Do these costs sound reasonable to you? Venue Options. . .

posted 3 years ago in Venue
  • poll: Which is a better deal?
    Wedding in fields : (5 votes)
    16 %
    Wedding at pavilion venue : (26 votes)
    81 %
    Other (please explain) : (1 votes)
    3 %
  • Post # 3
    Member
    9532 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: August 2013

    I went the rent stuff in a field option and I will warn you it’s a lot of work! I think our port-a-pots were about $75 apiece and we had 3 (about 1 per 50 people). Also, don’t forget a generator. I hired a DOC to help organize everything because there’s a lot to coordinate on the day-of when your’e at an off-site venue. So by the time you factor in the bathrooms and DOC, your costs are likely to be similar. 

    To me, I liked the feel of having the wedding at home (my dad’s home) (technically, his neighbor’s home since we used their yard). But it was definitely a lot more work. I didn’t have an option like you have, if I had I might have gone that route. Getting the whole weekend to set up and tear down is a huge deal. Do both have adequate parking and a way to get to/from the hotel?

    ETA – I checked my budget and I was way off. The port-a-pots were about $150 apiece. But we upgraded to the ones that flush and have sinks. I think the standard ones were closer to $75.

    Post # 5
    Member
    2535 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: October 2012

    Why would you need a portable bathroom at your home?

    Post # 6
    Member
    9532 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: August 2013

    @Creiddylad:  Are you having alcohol? If so, would the other facility let you bing in your own alcohol? Buying our own alcohol was a huge savings for us. I also paid very little for decor – but spent a ton of time! I also spent a ton of time shopping for vendors to get the best deals.

    Post # 7
    Member
    1266 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: August 2015

    I voted pavilion, because you don’t want to be stressed out about setting up then breaking down on your wedding day. Having someone else take care of all of that is worth it, in my opinion.

    Post # 9
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    9532 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: August 2013

    @Creiddylad:  Just make sure your can bring alcohol. because some spaces (especially parks) have weird policies about alcohol. But if it is regularly rented out for events, you may be good to go!

    Post # 10
    Member
    2535 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: October 2012

    @Creiddylad:  I would not use a portable potty at a wedding and.. might even leave early or go somewhere else if I had to to use a real bathroom…

    thats just me tho.

    Post # 12
    Hostess
    8680 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: October 2014

    Wedding at pavilion venue.

    Renting all that stuff would probably cost around there anyway [bathrooms… tables/chairs, dance floor, ect]

    And for 3 days so you can set up early or use it as you please is really good.

    Post # 13
    Member
    1112 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: August 2013

    @Creiddylad:  Our reception was inside, but we had to set up everything for our wedding as well. To tell the truth, I kind of enjoyed it, it took my mind off the fact that I was getting married the next day! However, it would not have been possible without all the friends that helped us out. As well as our bridal party we probably had close to 20 people at the venue the night before who helped us set up tables and chairs, put on chair covers and tie cute bows with the sashes etc. I suggest that if you can find plenty of people to help out, you go for the field!

    Post # 14
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    10999 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: May 2009

    @alishaloo:  I think the OP may mean the type of portable restroom facilities that are very clean and elegant and are contained within large trailers.  I’ve been in some that, in addition to offering clean, spacious stalls, also have electricity, lighting, mirrors, air conditioning, and sinks with running water.

    Post # 15
    Member
    1981 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: November 2014

    @Creiddylad:  I think I would splurge on the venue- it’s worth my sanity.  Setting up for an outdoor wedding is a lot of work.  There are already so many pieces to come together without adding a tent, bathrooms, tables, and chairs.  Just my 2 c

    Post # 16
    Member
    1266 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: August 2015

    @Creiddylad:  I’ve been involved in a few fundraisers where outdoor tents were used, and the guys do usually set it up and take it down.  The thing is, someone needs to be there supervising everything, telling people where to put things, signing stuff, directing the trucks they come in, paying people, etc.  With tables and chairs, I think it depends on the company if they’ll set everything up for you or not, but again, it needs supervision.  Does the pavilion have a day-of supervisor? Do they have companies they always work with who know where to put everything and how it should be done?  That makes life a lot easier. I think by the time you rent everything and pay staff, the field and the pavilion will end up being around the same price.

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