- 7 years ago
- Wedding: July 2012
My wedding isn’t until next July but I’m trying to get my venue nailed down early due to the popularity for summer weddings. I have found my dream venue. My sister got married there in 2004, but they have made a LOT of changes there since she got married. The venue is called longview mansion: http://www.longviewmansion.com.
It is absolutely breathtaking and their pavillion, which is a permanent tent that is heated/cooled, is beautiful. It has chandeliers that remind me of something David Tutera would come up with! Anyway, here is why I am feeling overwhelmed.
For a Saturday wedding, you have to spend $12,000 minimum. Sure, this would include the ceremony and reception venue, food, drinks, coordinator, and the typical things a venue provides such as linens, glassware, plates, silverware, tables and chairs, ect… I met with who would be my coordinator and I absolutely LOVE him. He made me feel so comfortable and gave me every detail I could want about how my wedding would go. He even personalized it to my guest list. Gosh, it was just an amazing experience!
Okay, back to why I am feeling overwhelmed. I realize that $12,000 is a lot of money. That doesn’t include my dress, the bridesmaid dresses, the guys’ tuxes, the dj, photographer, invitations, or centerpieces. There is so much stuff! I’m just afraid that if I choose my dream venue, the one that seems PERFECT, that my parents will have a hard time. My family is a little on the wealthier side, but the economy has taken its toll on us as well. Of course, they’re not paying for everything. Probably just the venue and food and drink (included in the venue price). Everything else, unless my dad forbids me (not unlikely), should fall on my FI and I.
Should I give up my dream venue? During our tour, I just couldn’t wipe the smile off of my face. I felt like I was in heaven! It’ll be hard to give it up because every other venue I’ve tried just isn’t the same… Oh, did I mention it’s 5 minutes from my house and it’s a part of my town’s history? The only con about the place is the price.
Have any of you come across this decision? What did you do?