Post # 1
So here’s the scoop – FI and I are on a pretty tight budget. Most venues in our area were way out of our price range. We ended up renting a property from a friend of Mr. Valhalla’s parents for a STEAL at $250 for the day. It is a lovely old house on the water with gardens surrounding it. I had never seen it in person, but Mr. Valhalla and his parents swore it was great. I saw pictures and thought so too…but a few days ago I finally got to see it in person (we travelled to our destination wedding site to take care of a few things).
In pictures, it is great. Up close in person though, I really saw how the place was in disrepair. The interior needs a good coat of paint and in one of the bathrooms, the faucet broke off in my hand!! The boadwalk outside had lots of damage from the ocean waves, and paint is chipping off the outside of the house.
I think I just want to go with the flow and decorate to go with the more “rustic” appearance of the property. Our wedding is based with nature themes anyways, so I think I can make it work. I also think part of the challenge too, was seeing the property in the winter…so it didn’t look as nice as the pretty photos from the summer.
How has anyone else found their venue to be in less than ideal condition? What did you do?
Post # 3
I am using an old school house that is now a community center. It is on the ocean and also looks worn (cause it is!). There is probably also going to be a little construction that won’t impact function, but won’t look pretty. However, I am using that to my advantage. My tastes run to the formal and high end, but most of my guests (as in our families) are more comfortable in a bowling alley. At this place we can do pastoral chic and still feel stylish, without alienating people.
Sea side places especially lend themselves to this approach. Choose colors that look windswept, and use lots of natural materials and varied textures.
Post # 4
I think your idea to go with it is perfect. Do you have a DOC or planner? They should be able to give you some tips on how to decorate it better. The faucet and any other stuff that’s necessary to hygiene and such should be fixed asap, though.
Post # 5
I think you can totally make this work. One idea might be leave just a few areas open to your guests as opposed to the whole property. That way, you can focus your time and money on a smaller area and really make it look fabulous!
Post # 6
And if the bathrooms seem like they could be an issue (from a functional perspective), maybe check out renting one of those port-a-potty trailers (basically a 4 stall bathroom on wheels) so you’re guests aren’t left without a commode.
Post # 7
Thanks for the replies!
@cinema – Unfortunately, we don’t have a DOC or a planner, it just wasn’t in our budget. But I am just going to go with the flower and look up inspiration pics online to see what kind of decorations might work with the place. It is still a beautiful property, it just needs a bit of TLC.
The venue has a caretaker, so I am sure it would not be unreasonable of me to ask him to ensure the bathrooms are in working order prior to the wedding (including broken faucets).
As for the paint – just going with the flow. Lots of our decorations are not going to be the traditional wedding stuff anyway – no tulle will be found anywhere! I am looking into having someone make a twig archway, and we will have paper lanterns decorating the area. FMIL will be filling vases with some seasonal plants and flowers from her garden. I am also going to snag lots of white lights on sale after Christmas to use to decorate the venue with.
Post # 8
Candlelight covers a multitude of sin. You can make it work sister!