Free venue, less than perfect location

posted 3 years ago in Venue
Post # 3
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291 posts
Helper bee

If you’re saving money on the venue, can you afford to put on a couple of buses there and Back? i’d happily drive 45 minutes to someone’s wedding, but being the lush that i am I enjoy having a few drinks, and would enjoy a party bus! 

Post # 5
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473 posts
Helper bee

If you love the venue and can totes see yourself getting married there, I would wholeheartedly throw my vote in to just do it.  This day is about you and your fiance, like you said, and if you both love this location than there really isn’t much else to sway you.  A 45 minute drive is really nothing to worry too much about. I don’t think I’ve ever driven less than that for a wedding anyway. If you wanted to be super generous, providing transportation would go a long way, but in my mind, good directions and a few taxi cab numbers is all you will need. I say go for it! It sounds beautiful. (And it being free is super awesome!)

 

Although, I’m making my family and friends drive three states away to see me get married, so… Tongue Out

Post # 6
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2013

Before you make a decision, you should look at the price of the tent, transportation, and fancy port-o-potties.  Tent rentals are expensive.  For my wedding, I went with a venue that was cheaper, and completely dismissed one that seemed FAR more expensive up front.  In the end, because of all the rental stuff, it would have been cheaper to have gone with the more expensive one.  Like $2000 cheaper.  

 

What other venues have you looked at?  What is included at the venues?  

Post # 7
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291 posts
Helper bee

If it were mI, I’d arrange a pick up point at some kind of central location with cheapish, convenient parking, and maybe near some hotels. Then I’d stay that the bus(es) will be picking up at X time, and will collect everyone from the wedding at Y time and take them back to the drop off point. That way anyone who wants to have a drink (or a few, I’m with you!) can do, and gpcan find themselves a hotel, and people who are driving don’t feel like it’s a long drive. 

Alternatively, camping! 

Post # 9
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

@zimme1sm:  Is it a lot of family? Larger groups of friends?  I’m sure most people will arrange to carpool with a DD on there own so that those who want to be able to drink and not worry about driving will be able to.  That’s what my friends and I have done in the past when we’ve had to drive a bit to a wedding.

 

Are any of your guests ourdoorsy?  I’ve also been to weddings where you can set up camp and sleep at the venue in a tent afterward!

 

As far as nicer port-a-potties, yep.  They definitely exist and they certainly arent “tacky” if you think of the alternative of the less expensive ones.  It would be a nice gesture to keep traffic out of the house all day.   Also, more convenient for guests if the house and the barn aren’t necessarily right next to each other.   For example: http://www.jaysportables.com/Trailers.html

EDIT: To mirror what some PPs have said, doing everything on your own CAN end up being just as expensive if not more so than renting out an “all-inclusive” venue.  The last wedding I went to, the bride and her family did everything themselves, brought it a tent, chairs, tables, linens, everything and multiple family members did comment that if they had to do it all over again, they wouldn’t have gone that route.

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