(Closed) Venue Decisions – Please Help!

posted 5 years ago in Venue
  • poll: Which venue would you choose?
    Piedmont Community Hall : (23 votes)
    62 %
    Wedgewood Crystal Springs Golf Course : (8 votes)
    22 %
    UC Botanical Gardens : (4 votes)
    11 %
    Keep Looking : (2 votes)
    5 %
  • Post # 3
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: March 2013

    The first one is amazing, I loved that picture.. Is it way out of ur price range?

    Post # 4
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: September 2013 - Pavilion at Rocky Neck State Park

    The first one! It is so much more unique than the other two. It just looks so much more grand and open.

    Post # 5
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    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: September 2013

    I love the first. However, if it is out of price range, I would say do the 2nd. You can dress up the room, do uplighting, and make it look better.

    Post # 7
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    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: June 2014

    I don’t know if you’d want to spend this much, but from what I can tell you seem to be loving that great fusion of beautiful/grand nature scene with a beautiful/elegant sort of ballroom feel, maybe a country club would be a good way to go? I looked into one a while back that was really great and more affordable than some places and my guess is they would mind that people are not interferring with your wedding.

    Out of the options though, not only does it seem like its an affordable option for you but it seems like you really feel that you will get what you want from the second option which is beautiful by the way.

    Post # 8
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: September 2013

    I have to admit that the 3rd ceremony venue is the venue of my dreams, I would kill to be married surrounded by redwoods in just that way. That said, I vote for venue 1. You still get the redwoods, I really like the character of the reception hall, and I wouldn’t worry too much about strangers being around. Most people will respect that there is a wedding and won’t gawk too much 🙂

    Plus, being able to choose your own caterer/etc might save you money in the long run!

    Post # 9
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: March 2013

    in order of preference

    venue 1

    venue 3

    venue 2

    allowing outside vendors is major pro in my book and i like the pics

    edit – also the 2nd venue is windy. which means def cant have hair done, and even an updo would most likely be affected, even if you hairspray it into submission

    Post # 11
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    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: September 2013

    @DaniLyn:  Most venues close curtains so it gets a different feel. That combined with the right lighting makes a HUGE difference. You can also get draping. However, keep in mind that you may end up spending a considerable amount to make the room look better to you so if that venue is not MUCH cheaper than I dont know if I would want to pay for all of that.

    Post # 12
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    Bumble bee

    I love the forest type ceremonies. I really love the first option, but still i would keep on looking as well.

    Post # 13
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: January 2013

    #1 all the way

    Post # 14
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: September 2016

    I voted for the second choice for these reasons:

    1) That ceremony location is TO DIE FOR. Not that redwoods aren’t beautiful, but I live farther north than you, where there are redwoods in spades. The trees at the other ceremony sites are so dinky and small looking, it really doesn’t matter that they are redwoods. Basically, unless the redwoods are big and tall, I don’t see them as a huge advantage. And, especially if you specifically ask you photog to get good depth of field in your photos, shots of you and your DH with that ravine in the background would be amazingly romatic. Just amazing. I know a bit about photography, and if I had to chose a place for amazing ceremony photos, that would be it.

    2) It’s in your price range, which will save you a budgeting headache later.

    3) It seems like they offer better service there, and that will take care of things for you. That will save you so much stress, and I think dealing with the challenge of the reception hall is worth it. While I admit that the first option has a better reception site, it seems like you’d be paying more money to do more work yourself. The second hall, decorated how you want it, filled with your loved ones, will look amazing.

    Post # 15
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    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: December 2012

    I love the first one Piedmont Community Hall. Both the reception and ceremony look stunning and welcoming. Plus the guests don’t have to travel too far between the sites.

    Post # 16
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: September 2018

    I LOVE number 1 but I don’t think you should go significantly over budget.  I voted number 3 because I agree, that reception area in 2 is very meh.

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