(Closed) Need Opinions on Venue Options!

posted 7 years ago in Reception
  • poll: Which venue would you prefer as a guest?
    Option1: Friend's horse farm in metro area : (8 votes)
    57 %
    Option 2: Big house on lake : (6 votes)
    43 %
  • Post # 3
    2891 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: July 2013

    If it was me I would go with the horse farm. Forty minutes outside of Atlanta isn’t bad. They can stay in atlanta where there is lots to do. Maybe you could arrange for a passenger van to bring people out for the ceremony? I feel like most people would rent a car anyway. I know I would.

    My sister rented a lodge for her out of town guests but most chose to either drive home or stay somewhere else. She only had 3 takers out of 50+ guests. It was a huge waste of money.  She had asked the people that would be staying there to help cover the cost at $25 a night per room figuring she would get at least  a couple of hundred to defray costs. Nope all those rooms sat empty. She said if she was to do it over she wouldn’t have rented it or if she did she would have made a movie of this gorgeous place to show people. I guess people were afraid it was a dump because it was out in the country. City people! LOL (just kidding)

    Post # 4
    227 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: September 2011

    if you’re only really getting the lake to provide accomodations, I wouldn’t do it. Use the horse farm. If she offered it, I’m sure she understands the undertaking of such an event. Set aside a block of rooms at the nearest hotel, or in Atlanta and look into renting a school bus to shuttle the guests to the reception. That’s what we’re doing, even though its only 4 miles from the hotel. But if your family enjoy adult beverages, most buses will let you drink on the bus which I’m sure will make the ride more enjoyable. It’s not as ‘fancy’ but its more affordable than like a limo bus or something. Personally I wanted to do an outside wedding like this and my future uncle in law offered his farm but I had the same issues – no hotel nearby and the cost of renting everything. I didn’t want to deal with the hassel so we found a place that does it all for us.

    Post # 6
    6893 posts
    Busy Beekeeper
    • Wedding: March 2012

    Is it on Lake Lanier? Oconee? I’m intrigued.

    I will say that I would go with the horse farm – it’s definitely going to be cheaper for you and I take it you’d have to provide linens, etc etc, for either event since neither is a “traditional” facility. Whaddya know, neither is mine! (And btw – your date is my original date AND we’re from Atlanta too. Heh.) Anyways.

    You can find pretty good deals on the things you’d have to provide and, while nice, I don’t find it necessary for you to provide the place to stay for your guests. They’re adults, they can handle it, especially with a few good suggestions by you and your groom.

    Post # 8
    6893 posts
    Busy Beekeeper
    • Wedding: March 2012

    @BambeeBliss: Ha oh girl you should have read some of my posts when I was venue shopping. I was like efffffff this. We looked at a lot of places and they were either ugly or expensive. :/ We looked at The Vines – that was a mistake. SO pretty but really? Over 3K just to BE here? Lol.

    We’re getting married at a place called the Locust Grove Event Center it’s in, you guessed it, Locust Grove down off of 75 South (FI lived a few towns over) and we are getting it for $950 since FI’s dad works for the county there. It’s originally $1200 which isn’t bad either! It’s a beautiful ballroom, but we have to make it work for both ceremony and reception (the only drawback). However, we’re providing all linens and flatware, etc, and I’ve been searching for the BEST deals – plates for $1! And I’m looking on Weddingbee and CL for linens, but I also found a website that has pretty great prices if I can’t find any better deals.

    Oconee is pretty far from Atlanta though, I would be wary of doing that. Snellville does have some pretty good hotels and things to do, so for that reason alone I think it would be at least a slightly better option. Oconee is just kind of way out there in the middle of nowhere.

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