Advice please: trying to pick a reception venue

posted 3 years ago in Reception
  • poll: If you were me, you'd be leaning towards...
    Venue 1 - the hotel on Wednesday : (1 votes)
    3 %
    Venue 1 - the hotel on Saturday : (11 votes)
    38 %
    Venue 2 - the restaurant on Wednesday : (0 votes)
    Venue 2 - the restaurant on Saturday : (17 votes)
    59 %
  • Post # 3
    Member
    518 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: May 2014

    I think with the large percentage of out of towners, Wednesday is not really an option.  Asking someone to attend something on a Wednesday night is most likely going to mean they have to take at least 2 days off work, possibly more. depending on how far they have to travel.  (And if you have a rehearsal dinner or anything on Tuesday, they’d have to take off even more).

    The Saturday options seem like they’ll price out fairly similarly, so in comparing Saturdays for Venue 1 and 2, venue 2 is a no-brainer 🙂

    Post # 4
    Member
    1304 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: September 2011

    Please don’t have a Wednesday wedding.  No one wants to take that much time off work to attend a wedding.  Let your guests choose when and how to spend their days off.

    Your wedding anniversary date will be significant by default because it’s when you are getting married.

    Post # 6
    Member
    867 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: December 2015

    @alsgirl:  Venue 2 on a Saturday. You want your guests to be happy and excited about your wedding day – nobody feels that way about a Wednesday wedding. It’s pretty inconsiderate to your guests to have your wedding in the middle of the week and you’ll probably find that a lot of people can’t make it. 

     

    You should go with Venue 2 because it’s not that much more for the Saturday and hotel food is always crappy.  

     

    Post # 7
    Member
    6505 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: June 2013

    @BridieBea:  I have to disagree about hotel food always being crappy. The large majority of weddings I go to have been in hotels and they have all (except for 1) had great food. Ours was also in a hotel and we got tons of compliments on the food. We actually chose that hotel because friends and family have been to multiple charity events at the hotel and they all raved about the food. I strongly dislike it when people give advice like that (especially using the work “always” like they’ve been to every hotel). 

    @alsgirl:  I agree with PPs about not doing it on a Wednesday, especailly because most of the guests are out of town. I wouldn’t take that much time off of work unless my brother, DH’s brother, or my best friend was getting married.

    I think if you really love venue 2 you should go for that one (if you can afford it)!

    Is there a hotel near venue 2 that you can provide a shuttle too? The biggest benefit of venue 1 is that guests can just stay right at the hotel.

    Post # 8
    Member
    10748 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: February 2014

    I’m sorry, I think a Wednesday wedding is a bad idea. I wouldn’t even consider it. I’d pick venue 1.

    Post # 9
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    3941 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: June 2014

    Is venue #2 for Sunday lunch wedding an option?  I noticed they do offer a lunch wedding.  

    Post # 11
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    2880 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: February 1998

    @alsgirl:  I love venu 2 such a beautiful view:)

    I agree with PP that a Wednesday is not ideal however for family I would make it work but I’d have to give it a miss for anyone else. What about a Friday or a Sunday?? 

    Post # 12
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    10748 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: February 2014

    @alsgirl:  Well, same as most others PPs – weekdays just aren’t as convenient for a lot of guests. It sounds like you guys really want the Wednesday though, and that’s cool. It’s your wedding! But I think you just need to be prepared and not be offended that the decline rate will probably be higher.

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