Post # 1
I swear I am so damn indecisive. Sorry for the language usage, but at this point it gets across the emphasis I need. I just posted the other day about how excited I was to find my venue. I haven’t signed yet because I live out of town, but they are holding the date for a week until I put the deposit down. However, now there is a venue here in the town I live in that is an option. I completely love the first venue, but I do really like the second. If you would like picutres for reference, here’s the links for each:
1. The first venue, a boathouse, costs more. The second, a theater, costs about half.
2. The boathouse is in the city I prefer to marry in, but the second is where I live currently (because of school).
3. The first is closer to family, but many of my collge town guests would have to go there (it’s only an hour away), but the theatre would be less travel for the number college guests in town.
4. The theater is more personal because my FI and I met during an acting class.
Anyone else end up having to choose between the town they love and the town that was cheaper?
Post # 3
For me this is easy. If I was torn between two, fairly equally, in the end I’d end up going with the significantly cheaper one. I think what you need to ask yourself, “Is the boat house worth that extra money?” If it is, then go for it. If you’re doubting the extra money, then I think you should go with the cheaper one. They both seem really really nice!
Edit: also “The theater is more personal because my FI and I met during an acting class” I’m a sucker for venues that have more meaning to them than “oh this is a pretty/gorgeous/elegant venue”
Post # 4
- Wedding: March 2012 - Pelican Grand Beach Resort
I feel like it’s less of a burden on friends to party and then drive about an hour home than for family and family friends, so that makes me lean towards the boathouse, but if you budget is tight, that money could make a huge difference. Have you discussed this with the other people contributing?
Post # 5
@mrsSonthebeach: Yes. My parents, FI, and I are splitting the cost and they are okay with whatever, although I know the theatre would be better financially. My college town is pretty downtown where the theatre is, but downtown Wichita just has the wow factor going for it, and I think that is why it pulls me in.
Post # 6
Before I became a lawyer, I was an actor. I adore the theatre, but then I’m partial.
Post # 7
@Woodstock: So true. This post has helped a lot. I’m going to look at the theatre tomorrow in person. Plus my FI has worked there for some events and he knows lighting so he can design customized lights. The more I think and try not to stress, I see how it is the better option. Thank you for your input! You helped me more than you know!
Post # 8
Theater! It’s personal to you, it costs way less, and it’s closer to college friends, who may not have the means to travel because college notoriously keeps folks dirt poor!
It’s a win for everyone except your parents, who would probably travel to wherever you wanted to get married anyway.
Post # 9
One thing I noticed is that the boathouse is bright and open, kind of a spring feel, whereas the theater is darker with a more evening mood. I think you need to think about what you want the feel of the wedding to be 🙂 They’re both lovely.
Also, what level of price difference are we talking? Hundreds? Thousands?
Post # 10
@loving_life: The boathouse is $2650 while the theater is $1100. Also, the boathouse is for 6 hours +3 hours decorating time while the theater is all day from 8a-midnight. I know by far the theater is a better deal. I just like the location of the boathouse.
Post # 11
Definitely the theater. I think all of the things you like more about the boathouse will seem much less important on your wedding day. But the things that you like about the theater (it being sentimental, especially) will make the day that much more special.
Post # 12
@MissHornet: if you love the boathouse maybe you could have TTD photo shoot there after the wedding, or get engagement photos there if you havent had them done? I agree also the boathouse does look nice and light but you could do some extra stuff with lighting at the theatre with money you have saved from not hiring the more expensive boathouse venue. Plus the fact you get the theatre for longer will be a bonus.