Post # 1
We are looking at venues tomorrow with his mother.
The venues we are looking at are: a building on campus (new building, really cool architecture) that is a little pricy ,
a country club:
a beautiful indoor/outdoor wedding ceremony and reception location,
and a hotel for a reception.
I’m the least excited for the hotel, as I find it pretty overdone. BUT there are positives: the guests could go up to their room after the reception and stay later (also don’t have to worry about drunk drivers), and they offer a package deal that comes with everything you could think of…so it would be super easy to plan.
What do you think about hotel receptions?
Post # 3
I don’t see anything wrong with a hotel reception and don’t understand why they seem so terrible to some people. As long as you like the space, food, location, and price then I figure it’s a win-win. That being said, I don’t think you should settle for it if your budget allows for something you want more. Much like with other choices, it’s a matter of balancing out your priorities, i.e. awesome but pricey vs. alright but super easy. Good luck 🙂
Post # 4
@HisMoon: Yeah I think the hotel is definitely convenient. Our ceremony could be at the nice outdoor place and then the reception could be at the hotel.
Otherwise, there’s a really cool restaurant that doesn’t charge a rental fee and doesn’t have a food minimum (still expensive food, but pretty similarily priced with other venues) that I think would be cool.
Post # 5
I’m fine with hotel receptions, but I don’t love them. That first location is a stunner! The country club is lovely as well. Are any of them easily accessible to the hotels in your city? Do things like catering balance out the cost of the venues? I looked at some hotel venues that were inexpensive but the catering was over $100pp. Non-hotels were more flexible with catering.
Post # 6
@lauraashley09: Oh, just saw your comment about the restaurant. That’s what I chose to do after exhausting every venue in the city! It ended up being the cheapest overall because:
1. no rentals (tables chairs linens utensils etc all included)
2. barely any setup
3. decorating is easy as pie
I say do the restaurant but I’m biased! I’m renting a whole restaurant with no rental fee and the only requirement is to spend at least $4000 on food/drinks. We’ll easily spend $7000, but it’s much cheaper than other options for the type of food and service we wanted.
Good luck with the choice!
Post # 7
@crystalrae: The first location is amazing BUT we would have to limit our guest list and go with the smaller room than what is pictured in order to stay in budget. AND guests would need to pay 10$/car for parking. It’s easily accessible to a hotel…the hotel is actually right down the block.
The country club is also easily accessible to a hotel (the hotel pictured), as well as the outdoor location. (They are all located within 10 min of each other).
Only problem with the restaurant is that it’s not located near a hotel…probably about a 15-20 min drive to one.
Thanks for your suggestion! Glad you were able to find a nice place for a great price!
Post # 8
@lauraashley09: Which contry club is that? I have seen it many times but i cant remember it off the top of my head. I’m from MN as well 🙂