Post # 1
FI and I are having some grief picking venues. Let’s call them venue 1 and venue 2. We are also tossing up between two dates – Wed 19 Nov 2014 (our anniversary) and Sat 25 Oct 2014 (halfway between our birthdays). This may influence the final decision – read on to see why…
The majority of our guests will be from out of town – FI and I moved here for study and so families and most friends live elsewhere. So everyone will be travelling and taking time off work
We’re looking to buy a house before the wedding, and are aiming to save enough for a 20% deposit. The housing market is so not in a first home owner’s favour right now!
We quite liked venue 1. It’s a hotel 2.4km from our ceremony, with indoor atrium with trees and got a quote for it. For the Wednesday, they offered to reduce their min numbers to 60 (our rough expected turnout) for their all-inclusive package (which includes a place to get ready, accomodation for us, reduced rates for guests, chair covers). That would be $110pp * 60 = $6600.
For the Saturday, their all-inclusive package’s min is 100 people. The also have other packages from $99pp with a minimum of 40 people (that don’t include chair covers, which are $5.50pp extra).
We had a look at venue 2 today (a restaurant/function venue across the lake from our ceremony), which we really loved but is more expensive. The view is gorgeous! The min spend on a Saturday is $10400 – 80 people x cheapest package $130pp.
Their event co-ord said they didn’t have a minimum spend on Wednesdays, so the cost would be the number of guests * $115 (I think – didn’t get an actual price but it wouldn’t be more than the Friday price).
Did I mention we loved venue 2? 😛
Post # 3
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
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 # 5
The websites for the venues:
Venue 1: http://www.rydges.com/accommodation/canberra-act/capital-hill-canberra/meeting-and-events/weddings/ noting chair covers are $5.50pp. I couldn’t find a copy of their older packages which still run. We’d most likely go for the $99 package, so $104.50pp. This includes accomodation for us
Venue 2: http://www.thedeckatregattapoint.com.au/weddings/ This does NOT include accomodation. Looking at getting their cheapest package and upgrading to make minimum spend
Post # 6
@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
@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
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
Is venue #2 for Sunday lunch wedding an option? I noticed they do offer a lunch wedding.
Post # 10
@kmb727, ElbieKay: We’d be giving the guests more than a year’s notice, midweek flights are cheaper too.
@BridieBea: I’m pretty sure there’e no rule that states people can only be happy about a wedding if it’s on a Saturday. And if someone’s not going to be excited about my wedding siply because of the day of the week, then I don’t want them to come.
@MrsBeck: No nearby hotels spring to mind, but there are quite a few nearby seeing as venue 2 is less than 2km from the CBD
@Pinkmoon: Do you have a reaso why you think Wednesday is a bad idea? “Just because” isn’t a reason
@Astra: The day after the Saturday option is out, that’s the anniversary of my grandmother’s death 🙁
Most of our guests are travelling, yes, but most aren’t working full time either (majority of my aunts and uncles are now retired), so taking time off work won’t be an issue for most
Post # 11
@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
@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.