- 3 years ago
- Wedding: October 2015
So I apologize in advance for this rambling post…Trying to wrap my head around everything…
Ugh, I never imagined that I would fall in love with two very different wedding venues to the point that it is actually giving me sleepless nights. I feel totally lost and have vowed to give myself a week to mull things over, talk with my FI, and get at the heart of what I really, really want.
My FI and I always knew we wanted a “unique” venue, as in not a country club, but where we live, it’s either country club or beach, and anything unique/historical is few and far between. Not to mention that most places that are not the country club or the beach are ungodly expensive. We are trying our best to keep it under $15,000, as my parents have graciously offered to pay $10,000 and with me being in grad school and not really working and my FI’s family not able to help out, we want to keep it pretty low-key.
The two venues I fell in love with are so different, but equally what I’ve been looking for. Each has many, many pros, but also some concerning cons which has kept me from pulling the trigger. The first place we fell in love with is a garden club:
–It’s beautiful all set up for a wedding, it fits in well with my “theme,” it is in an awesome location, it is a total blank space that I could go in and dress up, it’s beautiful…Did I mention beautiful??? Also, we can get married two years from now in February 2016.
–There are no actual workers, just volunteers, so you are kind of “on your own” as far as set up, break down, and throughout the wedding, the space is bare, so we would have to rent tables, chairs, linens, etc. and at $2000 just for the room, it adds up, especially as we are stocking the bar ourselves. The space seems like it might be a little small.
The next space is a local theater:
Excuse the bad glare from my iPhone flash.
–Very affordable, non-profit so they don’t hike up the prices just because it’s a wedding, you build your own wedding package, already have tables, chairs, etc., they run your wedding like a production, you hire their light and sound guys for $25 an hour, there are six different theaters you can rent out for the day
–It’s two floors, meaning some of our guests would have to sit upstairs; the space can only hold 100 people comfortably; they may not be able to arrange tables together, meaning some people would be at a table for two, the most four; lastly, their heavy production months are from november-july, meaning we would have to get married in August, September, or October of next year or wait until the following year. Now that we are engaged, we don’t want to push our wedding back again for a venue, but October 2015 is a bit before we were expecting to get married and I feel a little unprepared.
All in all, if you’ve stuck through this rant, is that I am having a first-world problem in that I have two, amazingly unique spaces available to me and I am having a terrible time deciding. I opened a poll so you could vote if you wanted.
Thanks for letting me vent.