Post # 1
My FI and I have been looking at a few venues lately and I think I’ve narrowed it down to two real contenders. The first is an absolutle dream, includes all my must-haves and is absolutely breathtaking! However, the price is quite steep. The per plate price is around $150, which is reasonable for the package however it is a little pricer than we were hoping. It’s at a golf club/banquet hall with 5 event rooms so there would be lots of other events going on that night as well which is a negative. But if I’m being honest I’ve kind of envisioned getting married there since we first saw it.
The second venue is beautiful as well. Includes most of my must-haves and a few add-ons that I hadn’t thought of but love. Their price is much more reasonable, at $58 a plate which actually includes more food options and courses than the first location. It would easily fall within our budget and leave much more “breathing room” for other expenses. It’s a private club/garden space and we would be the only people renting the facility so we’d have much more privacy.
If we go with location #1 it will be a stretch to keep within budget with almost all our budget going toward the venue. Location #2 would be far more comfortable financially and give us almost all the same things as location #1. Which spot should I go with?
Post # 2
- Wedding: June 2014 - San Francisco, CA
That’s always a tough question, but at the end of the day: how important to you is the PERFECT venue when you have one that’s also really good but cheaper? If you could only splurge on one thing for your wedding, would it be the venue?
There’s no right or wrong answer, just a way of thinking about it. They both sound nice.
Post # 3
I would personally go with options 2, the pros outweight the pros of the first :
– its beautiful
– includes most must haves & then some
– more food options & courses is a + for your guests!
– privacy from other events
Do you have pictures of both? that would really help us get a better idea, but if both are beautiful I would go with the 2nd options, it sounds like you’d be getting more bang for your smaller buck.
Post # 4
- Wedding: February 2015 - Chapel on Base
I’m a budget bride and #2 sounds like much more bang for your buck. Food alone with more options for less is reason enough.
Post # 5
I was in this exact scenario, and I went for scenario #2; lovely and more affordable. It was hard letting go of the place that I’d pictured myself saying “I do” (my fiance was also very attached; it was very much us, AND he proposed the first day we saw it… Can you tell I’m not completely over it?) But we 100% made the right decision. That one decision would have been great, but the rest of planning would have been SO stressful, and we would have had to scrimp on every single other thing. If it means no ice sculpture and live music to do your dream venue, great, but if it means you’ll have to stress and cut corners for the rest of the planning process and still likely come in over budget… It’s probably not the right venue for you 🙁 That was what we decided, at least.
Post # 6
FutureMrs.Cammack: We were in a similar situation. Venue 1 had breathtaking city views but was a touch too small and about 50% more expensive than the other, and venue 2 had nice views, bigger capacity and was much cheaper. It was a hard decision but we eventually went for the cheaper option, which is still wonderful, and I’m 100% sure we made the right decision and have no regrets over it. I read a great article on ‘a practical wedding’ that basically said that it doesn’t have to be THE most amazing place ever, you’re not going to live there, you’re just spending half a day there getting married. It really helped me realise the pricier one just wasn’t worth it.
Post # 7
Go with your dream. My venue is $240/pp, but for me, the views, the food and a private graden and beach made me and FI HAVE TO HAVE IT.
Post # 8
#2 all the way. Privacy is a huge luxury- I would not like being next to all those events. And the price difference is huge! You’ll have so much more to spend on alllll the other things to buy. If you blow your budget right off the bat you’ll have to penny pinch on every little detail and will likely end up over budget. And you could marry in the garden!
Post # 9
If there was a price differential, that was small, I’d say go with the breathtaking one. But since it’s $92 per person pricier, you’d have to justify $$$wise, that it was worth it, which may be impossible to do.
Sharing space is not fun. My old office used to have a holiday dinner, at the boss’s country club and our 20 people would sit at one end of the L-shaped dining room. There would always be a loud & rowdy large company, using their ballroom, for their annual party. The facility had a small ladies room and the line was enourmous. Usually there would be at least one stall being used for the drunk & sick, someone would be crying or fighting in/around the ladies room, etc. Not pleaseant!
Post # 10
I really value being the only bride at a venue. So on that alone I would go with #2. Plus, then you will have a lot more money for “extras” and awesome music and other things.
Post # 11
From your perspective – Which place will photograph better and which place has the tastier food (quality over quantity)?
From your guests perspective – Which place is more convenient to get to?
Post # 12
FutureMrs.Cammack: If venue #2 is within in your budget, and venue #1 is a massive difference in cost, then I think the answer is sorts a no-brainer. Go with #2!!!!! I promise, when it is all said and done, the ‘details’ will not matter as much as the memories of the day. And so, going way outside of your budget would not be ‘worth’ it!!
Post # 13
I was in the same boat. Wedding costs add up fast and #1 is at the top of your budget already. You want your day to be special and #1 will have a lot going On and not provide that intimate feeling. The food is better at #2, its still beautful and you can use the extra money into something else you’ll need.
I would say go with #2 honestLy. I am going to go with my cheaper/closer/more private venue choice as opposed to the farther/pricier/more epic one.
Post # 14
I’d really dislike being one of many events going on. That said, look with a critical eye as far as what the large price difference really represents. I’d ask to do a meal tasting at both. Check reviews. I would also ask about the number of servers as well as their experience and that of the head chef and event coordinator. If food, service, reliability and reputation are superior at the pricier venue, personally, I would be willing to make cuts elsewhere.
What I would not do, however, is overspend or go into debt for a wedding you can’t afford.
Post # 15
jenilynevette: I saved some images from their websites.
Reception Hall Venue #1
Ceremony Space Venue #1
Reception Hall Venue #2 (this is also using the same decorator we plan on hiring)
Ceremony Space venue #2 — they have lots of options for the ceremony since they are on 40 acres of forest/gardens with lots of gazebos, etc. but this is the space we liked best