Stuck between two venues

posted 2 years ago in Reception
  • poll: Which venue would a guest prefer?
    Multi-event venue with great food, party atmosphere, tons of choices : (4 votes)
    16 %
    1850s mansion with great ambiance but limited food choice : (21 votes)
    84 %
  • Post # 2
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: May 2015 - The Fairmont, SF

    As a non-beer/wine drinker, the second options wins by a mile on that alone!

    To be honest, from your descriptions, it kind of sounds like you’re a little bit more sold on Option 1. However, I think Option 2 sounds more elegant and what’s included honestly doesn’t sound “limited”. 5 hors d’oeuvres vs. 6 isn’t something that I’d notice and a paired plate of 2 entrees sounds like more than enough. I feel like with all of the food at both locations, I probably wouldn’t even make it to the dessert table… And again, there’s an open bar option! Haha.

    I’d go with #2. 🙂

    Post # 3
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    194 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: November 2014

    I’d go with #2 for the open bar. I always feel like the open bar brings more of a “party atmosphere” anyways 😉

    Post # 5
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    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: November 2014

    madmaxshannah:  Most of the upscale weddings I have been to recently did not have multiple food options. I feel like people go to weddings to have fun, and as long as they have a full stomach with decent food, no one will think twice about having many options.

    Can you post pics of both? You may get more responses that way.

    Post # 6
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    312 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: November 2015

    I love to boogie! #1 called out to me a lot more. I like the different selections of meals for your guests too.

    Post # 7
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    Busy bee

    Based on my own personality, I would also go with #2.

    To be honest, many weddings have just too much food.  Personally, I view over the top cocktail hours and Venetian hours as wasteful and unsophisticated, they don’t impress me with their abundance.  Many weddings may have multiple entree choices, but don’t forget that on average wedding food is mediocre at best.  How wonderful can this buffet really be?

    I’d pick the more elegant, intimate venue that will impress on appearance.  Also, you won’t have to worry about the weather because you’ll have a beautiful indoor space to take pictures and your event photos in general will be nicer.  The open bar is far preferable to the limited bar, the seated dinner is preferable to the buffet, and the menu has everything you need (5 passed hors d’oeuvres, appetizer, entree, dessert, wedding cake).  How much more food can people eat? 

    It really doesn’t matter, in my opinion, that there isn’t an entree choice.  If you’re serving two things on the plate and there’s a silent veggie option, that’s already a lot of choice.

    Post # 9
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: May 2015

    I ALMOST picked number 1 for the party atmosphere but I ended up picking number 2 because it sounds like the first one is very popular. I don’t like the idea of sharing a space and I actually picked my venue based on that as well. Number 2 sounds great and unique! 

    Post # 10
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    Sugar bee

    I go for elegant all the time. And, I must admit, I go for historic all the time – I’ve been a member of our National Trust for decades. I don’t drink alcohol at all, so that’s not a factor. My daughter just married at a historic venue where they had to transport all the food from another location. They could only offer one entree, and they chose a combo, but could also offer vegetarian (13% took us up on that). Oh, and btw, except for the cocktail hour food spread, I don’t like buffets for weddings.

    Having a shared building is a big pain. Shared bathrooms – you never know how much the other party’s guests will be drinking and getting sick; party crashers into your ballroom and the loud boom-boom of the other music are all real turnoffs.

    Post # 11
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: May 2015

    oooh after seeing the pictures I see how it’s so tough! Number one looks amazing! But I still think the mansion is worth the 2k based on its exclusiveness and the open bar. 

    Post # 12
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    Newbee

    I think it depends on what your guestlist looks like.  If you and your guests are mostly a younger crowd or like more of a party atmosphere then I’d go with the ballroom.  If a bit older or just more reserved in general (older relatives etc) then the mansion.

    I voted for the Mansion because that’s gorgeous and what I personally like.  While the ball room is really nice as well, sharing space with other parties is a “no” for me.

    Post # 13
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: May 2015 - The Fairmont, SF

    After seeing the pictures, I will say that #1 IS beautiful… The chandelier is simply stunning and, truthfully, isn’t what I’d envisioned when you said “party atmosphere”. But #2 has something about it that’s just timeless. Sticking with my original vote! 😀

    Post # 14
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: May 2015

    I voted #1. I think the pictures would be amazing. And as a guest, I love having lots of good food. However, #2 seems really nice as well and it seems you already made up your mind. 

    Post # 15
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    Busy bee

    Oh wow, thanks for sharing the pictures.  I 1000% agree with you.  Option #1 looks like a gaudy catering hall.  It is a very cold space – no windows, whatever cheap flooring that is.  Option #2 is warm…sweet porch, smaller rooms, carpeting, fire places.

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