Between two venues, which would you pick? Pros/Cons and LOTS of pictures

posted 1 year ago in Venue
  • poll: Which venue?
    Venue 1: Get date, rooftop pavilion, sunset, no rain backup, weird dance floor and maybe upcharges : (17 votes)
    18 %
    Venue 2: Get a weird date, possibly too cold, guaranteed inclusive service, best bad-weather backup : (77 votes)
    82 %
    Depends. I'll comment. :P : (0 votes)
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    Bumble Beekeeper

    Both are beautiful locations, but I say go with the first. The cons of going with #2 are a lot more serious. I wouldn’t worry about the dance floor thing at all TBH.  It sounds like if everything goes perfect, you’d prefer #1 anyway. Good luck!

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    Bumble Beekeeper

    @yanamari:  Is there any way to get on a waiting list to get the date you want at #2?  I worry that if you get the later date it will be cold and look like a fall wedding.

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    Sugar bee

    I picked too mainly because I think going with venue one is rolling the dice, and I also heard of people who got burn when they had one budget then they raise the prices after the reno so look at your contract closely if you go with them to make sure you can lock in the prices quoted

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    Buzzing bee

    It sounds to me like there are more pros with the second venue and if it has a good plan for bad weather it will be ok if the weather is colder than you would like!

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    2467 posts
    Buzzing bee

    If these are your only two options, then without a doubt #2.  I do think you should keep looking so you could get the date you want, though.

    No Bay Bridge, better reception venue, and better pricing (all inclusive is huge!  This area is so expensive for rentals!) are all huge factors.  Don’t worry about the photos- good photographers can make a parking lot look glamourous.  Parking in a gravel lot is also no big deal at all- honestly, can you remember the parking lot at any wedding you’ve ever been to?  If you really wanted beach photos, you could also take bridal portraits on the beach or rent a minibus for your bridal party and get some photos during cocktail hour.  

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    Bee Keeper

    I voted two, we looked at a venue while it was still under construction and half of the things they told us never came to fruition (including a really cool pergola on the rooftop) so I’m suspicious about renovations.

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    Buzzing bee

    I think that’s hard, but I would go with your first choice, which seems to be venue 1. 

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    Bumble bee

    I voted 2.  While 1 could be fantastic, it’s a big gamble.  All the things you love about 1 could be done away with by the renovations.  If you did chose 1, I would make sure your contract outlines no price increases and that you have a really good grasp of everything the renovations will do.  Finally, the dance floor would throw me: there isn’t a good way around that formatting.

     

    2, while it has its fair share of cons, it’s all thing that you can work around and live with.  You can change the setting of the pictures if you want sunset, although I think just having the lighting and the colors in the sky will be enough.  No one will mind the parking lot either.  Plus, their willingness to work with you and be flexible is BIG.  I obviously don’t know much about fall by you, but here (CT), leaves don’t REALLY start changing until mid-October.  A little color can be a pretty without being “fall-like.”

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    Blushing bee

    Well if it is only between these 2 options I say go with #2, celebrations. I think the ballroom there is beautiful. But from a fellow Marylander, have you looked into other venues? There are so many waterfront venues here, if that is what you are going for. You might be able to get all the things on your wishlist.  

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