Post # 1
My friend had her wedding reception at and EXTREMELY inexpensive venue. I’m talking $20 for a plated steak dinner including cocktail hour hors d’oeuvres. Unheard of. But I never considered it for myself because she complained about how awful the room looked. Here I’m imagining walls with paint chips falling off of it and horrible lighting.
As it turns out, it’s this adorable 70’s retro style place that I find totally unique and charming!
There are a couple of outdoor archway things that make for a beautiful ceremony site and the landscape seems very well kept. However guests would have to stand or chairs would have to be rented. Also if you choose to have your ceremony there, you only get an extra half hour. So afterwards, your guests go in for cocktail hour while you take pics outside and you basically miss 1 hour of your 4 hour reception…so I don’t think I’d have my ceremony there.
The outside of the building isn’t very well kept. For example there’s foliage debris that no one bothered to sweep out of the crevaces in certain places. Inside there’s some really badly decorated rooms and some totally creepy doll display cases. But the room I am looking at is more classy and has little details I just love!
There are a couple downsides I’m concerned about:
#1- With prices like that, I don’t know about the food quality.
#2 Some of the money I would save if I were to go with this place would have to be spent on floor length linnens (the chair covers need to be rented and I’m not set on how I feel about them). I might also have to take extra measures to reduce the slightly musty aroma that permeates the building. Decorations and centerpieces will be a little more work since, unlike a mid grade hotel, they don’t have mirrors and votive candles included in my package.
My question –has anyone picked a low budget venue like this but ended up having to spend more on extras that they may as well have gone for the more expensive options?
Post # 3
I can’t totally answer your question because this isn’t the route we went, but I did want to mention that you should consider saving yourself stress anywhere possible.
We had a higher-end reception venue and while expensive, it included ALL of the little extras. So while not saving us money, it did save us stress. 🙂
Post # 4
@Gemstone: Did you just have fewer guests than you wanted then? Were you sad to exclude people?
Post # 5
@Gemstone: This! I completly agree. And I didn’t go the route you are considering, I did go with the route of $60 per person, but it included EVERYTHING. Set up, break down, linens, cocktail hour, 3-course plated dinner, wedding cake, open bar, and little centerpieces consisting of mirror and candles (I added more to that). In the end, it was great because I didn’t have so much stress and the venue was BEAUTIFUL!
Post # 6
I would definately do the ceremony and pictures elsewhere so that you can enjoy your full reception, but other than that I think it sounds like a steal! It may take some extra work to get all the details together, but you’ve got a year!
Post # 7
I am going with a mid-priced reception hall—-but it is GORGEOUS. so gorgeous in fact, that I do not have to do ANY decorating. None. No flowers, no centerpieces (they have a beauuuutiful candle/candelabra), and no chair covers. I AM SAVING A FORTUNE by paying slightly higher per person. If I went with a place that had a cheaper per person price and no decorations, I’d be paying probably closer to $1000 in flowers, plus costs of linens/chair covers, and little decoration items. Our base per person is $24.95, and its $14.95 pp for open bar if we go that route, but it will still save us a bundle of money. We’re looking to spend no more than $8,000 total. Hope this helps!!
Post # 8
I once went to a wedding held in a school gym. Seriously. But you know what, it looked amazing and I didn’t even notice the basketball hoops (ha) until I was leaving. The bride used beautiful details to keep our eyes off the walls and ceiling. She had gorgeous and tall centerpieces and the uplighting was incredible.
My personal advice, since our budget has gotten out of control (double) what it started out as, if you can get a bargain at a venue that you like with only minor concerns, do it! And the one thing I’d recommend splurging on, just a little bit, would be uplighting. Professionals can use lighting inside and outside to vastly improve those minor things you want to hide.
Post # 9
@Luv2BeachIt: Agreed!!! If you can get a bargain, do it! There’s no reason you NEED to spend most of your budget on venue, when you could spend it on things the guests will enjoy more directly. Plus, let me tell you, on top of the venue/food/alcohol, the other things do add up, so choose your venue wisely!