(Closed) Venue bait-and-switch. Tired of looking.

posted 5 years ago in Venue
Post # 3
2336 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2018

Man I’m so sorry. 🙁 Those prices are absolutely nuts. I did notice when I visited NYC a few years ago that everything was *so* expensive there, though!

Have you and your Fiance discussed maybe doing a destination wedding? Your guest list seems to be pretty small already, which is usually ideal for a Destination Wedding. And then you get a nice little vacation, too.

Post # 4
2622 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

Have you considered looking at renting a house for the weekend and bringing the cater in to the house? Many vacation homes can have that rustic look and with a smalll guest list you can book a larger house for only a couple days to fit them. 

Post # 5
1737 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

Where in New York are you located?

Post # 6
879 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

Because you have such a small guest list, I’d look into a private residence or a unique location like art gallery, museum, etc? Maybe even a restaurant and have the ceremony at a local area? Have you thought to do a lunch/brunch instead?

For me, finding a venue was the most difficult part of planning so far.  We also experienced a similar bait-and-switch (which they claimed was a misunderstanding) until I called them out on it and finally took matters to the vice-president. Any company who values their reputation will honor their word.  I’ve learned to get everything in writing on the first visit! Don’t give up — you’ll find the perfect venue, something will come up!

Post # 7
1026 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

What part of upstate New York are you looking in?  I’m from the area and theres a ton of places, some super pricey and some are really good deals.  I included a link to a Inn/restaurant in my hometown that fits the whole rustic cozy feeling, and is the perfect size for smaller groups. I know they  host events but its been years since I’ve planned anything there so I can’t tell you current prices. I can tell you the food is soooooooo yummy though lol.  


A lot of the bees are great about helping with online research so if you give us an area, maybe we can come up with some ideas to help you out.  

Post # 8
2651 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

Have you looked into B&B’s? Some have facilities for small receptions, and the grounds would make for a lovely wedding. This is what I did for my first wedding, and it was amazing. It was great having everything (ceremony, reception, lodging) all in one place.

Post # 9
182 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

@HisMoon:  +1

I was going to make the B&B suggestion too. That or a cabin or lodge. Good luck! Finding a venue was the most frustrating part for us too 🙁

Post # 11
285 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2014 - Glen Sanders Mansion

@FutureMrsLAL:  I’m right in Albany. I’m so sorry this is happening to You! What part of the Cap Dist are you looking at? 

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