I’m not a fan of weddings but I went to one at the aviary and it was very pleasant! So much nicer than a banquet hall and guests got to go see the birds during the reception.
Ches Anthony Catering has a selection of a few different venues. They offer a discount for Friday weddings.
You provide your own Centerpieces, Liquor, Photographer and DJ/Band. When we got married, it was the most bang for your buck that we could find.
The Wendell Inn is their nicest venue, it’s a former school converted into a reception hall but without a strong school vide.
The Circuit Center in the Southside Works (their packages) is also an option for a more affordable setting. I have been to one wedding there, it’s a nice sized space, but it’s a pretty drab room. While the actual venue looks, to me at least, sort of like a high school gymnasium dressed up for the prom, the big draw there is the food made on site by The Fluted Mushroom. If you have a big budget for centerpieces and decor I’m sure it can be transformed, but I wasn’t too impressed.
The other thing is that it’s really the big room and bathrooms in the hall. If you would want to have an outdoor ceremony or other space for a babysitting room or anything like that, there isn’t anywhere to out that. Just something to consider.
So if food is your thing, and you want something affordable, it’s a good choice.