Post # 1
Is it better to get a cheaper church reception hall so that you can get all kinds of other things you want (photographer, video, dj, etc.) or is it more worthwhile to have an all inclusive banquet reception and just sacrifice on some of the other additions?
I know it is ultimately my and my fiance’s decision, I am just curious if anyone has made this decision in the past and regretted it or felt good about it.
Post # 3
I think it’s important to look at and break down your whole budget before you start looking for things…. it’s good to have an idea of what you can spen don each thing to still be able to have another.
Once you have that then you can get a better idea of where you want to cut and what you can do without or CAN’T do without.
I know that I spent alot less on our venue b/c I wanted things like photog. What is going to be MOST important the weeks following the big day…. how the place looked? the service of all inclusive? the pics?.. the dancing (DJ).. what? like you said it’s ultimately up to you and your FI so talk about what ya’ll want, don’t want, or don’t care first. =)
Post # 4
I think it depends on what you want for your reception. Does the church hall allow dancing and secular music? At the all inclusive place are you only allowed to use their vendors? I would make a top 10 list of what you think is most important and then look to see which place covers most or all of those needs. Also check it out from both sides. How much would it cost to rent the church hall and provide everything you need along with set up and then compair that to the all inclusive place. You may find one is way cheaper/ easier to work with then the other. Good luck!!!!!
Post # 5
If you go with the church hall you should make sure they allow dancing, music, and alcohol if you want those things to be a part of your reception. I tried to find a church hall that didn’t mind but never found any. Goodluck.
Post # 6
I agree with the other posts. If you are having secular music, alcohol and the church doesn’t mind, very cool, and then do it. I think if I attened a reception at a church hall and drank alcohol and was dancing to the lastest billboard hits I would feel a little hesistant but it you’re cool and the church is cool then do your thing.
Post # 7
@lalatrina26: No alcohol, but they said music and dancing is fine. 🙂
Post # 8
I think it depends what priorities you have. For some people the setting is the most important, for others it’s the flowers, for others it is the photography, for some they want their entire family there, and are happy with doing a bbq or appetizers, or whatever. I agree with the others, decide what is the most important for the two of you, and then you can better make your decision. It’s your day, after all! 🙂