(Closed) HELP! SELECTING WEDDING VENUE!

posted 10 years ago in Venue
Post # 3
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2007

Sorry – I’m not from New Jersey – so not familiar with either of these venues.  I’m a list maker – so I’d start a pro and con list for both venues/days/times – maybe that lits will point you to the answer 🙂  Do you have a basic theme/colors in mind?  That might wiegh into the decision too!

Post # 4
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Newbee
  • Wedding: September 2008

i’m from nj – and have seen both of these places.  first things first – you have to decide what kind of wedding you want to have – saturday night weddings are very different from sunday morning weddings.  i think you choice of places are suitable for the times they are available – but you need to figure out the "feel" you want to ultimately go for… that will answer your question for you pretty quickly.  good luck! both are fantastic places. 🙂

Post # 5
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Helper bee

agree with jilian – i think it just depends on your personal pros and cons.  daytime versus nighttime is a HUGE difference.  also, are these 2 places the same price?  are you going to have your ceremony at the venue or a church, b/c that may dictate when your reception should start (again, night vs day). 

on a personal note, I’ve been to the Westin (not for a wedding) but it’s a nice hotel, that’s very new.  I remember the ballroom being very nice and the carpet was actually decent!  I think the feel is overall very modern.  Also, if you have a lot of OOO guests, you may be able to get a great hotel deal if you host your wedding there.  just my thots.  GOOD LUCK!

Post # 6
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2008

I don’t know anything about either venue.  But we are using our local country club, and I am so happy with them.  First of all we already know most of the staff, and they are so interested in all our plans, and are going out of their way to be helpful.  (The wine buyer came over the other day while we were eating brunch to make sure we knew that they would get us any wine from any winery on their contract list, so we should just ignore the actual wine list, go out wine tasting, and figure out what we wanted that way!)  Also, since the country club is member-owned, and doesn’t have to make a profit beyond what is required for capital improvements, the prices on everything are really, really reasonable.  And there was no facility fee at all – just a food and drink minimum to shut down the whole clubhouse ($5000, which we will make easily).  And I really like the idea of the whole facility for only our party, especially after reading stories about people walking off with baskets of gift cards and things like that.  So there are potentially some big differences between using a country club and using a hotel – in price, privacy, and service.

Post # 7
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Helper bee

fyi – the rockleigh country club isn’t a real functional country club.  it’s basically a catering hall that they CALL "country club"

Post # 8
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2009

Sorry , not from NJ either , but I agree that you really need to think about what type of mood you are going for. As has been said before , there is a vast difference between a morning and a night event. Are you wanting more of a party with dancing ? people will be more inclined to do so in the evening. But Brunch weddings can be very sweet!!

Also it hasn’t been said yet but how long will it take you to get gussied up?? I personally have super long hair and it alone will take over an hour. I am NOT a morning person and have no desire to wake up at three to get ready for my wedding. 
From the information I could find they are both beautiful venues but I’m also going to suggest to weigh out your pro’s and cons. Good luck and don’t stress too much , once you have the venue the rest is easier!(at least it has been for me)

Post # 9
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2008

Ok. I am not from NJ but I would look at the following:

– If it is not a cost issue (cause saturday nights are always more expensive) than I would prefer saturday night

– Do you have a lot of out of town guests? Then you should definetly have it on saturday night

– Is your event the only event at both locations during that time? Then that is good. If not I would prefer to choose the location where you will be the only event (we are having our wedding at a country club without any concurrent event). Sometimes there are places that have 2-3 weddings running concurrently with complimentary valet parking. Can you imagine the nightmare that the guests have to go through waiting for their car to be parked..?

Saturday night plus: Also that way you have time to take pictures before the actual wedding starts without any rush.

– Do not forget the food tasting that could be a major decisive factor as well. We have tried anything from real horrible food to real good food. So you should definetly check that beforehand as well.

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