to help decorate and I think it turned out beautiful and everyone had a great time visiting. We had music playing and those who wanted to dance, could. We even had guests bring lawn chairs so we didn't have to rent chairs. Another friend rented a covered picnic area at a state park for $75 and the guests had the whole park to use and they had a nice area for their food. They used a western theme so clothing wasn't expensive. That is just a couple of ideas.
For the site, check into community centers in your area. They can be very reasonable if you are in a small town especially and often supply all of your tables, chairs, and sometimes other items. If you know anyone that is associated with a VFW, Moose Lodge, or such they can often get space quite cheap as well. If you have close family and friends willing to help you can get lots done cheap. Food for example, request those closest to you to each provide a dish. You don't have to serve a full meal even, just finger foods, appetizers, and small things like that. If you or anyone you know is crafty and creative do some homemade decorations/centerpieces. Check Craigslist for everything you might possibly think of buying. You can often get leftover decorations from other people's weddings very cheap and even bridesmaids dresses and your wedding dress. Some items are brand new, not everything is used. I myself will soon be listing a wedding dress that I never wore, so it is possible! My other suggestion is to check out Yahoo!Groups. There is a group called freecycle that is awesome and they have groups specific to lots of areas. Everything on Freecycle is free, you just have to be willing to go pick it up from the person offering it. Hope some of that will help, congratulations and good luck!
Oh, and if you google "frugal weddings" you can find tons of ideas!
My brother had his wedding at his home. He had quite a bit of land to spread out and got a tent - it wasn't that expensive, not sure how much and it was over 10 years ago anyway. However, he had about half the amount of people you are planning.
How about at your favorite vegetarian restaurant? If it's large enough to hold all of your guests and accomodate the ceremony? That way you don't really have to worry about decorations.
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