Post # 1
- Wedding: September 2014 - Jacksonville Inn
I admit it, I don’t love our venue. Our venue is an off shoot of a very popular local inn that has amazing food! In fact, when people find out where the wedding is they all comment on how good the food will be! The off shoot is 2 blocks from the inn, they have 4 super luxurious cottages that surround a garden area. We will take over 2 cottages, friends and family will rent out the other 2 cottages. The gardens area isn’t huge, but it’s a good size for 40 people. I’m going to try and dress is up with lots of florals and candles. We chose this venue because the food is amazing, but the garden is nothing special. I didn’t feel like we had many other options, all the other venues we liked were spaces for 200+ people and they all felt ridiculous for 40 people. In the end I know everyone will have a good time and the food will be amazing, but in the mean time I have venue regret! Anyone else not love their venue?
Post # 3
@Irish2014: My venue isn’t what I wanted. However the nice garden venue I did want was $1500 just for the space (so not happening). So I have this great big lot that I can do anything with everyone who saw it was shocked at the size and liked it. It has great things that I love but will need a bit dressing up. The size and the beautiful water view and the fact I can do whatever I want have it for however long I want and it’s totally free are what sold me. I been to a wedding where the area wasn’t that great but everyone had a nice time and loved it (since I’m in wedding planning I see the things I wouldn’t want my guests to take notice I guess).
Post # 4
@Irish2014: My venue is exactly what I wanted.
I just wanted to say though, if I were a guest to your wedding, I wouldn’t care how pretty things looked as long as I can have a great meal and get drunk. So for me, I think your venue will be perfect! Too bad I’m not invited…
Post # 5
i like my venue but don’t exactly love it. there are a few downfalls (it’s rustic, not a typical wedding venue so they don’t provide much, plus there is NO SHADE during our outdoor ceremony, which worries me and almost has me wishing for rain LOL) but it just worked out for us. great budget, the general feel that we want, in between both of our families, etc.
Post # 6
@Irish2014: I just wanted to bring up that when I go to a wedding, I rarely, if ever, even remember the decorative components. I can hardly remember the color schemes or aesthetics of the weddings that I’ve been in! Food, on the other hand, I ALWAYS remember. The nicest venue in the world doesn’t make up for a terrible meal. If you spent your money on the food, I think you did the right thing! While the venue space feels like a big deal to you, your guests will be much more thrilled that they are being served a delicious meal and enjoying their time! 10 years from now, no one will remember what the space looked like but everyone will remember if they ate a good meal and had a great time!
Don’t sweat it 🙂
Post # 7
- Wedding: September 2014 - Jacksonville Inn
@crackktheskyy: This is how we felt too! Our catering is 50% of our budget because we want our guests to enjoy a really nice meal with us. The downside is the garden, but I’m sure the only person who will notice is me.
Post # 8
We’re on an extremely tight budget. I do not like my venue; it’s not beautiful, it’s not in a great location, but it’s practically free (FH’s church and church hall for the reception). Needs a lot of decorating and a laid-back couple to make it work… I’m trying to fulfill those two requirements 😉
At the end of the day, I’ll be marrying the love of my life. All the rest are just details of a single day. Hardly anything I’m gonna let get me down!
Post # 9
I was mehhh about my venue as well – very few places to take really pretty photos. I even tried to work around it by finding another place to take photos during the day but nope, it was taken by another wedding! In the end though I just told the photog to focus on up close photos of me and DH =)
Post # 10
I like it, but it wasn’t my first choice. My dream venue was slightly over budget.
Post # 11
@Irish2014: I can say I ”love” it in the sense that it was the first FI and I liked and we felt the owners were so understanding and helpful, we completely trust them (it’s family owned) – the place looks beautiful, and I don’t doubt we will have a beautiful wedding there and amazing food, and amazing pictures.
But it’s not exactly what I had in mind either. Realistically, we couldn’t afford/didn’t want to spend for the ”exactly what we want” venue, we didn’t feel the difference of price was worth it. This place is the second best, and the little details I don’t like are not significant enough compared to everything we love about this place.